Walmart AMP is excited to announce Ellie Goulding will take the stage on Friday, May 20 at 6:45 pm. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 6 at 10 am. Ticket prices range from $41 to $65.50 and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office (in its temporary location in Nadine Baum Studios), by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting www.amptickets.com. The Walmart AMP Box Office located in Rogers is closed for the season.

Having caught the public's attention in 2010 with her singles "Starry Eyed" and "Guns and Horses," British vocalist Ellie Goulding quickly rose to the top of the charts with her infectious electronic pop sound. Although she started out writing songs in a folk style, she eventually grew into a more electronic-influenced artist, touching upon dance music and ambient synth pop. With her unique soprano warble and knack for writing catchy yet emotionally-earnest songs, Goulding – much like her predecessors Kate Bush and Imogen Heap – stands at the forefront of contemporary mainstream music and independent-minded pop.

Born in Hereford, England, she later moved to the country's east coast to study drama at the University of Kent. Goulding had developed a love for folk music as a teenager and her time at university also exposed her to electronica. After two years, she took a break from her studies and moved to West London, where she pursued a career as an alternative singer-songwriter and befriended producers like Starsmith and Frankmusik, who gave her songs an electro-pop twist. Building on the momentum of her early career, Goulding released Lights – a sparkling debut album that splashed Goulding's vocal flutter across a landscape of acoustic and synthesized instruments – in March 2010. Lights topped the U.K. charts during its first week and spun off "Starry Eyed" as a Top 5 single. Later that year, the album was re-released as Bright Lights, featuring seven new recordings, including a cover of Elton John's "Your Song," which peaked at number two. In 2012, Goulding returned with her sophomore album, Halcyon, which showcased an even more sonically adventurous, electro-pop-infused sound. In 2013, a deluxe reissue featuring ten extra songs was released; entitled Halcyon Days, it acted as a supplement to the original release. Two of its new songs, "Burn" and "How Long Will I Love You," were among her biggest hits. The following year, she was featured on Calvin Harris' Top 10 hit, "Outside.” Another soundtrack single, "Love Me Like You Do," added to her success in 2015.

Goulding released her third studio album in 2015, Delirium. This album marks a shift from a sound fusing opaque electronics and lilting organic elements to full-on pop music, the kind of shiny, compact hooks that come from working with pop masterminds like the songwriters and producers Greg Kurstin (Adele “Hello”) and Max Martin (The Weeknd “Can’t Feel My Face”). The first Delirium single, “On My Mind” is a jumpy mid-tempo track on which Goulding’s florid trills are edited down to a high-pitched clip. It has already cracked the Top 20 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.