Ella Yelich-O'Connor (Lorde)

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Ella Yelich-O'Connor (Lorde)

In August 2009, long before she became ‘Lorde’ and shot to international stardom with her first single "Royals", 12-year-old Aucklander Ella Yelich-O'Connor joined Jim Mora for a chat. She also played a couple of songs live in the Radio New Zealand Auckland studio, along with her bandmate Louis McDonald. 

Since Lorde's stellar career has taken off, the singer-songwriter has won four New Zealand Music Awards and two Grammy Awards for "Royals", as well as two Billboard Music Awards, one MTV Video Music Award and three World Music Awards.

In this excerpt from their interview you can hear how Yelich-O'Connor's powerful voice impressed Mora – and she tells him about her plans to become a lawyer! 

Find out more about Lorde:

Listen to Ella and Louis' full 2009 performance on RNZ's website.

Visit Lorde's website. 

View Lorde's profile on AudioCulture

Browse RNZ's Lorde collection. 

Image: Lorde performing at TSB Arena, Wellington (Photo: Diego Opatowski, courtesy of RNZ).

Catalogue Reference 255323

Year 2009


Interviewer: Jim Mora, Afternoons, RNZ National

Excerpt: 0:02:44

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