English singer Ellie Goulding recently played in Chicago and Nexus was on the scene to photograph and review. I interviewed the songstress when she began her career Stateside. Her debut album Lights took a while to breakthrough but her album titled song finally climbed the charts.

Her follow up Halcyon was even better than the first and stepped up her game in the dance world. Her popularity has grown and that sold out the Aragon Ballroom. The problem was there was a Soundgarden concert almost directly across the street at The Riv! Parking was a nightmare and the fans clashed with older big haired rockers to young neon dressed teens trying to get to their prospective concerts.

It was worth the wait when Goulding started off with “Don’t Say a Word.” She followed that with the self titled track from the latest album.

After playing with the band through “Hanging On” “Joy” and “Explosions” she had them leave the stage to perform a solo acoustic set of “Guns and Horses.” It was a moment that showed the strength of her voice and how she did not need all the fireworks to put on a good show. For Elton John’s “Your Song” she played piano and was completely adorable.

“Anything Can Happen” brought the energy back up and had the crowd jumping. While “Starry Eyed” closed out the show, she quickly returned for “I Need Your Love” and “Lights.”

It has been wonderful watching this artist grow over the years from bigger venues to an expansive career. I wonder what she will do next? I guess “Anything Can Happen!”

Visit elliegoulding.com to keep up with her.