Armed with a powerfully sultry voice and model-worthy good looks, Ella Henderson emerged as an early favorite on the 2012 season of the United Kingdom’s “X Factor.” Somehow he stumbled to a sixth-place finish that year but has rebounded quite nicely, thank you very much.
Henderson turns 19 years old this week and the talented Brit celebrates that milestone with the release of debut full-length “Chapter One.” Lead single “Ghost” entered the charts at No. 1 and the rest of the 11-track platter is filled with radio-ready tunes. Collaborations with A-listers like Ryan Tedder and Babyface certainly helped, but Henderson co-wrote all but one of the songs on the album.
The strongest cuts — “Ghost” and personal favorite “Missing” — bookend “Chapter One,” but Henderson also shines on “Empire,” “Yours,” “Mirror Man,” “Give Your Heart Away” and “Rockets.” James Arthur won “X Factor” that year, but I’m guessing that it’ll be Henderson who emerges as the pop superstar. (Jeffrey Sisk)