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Ellie Goulding

Hereford, Herefordshire, England

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• Is ambidextrous.

• Her father left the family when she was 5.

• Inherited her love for music from her mom, who once hung out with the new wave band Siouxsie and the Banshees and worked in the music business.

• Picked up the clarinet when she was 9; and swapped it for guitar when she was 14.

• Began writing songs when she was 15.

• Starred as the Scarecrow in a high-school production of The Wizard of Oz.

• Studied drama while at university, but left after two years to pursue a career in music.

• Performed her version of Elton John's "Your Song," which was a No. 2 hit in England in December 2010, at Prince William and Kate Middleton's April 2011 wedding reception.

• Overcame an anxiety disorder with therapy and medication.