“Awesome” is the only world Ellie Goulding has to describe performing at the wedding party for Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton back in April. And it’s the gig that keeps on giving for the British singer and her debut album, “Lights.”
With the royal engagement raising her worldwide profile, Goulding appeared on “Saturday Night Live” the following week, accompanied by a surge in sales for “Lights” and the expanded reissue “Bright Lights.” Singles such as “Starry Eyed,” “The Writer” and “Lights’ “ title track have gained more traction, and there’s a general sense of significantly raised awareness that the 24-year-old Goulding finds both gratifying and amusing.
“It’s weird, because in the beginning I was so naive and so young and so kind of immature, I didn’t know what I was doing,” says Goulding, who won a singing competition while studying at the University of Kent and was named Artist of the Year in the BBC’s Sound of 2010 poll and won a Critic’s Choice trophy at the same year’s BRIT Awards. “I look back at some of my performances, and I thought I was rubbish.
“So I can’t believe I’ve managed to get all that hype from how I was then. I think if the same girl came along now it would be different. I’ve improved so much now, from having toured and gotten experience.”
A pivotal moment, too, has been Goulding’s ethereal, cello-fueled version of Elton John’s “Your Song,” which was produced by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett reached No. 2 on the U.K. charts and was the royal couple’s wedding dance number.
“I’d been asked to do a song for an advert, and it’s a really nice song,” Goulding notes. “So (Lovett) came in and it was his direction, pretty much. He decided to do it a certain way and got a cellist in and he played piano and I sang. “It was a nice little situation, and it ended up being a big song here in the U.K., which I didn’t expect.”
And she was surprised to hear from John after it came out. “Yeah, he likes it a lot,” Goulding says.
Ellie Goulding and Bag Raiders perform Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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