Ella Henderson Biography


Birthday: January 12, 1996 (Capricorn)

Born In: Lincolnshire, England

Ella Henderson is an upcoming English singer and songwriter who shot to countrywide fame when she made it to the last six as a contender in the ninth series of the British reality television music competition ‘The X Factor’, in 2012. Though she was tipped to win the singing competition, she ended up finishing sixth. Nevertheless, Simon Cowell of ‘Syco Music’ considered Ella to be talented enough to sign her up for a recording deal. Hailing from Lincolnshire, she demonstrated a passion for music quite early in her life, mastering the playing of piano on her own when she was only ten. She participated in ‘The X Factor’ by singing ‘Missed’, a song she had composed herself, which earned her a spot in the competition. She gradually progressed to subsequent stages of the event, becoming the hot favorite to win the show but was ultimately pipped at the post by another contestant James Arthur. Though her unexpected and shock departure from the reality show was believed to be one of the most one-sided upsets in ‘The X Factor’s’ show history, she was successful in striking lucrative recording deals. Her very first record single, ‘Ghost’ became the top charting number on the ‘UK Singles Chart’. She buttressed her grip on the music industry in UK and worldwide with the release of music singles, songs, and albums that went on to become chartbusters.

Quick Facts

British Celebrities Born In January

Also Known As: Gabriella Michelle Henderson

Age: 28 Years, 28 Year Old Females


father: Sean Henderson

mother: Michelle Henderson

siblings: Fraser Henderson, Holly Henderson, Patrick Henderson

Born Country: England

Musicians Pop Singers

Height: 5'7" (170 cm), 5'7" Females

City: Lincolnshire, England

Childhood and Early Life

Ella Henderson was born on January 12, 1996, in Tetney, a village under Lincolnshire’s East Lindsey district.

Her father, Sean Henderson, who was of Scottish descent initially worked as a car salesman but later on became a real estate developer in Dubai, amassing a huge fortune. Her mother, Michelle Henderson is of Swedish lineage. Ella has three siblings: brothers Fraser and Patrick, and a younger sister, Holly

She exhibited an extraordinary flair for music as a child and started singing when she was just three. She also trained herself to become an accomplished pianist before she was 10 years old.

Ella took to staging events for her near and dear ones, especially during Christmas and the winter holidays. She struck a good rapport with Bill, her grandfather, and fostered an emotional bonding with him. Bill played a key role in helping Ella to hone her singing and songwriting skills by offering his support and encouragement.
Her penchant for the performing arts received a further shot in the arm when she started attending St. Martin’s Preparatory School in Grimsby, her primary school. After completing her primary education, she auditioned for getting a scholarship at ‘Tring Park School for the Performing Arts’, Hertfordshire in 2007.
She was successful in getting a grant as a boarder in the esteemed ‘Tring Park School for the Performing Arts’ where she remained till she was sixteen.
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In 2012, Ella Henderson appeared as a guest singer in ‘Come Dance with Me’—a celebrity Christmas show on ‘Channel 4’—performing a cover of Mariah Carey’s, “All I Want for Christmas is you”. She decided to try her luck in the 9th rerun of ‘The X Factor’ when her GCSE examinations were knocking at the door.
She turned up at the studios to audition for ‘The X Factor’ series nine where Tulisa, one of the judges, acted as her guide. She crooned an original number, “Missed”, which she had composed in memory of her late grandfather at the live event. Afterwards, the song became a part of her first studio album.
James Arthur, a contestant who gradually progressed to the final stages, and Ella, performed poorly in the initial phases, finishing at the bottom in the 7th week of the show. Nevertheless, both the budding vocalists who were strong contenders for the crown, reached the quarter-finals, thanks to the solid backing by the judges.
The ultimate stage witnessed an impasse where both James and Ella were evenly poised to make it to the quarter-finals. James who received 13.7% of the popular votes made it through and Ella who garnered 12.1% of the votes was eliminated. Ella was the lone female to reach the last stages before getting eliminated.

Ella Henderson’s shock elimination was considered as a big upset. A number of eminent singers and celebrities, including Cher, Nick Grimshaw, Lily Allen, Sarah Millican, and Simon Cowell extended support to Ella not only while the show was on but also after her elimination.

O’Leary, one of the judges on ‘The Xtra Factor’s’ panel deemed her the most gifted of all contenders he had reviewed for the entire period he was with the show. Following her elimination from ‘The X Factor’, Ella appeared on ‘The Saturday Night Show’ in December 2012, and vocalized the track, “Silent Night”.

