However, in the U.S. Ellie is still largely unknown, and in fact last month she was playing a venue decidedly more low-key than Buckingham Palace: Yahoo! Music's actual hotel room at the Austin musicfest South By Southwest, where she performed an extremely intimate, acoustic show for a few lucky Y! staffers.
But on a recent day in Austin, just a week after her album finally saw its American release, Goulding was just one of many thousands of international artists seeking attention at SXSW. Charming, personable, highly intelligent, and quite funny, she graciously offered up unplugged versions of her lead single "Starry Eyed" and "Guns And Horses," told us a bit about herself, and proved that her intriguing blend of intelligent lyrics, acoustic and electronic textures, and overall catchiness mark her as one British success likely to be welcomed in America with open arms.
She's performing on command for England's future king and queen this weekend, but perhaps Ellie will sing at the White House next, as her Stateside star continues to rise. Watch her now, and find out why William and his princess bride fell in love with her music.
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