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Ellie Goulding tries to break through in America

"I grew up listening to big pop songs with big choruses," she says. But Joni Mitchell is one of her major influences, and the song that first won her a singing competition was Tracy Chapman's "Baby Can I Hold You."

The album she made is an unintentional fusion of all of that, she says.

"I quite like it when a simple song is turned into something huge," she says. "When they're elevated to an anthemic thing."

Goulding, who is making her first festival appearance at SXSW and later at Coachella, says her live shows are a more epic experience than her album because she plays with a full band.

And as for the comparisons? She says music listeners shouldn't lump her and all the Duffys and Adeles together just because they're all from the same region.

"There might be people who sing better than me, but they don't perhaps play the guitar as well as me," she says. "It's not a good thing to compare. We're all different."

 

Check out the full article over on the BaltimoreSun.com website.

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