One of the most heralded artists this year, British chanteuse Ellie Goulding was a hardly a name in the US when she hit up SXSW in 2011. The elfin girl with the big voice debuted at #1 in the UK with her 2010 album Lights and was subsequently offered the honor to perform at the Royal Wedding the following year. If Will and Kate could get into her, so could we!
Y! Music captured an intimate, exclusive performance from Goulding at SXSW 2011 from the Y! headquarters. Even without fancy equipment, a stage, or a mic, Goulding blew the windows out with a moving performance of her single "Starry Eyed":