Ella Henderson

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Ella Henderson
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Ella Henderson
Background information
Birth nameGabriella Michelle Henderson
Born(1996-01-12) 12 January 1996 (age 18)
Lincolnshire, England
GenresPop, Soul, contemporary R&B
InstrumentsVocals, piano
Years active2012–present
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Ella Henderson
Ella Henderson.jpg
Ella Henderson
Background information
Birth nameGabriella Michelle Henderson
Born(1996-01-12) 12 January 1996 (age 18)
Lincolnshire, England
GenresPop, Soul, contemporary R&B
InstrumentsVocals, piano
Years active2012–present

Gabriella Michelle "Ella" Henderson[1] (born 12 January 1996)[2] is a British singer-songwriter. She was a finalist on the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012 and finished in sixth place,[3] despite being a strong favourite to win.[4] She was subsequently signed to Syco Music.[5] Her debut album is due for release March 2014.[6]

Early life[edit]

Henderson was born and raised in Tetney, near Grimsby, to parents Sean and Michelle; she has two brothers called Patrick and Fraser and a sister called Holly.[7]

Henderson began singing at the age of three and taught herself to play the piano a few years later. She began to put on shows for her family at Christmas and developed a special bond with her grandfather Bill, who encouraged her to pursue her love of music and songwriting.[8] Her interest developed further at primary school, St Martin’s Preparatory School in Grimsby, and she subsequently decided to audition for a scholarship place at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in Hertfordshire. She succeeded in gaining a scholarship and boarded at the school from the age of 11 to 16. She attended the school at the same time as Dan Ferrari-Lane of boy band District3.[9]

She also developed a keen interest in fashion in her youth, notably vintage fashion, which she retains.[10]

In early 2012, Henderson made a singing appearance on a celebrity Christmas special of Channel 4's Come Dine with Me, where she performed "All I Want for Christmas Is You".[11] She was a guest of Bianca Gascoigne, who is a family friend[12] and also auditioned for The X Factor in 2012.[13] The episode was filmed before Henderson's X Factor appearance.


The X Factor[edit]

In 2012, Henderson auditioned for series 9 of The X Factor. She reached the live shows and was mentored by Tulisa Contostavlos. Henderson and James Arthur were in the bottom two in week 7 and sung for survival, after which the judges were split on who should go. The decision went to "deadlock" and the public votes cast. Arthur got through after gaining 13.7% of the vote to Henderson's 12.1%.[14] The exit was described as "one of the biggest shocks we've ever had on the results show." by presenter Dermot O'Leary.[3]

During the show and following her exit, a number of celebrities came out in support and praise of Henderson, including Adele, Chloe Moretz, Simon Cowell, Sarah Millican, Kitty Brucknell, Stephen Fry, Lily Allen, Nick Grimshaw and Cher.[15][16] In 2013, O'Leary, on The Xtra Factor in 2013, named Henderson as the most talented performer in his seven years on the show, in his view.[17]

Henderson's performances on The X Factor
EpisodeThemeSongOriginal artistResult
First auditionFree choice"Missed"[A]Own compositionThrough to Bootcamp
Second auditionFree choice"Midnight Train to Georgia"[B]Gladys Knight & the PipsThrough to Bootcamp
BootcampSolo performance"Believe"CherThrough to Judges' houses
Judges' housesFree choice"I Won’t Give Up"Jason MrazThrough to Live show
Live show 1Heroes"Rule the World"Take ThatSafe (3rd)
Live show 2Love and heartbreak"Loving You"Minnie RipertonSafe (4th)
Live show 3Club classics"You Got The Love"Candi StatonSafe (3rd)
Live show 4Halloween"Bring Me to Life"EvanescenceSafe (6th)
Live show 5Number Ones"Firework"Katy PerrySafe (5th)
Live show 6Best of British"Written in the Stars"Tinie TempahSafe (4th)
Live show 7Guilty pleasures"You're the One That I Want"Grease (musical)Eliminated (6th)
Final showdown"If You're Not the One"Daniel Bedingfield