She announced that she had entered into a pact with Sony Music Entertainment for a studio album while she was interviewed on the sidelines of the ‘Saturday Night Show’ in 2012.

In January 2013, she proclaimed that she had been contracted by Simon Cowell’s recording company Syco Music.

Ella joined The X Factor concert tour in 2013, belting out lilting songs, notable amongst these being, “You Got the Love”, “Missed”, “Rule the World” and “Believe”. The same year in January, she reprised her rendition of “Believe” in the 18th edition of the National Television Awards.

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In 2013, Ella uploaded several mashups and original songs on YouTube which she had performed during live concerts and TV shows. Noteworthy amongst the mashups were “Love Me Again” (John Newman) and “We’re Going Home” by rapper Audrey Graham while the originals included “The First Time”, “Evaporate”, “Five Tattoos” and “Waiting”.

Ella made it known in March 2014, that she would be naming her first studio album, ‘Chapter One’. She teamed up with numerous composers and producers while writing the lyrics of the album’s tracks, including Babyface, Salaam Remi, and Claude Kelly.

In the same month, she declared that “Ghost” co-composed with Ryan Tedder would be her first single. Shooting for Ghost’s music footage was done in New Orleans and the song was released commercially on June 14, 2014. The single’s release was preceded by a performance on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ in May 2014.

Soon after the launching of ‘Ghost’, the single scaled to the top spot on ‘UK Singles Chart’. On October 5, 2014, Ella’s 2nd single, “Glow” that she and Camille Purcell composed jointly, was issued for sale. Just after 9 days, her studio record, ‘Chapter One’ was published.

Ella’s subsequent singles, “Yours” and “Mirror Man” co-scripted with Josh Record and Al Shux respectively were released in November 2014, and March 2015, respectively. She began her first countrywide tour in October 2015, during which time she also performed as an opening act for the British pop band ‘Take That’.

She went public on her Instagram profile in late 2016, by broadcasting that she was through with composing and recording another studio record. She had collaborated with Max Martin, a producer and Danny O’Donoghue of ‘The Script’ for scripting, recording, and producing her 2nd album.

In 2017, Ella Henderson revealed that she would perform as a warm-up act for James Arthur, winner of ninth series of ‘The X Factor’, when he embarked on his ‘Back from the Edge’ stadium tour. In June 2017, she covered, “Bridge over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel, along with other X Factor contestants.

The cover version of Bridge over Troubled Water was recorded in order to collect funds for those who suffered losses owing to the Grenfall Tower blaze that occurred in June 2017, in London. The single charted to the top of the ‘UK Singles Chart’ soon after the same was released.

Ella announced in the latter half of 2017, that she had performed a duet with X Factor finalist James Arthur. The duet is slated to become a part of her second studio record. She sang several new songs during Arthur’s musical tour that would feature in her upcoming album.

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Awards & Achievements
Ella Henderson has won numerous nominations and awards in her professional career so far. She has been nominated for a total of 9 awards out of which she ended up winning three.
Some of the prestigious award nominations include ‘BBC Music Awards’ (for song of the year:”Ghost”), ‘Attitude Awards’ (Best Breakthrough Artist), and ‘The BRIT Awards’ (once each for ‘Best British Single’ and ‘Best Female Solo Artist’).
She was honored with the ‘Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year’s’ ‘UK Music Artist Award’, the ‘Attitude Awards’ for ‘Best Breakthrough Artist’, and ‘Digital Spy Awards’ for ‘Single of the Year’. She won all the above three awards in the year 2014.
Personal Life

Born and brought up in the quaint and laidback English village of Tetney, Ella has had a professional bent of mind right from her childhood.

In June 2015, her father Sean Henderson was charged with money laundering, theft, and embezzlement.

She started dating Matt Harvey, an engineer who hailed from Grimsby, her hometown but parted ways with him so that she could focus on her career. In January 2023, she got engaged to Jack Burnell.

Ella co-composed her debut single, “Ghost” with Ryan Tedder of ‘One Republic’ in just 10 minutes
She prefers to spend her leisure time with her family and close friends
'The Little Mermaid' is her favorite Disney movie

She looks up to Beyonce Knowles, Sam Smith, and the music band ‘London Grammar’ for inspiration.

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