The unmistakable, powerfully expressive and soulful voice of Ella Eyre has featured on some of the UK’s biggest pop hits over the past several years. But who is this super productive songbird? Where does she come from and how did she get her big break?
Born in 1994 and raised by her Jamaican father and Maltese mother in Ealing, West London, the aspiring artist, real name Ella McMahon, sought to pursue a career within the music industry at an early stage in her life.
Whilst studying at a well-to-do boarding school in Somerset, a self-described life changing experience the singer often fondly recalls on, gained through a swimming scholarship no less, Ella found herself juggling her education with her greatest passion of all – music. It was during this formative time that the young starlet decided upon the path she was going to follow.
She would go on to complete her studies before moving to Croydon, after winning a place at the notoriously selective BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology, who’s impressive list of former alumni includes the likes of Adele and Amy Winehouse. It was here that a former vocal coach recorded and later uploaded a video of Ella singing Gnarl’s Barkley’s hit track ‘Crazy’, leading to the discovery of the soon-to-be-huge star by her first management team and record label.
Three years later, at the age of just 19 years old, Ella featured on her first UK hit single with fellow Londoners, Rudimental. The double platinum number one single ‘Waiting All Night’ was her first introduction to the British music loving population who received her with her open arms.
Renowned imprint Virgin EMI also recognised the singer’s talent and growing popularity amongst music fans and signed the rising star. She continued to collaborate with established names such as alt rock band Bastille, whilst producing material for what would be her first solo debut album – ‘Feline’.
Released in 2015, ‘Feline’ featured production from a host of respected names including Ilya, DJ Fresh, Sigma and serial collaborator Sigala, reaching number 4 in the UK charts, boasting two top 20 hits, ‘If I Go’ and ‘Comeback’.
Ella has since continued to work with an array of further celebrated artists, from Ty Dolla $ign to French Montana and Meghan Trainor, turning out a multitude of chart smashing, platinum selling hits, such as ‘Just Got Paid’ and ‘Came Here for Love’. She’s also scooped two MOBO awards, a BRIT award and amassed over half a billion streams. Now that’s seriously impressive.
Do not miss your chance to witness the Princess of the UK charts live at Highest Point 2021 on Saturday 15th May.
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