While another English songstress has received a tremendous amount of well-deserved praise here in the States this year, Ellie Goulding has been working slowly but steadily, making a name for herself on this side of the Atlantic. Her debut album, Lights, hit #1 on the U.K. charts, she won Critic’s Choice at the 2010 BRIT Awards, and she’s even had the opportunity to perform at the Royal Wedding reception for Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
Of course, Americans don’t really care about any of that. They do, however, really like Christmas. Goulding is set to perform at the White House during the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, along with will.i.am, Big Time Rush and the incomparable Kermit the Frog. The ceremony will take place Thursday at the National Park, and the laidback, always-chill Goulding said she’s just as excited about this event as she was about performing at the royal reception.
“Prince William saw me about a year earlier, and they were both really big fans of my record. It was simple as that,” Goulding said casually. “I’m quite relaxed about things, probably too relaxed, and so when I found out, I was probably like, ’Cool.’ ”
Goulding, who performed on “Saturday Night Live” earlier this year, said she wasn’t sure who recommended her for the tree-lighting gig. While it’s uncertain whether President Obama had heard of her, or maybe his daughters are fans, her lead single “Lights” might have had a hand in it.