BRIT Award winning singer-songwriter, Ellie Goulding, gave two of her biggest fans the surprise of a lifetime when she joined them on stage for a live, impromptu duet of her latest single, Army.
As part of MasterCard’s Priceless Surprises campaign, best friends Martha and Lucy, 20 year-old King’s College students, believed they were recording their cover of Ellie’s new track Army for a documentary about music super-fans. During their recording, a curtain lifted on their recording booth to reveal they were actually on stage, performing in front of a live audience. The biggest surprise was yet to come, when Ellie herself stepped out on stage to perform the track alongside them.
Martha described the experience as:
“The best moment of our lives! I can’t believe it really happened. There was a time when I thought I would never be able to sing again because of medical problems, and I’ve just sung on stage with Ellie! Ellie is amazing, and a huge influence for Lucy and I. When we first heard ‘Army’, we felt like it was written about us. It means so much that we got a chance to meet Ellie and perform it with her.”
“It was amazing to surprise Martha and Lucy. They are so talented and nailed some tricky harmonies. I was impressed. Army is about my best friend, so it was great to surprise two best friends. Their reaction was so worth it."
Shaun Springer, Head of Brand and Sponsorship, MasterCard UK & Ireland, said:
“Ellie is one of the biggest and most talented artists in the UK right now, and we’re proud to be working with her. Her new track epitomizes everything that our Priceless Surprises campaign is about, sharing your love of music with the people around you. Music fans should keep their eyes peeled for more surprises to come this year.”
A full-length version of the performance can be viewed below
Ellie’s surprise was a part of MasterCard’s Priceless Surprises campaign in celebration of the 2016 BRIT Awards. The songstress joins other global artists, including Mark Ronson, in an ongoing series of surprises and secret gigs, helping MasterCard cardholders share their love of music. Fans should visit PricelessSurprises.co.uk to be the first to find out about upcoming Priceless Surprises with their favourite artists.
Ellie has been nominated for British Single at the BRIT Awards 2016 with MasterCard, which take place Wednesday 24th February at The O2 and will be exclusively broadcast on ITV.
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