After The X Factor[edit]

Whilst being interviewed on RTÉ in December 2012, Henderson revealed that she had signed a record deal with Sony Music Entertainment.[18] On 22 January 2013, she confirmed she had signed to Simon Cowell's record label Syco Music.[19]

On 15 December 2012, Henderson made a TV appearance on Ireland’s RTÉ ‘The Saturday Night Show’: singing "Silent Night".[20] On 24 December 2012, she performed on the Myleene Klass Heart FM show, singing "Last Christmas" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".[21]

During January and February 2013, she took part on The X Factor live tour, where she sang four songs: "Missed", "Believe", "Rule the World" and "You Got the Love". On 23 January 2013, she performed "Believe" at the 18th National Television Awards.[22] On 9 June 2013, she performed with Labrinth on the song "Beneath Your Beautiful" as a special guest at the Capital Summertime Ball.[23]

Debut album (2014)[edit]

After signing with Syco, Henderson said the album is 'going to be ready when it's ready. I didn't want a time limit put on it'. It's 'going to represent me and who I am, and let everybody know who I am as a person'. She also hinted that the album would include upbeat songs as well as ballads and 'the Ella sound' may surprise some.[24][25]

It has been reported that the album is now scheduled for release March 2014.[26][27]

The album will be written by Henderson, working in collaboration with a number of writers and producers including: Claude Kelly[28] (former collaborations include Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J, Michael Jackson), Camille Purcell ("What About Us" by The Saturdays, "Nothing Feels Like You" by Little Mix and "Hero" by Jessie J), Eg White (Adele, Tom Odell, Will Young, Kris Allen, Duffy, James Morrison)[29] and TMS (Professor Green and Emeli Sandé "Read All About It" and Little Mix "Wings"). It has also been reported that Henderson met with Sandé 'to work on some music together'.[30]

Henderson confirmed on social media that her X Factor audition song "Missed" will be on the album.

Promotional releases[edit]

During 2013, Henderson released a number of live promotional songs to social media, including:

"Evaporate": Original song. Previously sang this live for Olly Murs on The Xtra Factor[31] and performed on a webcam session for fans.[32]

"Waiting": Original song. Live demo version uploaded to Soundcloud on 8 April 2013. Written in the studio jointly with TMS.[33]

"Five Tattoos": Original song. Live version uploaded to her Vevo channel on 14 October 2013. It was recorded at Dean Street Studios.[34]

Cover of Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home" and John Newman's "Love Me Again": Live version uploaded to her Vevo channel on 21 October 2013. It was also recorded at Dean Street Studios.[35]

Non-music activities[edit]

Henderson has undertaken a number of fashion magazine interviews and shoots, reflecting her interest in fashion, including: Look,[36] Fabulous Magazine[37] and very.co.uk.[38] On 28 January 2013, it was announced that Henderson was part of Disney's web safety campaign.[39]



