Ghost by Ella Henderson

Ella Henderson – “Ghost” – Ella comes to us from England, where she has been singing since she was 3yrs old for her family.  At the age of 5, she taught herself to play the piano and began putting on Christmas performances for her family every year going forward.  Thanks to these many performances, she was encouraged by her family to pursue music and ended up winning a scholarship to Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire; she was only 11yrs old when she won the scholarship.  In 2012, she decided to try out for The X Factor in the UK, using an original song that she wrote.  She made it on to the show and finished 6th; but Simon Cowell liked her so much, that he signed her to his label anyways.  In 2014, Ella released her debut album Chapter One which features numerous collaborations with popular song-writers and producers.  Her first single from the album, “Ghost”, was co-written and produce by One Republic front man Ryan Tedder. The song feels like a mash up of Adele and Leona Lewis from a vocal and genre standpoint, but the lyrics read like something that Taylor Swift would write (basically about a failed relationship). What I like about this song is Ella’s voice, it’s very powerful and commanding right from the opening line when she says “I keep going to the river to pray”. You can her the power in her voice and she hasn’t even presented us with the full breadth of her vocal capability. I’ve heard a number of different variations of this song, from the album version to a few stripped down versions.  I’ve provided you with both the album version and a tamed down version in which you can hear her voice more clearly.  The first 15 secs of the album version video has some noise that’s part of the music video and not the actual song. Enjoy!
Album Version:
Tamed Version:

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