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Ella Eyre: 2014’s Bright Spark

At the end of each year every music critic and blogger compile lists of which artists that are destined for big things in the upcoming year, for 2014. one name that has been featured heavily is Ella Eyre.

19 year old singer/song-writer Ella Eyre has been grabbing attention over the past couple of years with her distinct and powerful vocal style. She began singing and writing music whilst studying at the infamous BRIT school which has nurtured the talents of many global stars including Adele and Leona Lewis. After being spotted at the BRIT School, Ella soon found management which led to a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell in July 2012. Shortly after this she signed a record deal with Virgin EMI and began to work on her debut album.

In 2012, Ella featured on two tracks from indie-pop band Bastille’s ‘Other People’s Heartache Pt.2’ mix tape including the TLC/The xx mash-up ‘No Angels’.  From this she lent her vocals to Hackney drum and bass collective Rudimental’s third single ‘Waiting All Night’, which in April 2013, reached number #1 in the UK singles chart. From the success of this song Ella was put on many people’s musical radars as someone who was going to have success in the near future. Later that year she went on to feature on producer of the moment Naughty Boy’s debut album ‘Think About It’, (which also featured American rapper Wiz Khalifa and was the fourth single from that album), and on Tinie Tempah’s second album ‘Demonstration’ on the track ‘Someday (Place In The Sun)’. She also released her debut EP, ‘Deeper’ in December 2013, with the title track so far peaking at number 72 in the singles chart.

When 2013 was nearing the end the inventible ‘who’s going to be big in 2014’ lists began to surface with Ella being at the top of pretty much every list. It was announced that she was shortlisted for both the ‘BBC Sound of 2014’ and for the illustrious ‘Critics Choice Award’ at the 2014 BRIT Awards, which has been previously won by the likes of Ellie Goulding, Jessie J and Emeli Sande who have all gone to successful careers since winning the award. Ella eventually came runner-up in both the ‘Sound of…’ poll and for the BRIT Award losing out to Sam Smith on both occasions.  Even though she was not victorious on these occasions it is clear that music critics and tastemakers believe that Ella will have a successful 2014 with her music.

As 2014 has begun the year ahead holds exciting times for Ella Eyre as many have predicted and going on the success that she gained throughout 2013. She will follow up her ‘Deeper EP’ with her proper debut single and debut album set for release in the summer. With her unique sense of style and already trademark booming vocals it is very obvious that we will all be hearing a lot more from Ella Eyre, when she unleashes her powerful and striking sound in 2014.    

Written by Harry Towse

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