  1. ^ "Tring girl Gabriella makes grade with X Factor judges". Berkhamsted Today. 29 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Twitter / Ella Henderson". Twitter. 
  3. ^ a b "X Factor favourite Ella Henderson makes a surprise exit". ITV.com. 
  4. ^ Seale, Jack (2 October 2012). "The X Factor 2012: Ella Henderson". Radio Times. 
  5. ^ "Ella Henderson: I signed with Simon Cowell after he put me in control". Evening Standard. 
  6. ^ "WATCH: X Factor finalist Ella Henderson unveils new song 5 Tattoos from debut album". Daily Mail. 
  7. ^ "X Factor: Family are rooting for Ella Henderson's fairytale ending". Grimsby Telegraph. 
  8. ^ "I feel he is with me in the studio': X Factor sensation Ella Henderson on her strong bond with her late grandad". Mirror 3am. 
  9. ^ "Ella Henderson’s talent was never going to be Missed". Express Newspapers. 
  10. ^ "X Factor's Ella Henderson chats to FEMAIL about her mentor and plans to launch a fashion line". MailOnline. 
  11. ^ "Ella Henderson performs "All I Want For Christmas Is You" on Come Dine with Me". YouTube. 
  12. ^ Buckland, Lucy (17 March 2013). "He's got the X Factor! Ella Henderson holidays with Gazza's model son Regan Gascoigne". Daily Mail. DMG Media. Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  13. ^ Redfern, Corinne (15 September 2012). "Uh oh. Prepare yourself for a sort-of-sad Bianca Gascoigne X Factor story". Daily Mirror (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "XFactor: Ella Henderson was never top of the voting table - but she is still shining on". Grimsby Telegraph. 
  15. ^ ""Tragic": Ella Henderson gets Twitter support from celebrities including, er, H from Steps". Mirror 3am. 
  16. ^ "'I feel he is with me in the studio': X Factor sensation Ella Henderson on her strong bond with her late grandad". Mirror 3am. 
  17. ^ "Dermot O'Leary says Ella Henderson is his favorite X Factor finalist. iPlayer, ITV2, Xtra Factor, November 24th 2013.". Youtube. 
  18. ^ "Ella Henderson Signs Recording Deal With Sony Music, Promises: "This Is Just The Beginning"". ContractMusic.com. 
  19. ^ "I've got the new 'Adella': Simon Cowell wins fight to sign X Factor’s Ella Henderson". Daily Mirror. 
  20. ^ "X Factor's Ella on Saturday Night Show". RTE.ie. 
  21. ^ "Myleene Klass and Ella Henderson record a Christmas song together! Kind of, anyway". Mirror. 
  22. ^ "National Television Awards: Kimberley Walsh’s debut solo performance put to shame by Ella Henderson". Metro/. 
  23. ^ "Labrinth Joined By Ella Henderson For 'Beneath Your Beautiful' Live At Summertime Ball 2013". CapitalFM. 
  24. ^ "Henderson: I'll be honest in album". MSN Music. 
  25. ^ "Ella Henderson: My album will surprise". What's On TV. 
  26. ^ McConnell, Donna (16 October 2013). "WATCH: X Factor finalist Ella Henderson unveils new song 5 Tattoos from debut album". Daily Mail (DMG Media). Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  27. ^ "X Factor's Ella Henderson reveals brand new song Five Tattoos". Mirror 3am. 
  28. ^ "Such a good day today in the studio with @ClaudeKelly & Steve Robson". twitter. 
  29. ^ "X Factor Ella Henderson writing with Adele songwriter for debut album". Digital Spy. 
  30. ^ "The X Factor Star Ella Henderson Working With Emeli Sande On Her Debut Album". Capital FM. 
  31. ^ "Olly Murs meets Ella Henderson - The Xtra Factor 2012". Youtube. 
  32. ^ "Ella Henderson - Evaporate". YouTube. 
  33. ^ "X Factor's Ella Henderson debuts her song Waiting". Mirror 3am. 
  34. ^ "Video: Ella Henderson's 'totally amazing' song Five Tattoos wows fans". Grimsby Telegraph. 
  36. ^ "Ella Henderson News". Look. 
  37. ^ "Anatomy of a face". Fabulous. 
  38. ^ Anisiobi, JJ (11 December 2012). "Best supported singer: Ella Henderson makes a shaky appearance on ice as she is escorted by two male skaters". Daily Mail. DMG Media. 
  39. ^ Nissam, Nayer (28 January 2013). "'X Factor' Ella Henderson backs Disney web safety campaign". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  40. ^ Jeffries, Mark (28 December 2012). "X Factor favourite Ella Henderson: Scottish grandad inspired me to sing.. I wish he could hear me now". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. 
  41. ^ "Ella Henderson - Midnight Train To Georgia *Unseen Audition*". YouTube. 

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