Ella Henderson co-wrote this song with OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, who has had great success penning hit ballads for female artists like Leona Lewis ("Bleeding Love
") and Beyoncé ("Halo
."). Noel Zancanella, who has penned hits for Ellie Goulding, Demi Lovato and Maroon 5 also contributed to the writing of the track.
Henderson recalled the writing of the song to Digital Spy
: "We got into the studio to just meet and have something to eat because he was only here for a few hours, but we didn't even get half way through our food before we were around the piano and had written the chorus to 'Ghost'," the former X Factor
contestant said. "It just happened so fast that I instantly knew this was going to be my first single. It's uplifting and anthemic, but it has this dark feel to it. It counterbalances the light and shade of the album. I just felt privileged to be in his presence, to be honest."
"We didn't even sit down and write, it was just going in there, standing at the mic and ad-libbing," she added. "That's how the 'Give up the ghost' tagline came about. I was just like, 'Give up the ghost, let's try and get rid of this haunting feeling'. It was all just so free and I think that was one of my favourite ways to work. We only did three takes and we did it the whole way through. There was no chopping and editing. It was all very live."