It’s fair to say that Ghost has been the surprise hit of the year. A talent show contestant from two years back who many had forgotten, Ella Henderson has so far managed to transcend the X Factor with a bona fide smash. Yet she was clearly destined to be big. A song written by Ryan Tedder only fuelled the fire.
Power ballad Glow is only going to continue her success (and the G's). Somewhere between Adele’s Set Fire To The Rain, Coldplay's Princess of China and the ecstasy of Katy Perry’s Firework, it pairs her soulful vocals with militaristic drums and touches of electronica, bringing a modern edge to the gospel/soul of her previous single. This is a hugely confident second single from an artist producing solid pop music.
You can see it now: the return of the X Factor live finals, Henderson belting out her chorus of “we are brighter” backed by a choir and a slew of pyrotechnics, wind machine tousling her hair as Cheryl Cole (or whatever her surname is nowadays) quakes in her boots. Henderson may have come sixth, but she’s already a popstar far beyond the usual X Factor fare *cough* James Arthur *cough*. Let’s hope the album can live up to expectations.
Listen: Glow is released on September 14th, with debut album ‘Chapter One’ arriving on September 22nd.