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Artist of the Week: Ella Mai

Author Name: OCL Editor |  

Published On Nov 19th, 2018

R&B singer/songwriter and UK native, Ella Mai has come on strong in the latter half of 2018. With her eponymous debut album release in October, Mai has established herself as one of the most sought after acts in the U.S. Ella Mai was released through 10 Summers and Interscope. The album included the "Boo'd Up" which reached number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in July 2018. The follow-up, "Trip," reached number 11.

Following her own headline tour, Mai joined Bruno Mars' 24k Magic World Tour as a supporting act. Her recent college performances include homecoming for Marquette and UCF. Perhaps her most prestigious college performance came from her supporting role at GHOE, North Carolina A&T's homecoming concert. Mai was elevated to direct support for 2 Chainz after Cardi B was dropped from the billing due to illness.

Keep an eye on Ella Mai for upcoming performances in 2019. You can see her bio from CAA, along with a Spotify link to her album:

U.K. native Ella Mai, an R&B singer and songwriter with a casually commanding voice, wasn't exactly an unknown artist before DJ Mustard signed her to his 10 Summers label. Originally raised in southwest London, Mai moved to New York at the age of 12, then returned to England after she graduated from high school. In 2014, during her second stint in the U.K., she competed on the X Factor as part of a trio, Arize, that didn't advance beyond the initial audition for the judges.

The following year, Ella Mai uploaded a four-track solo EP of originals to SoundCloud, but it was through her short clips of covers on Instagram that DJ Mustard found her.

In January 2016, the producer announced that he had signed her, and the following month, she released Time, a poised EP of sleek, contemporary R&B.

Featuring the Ty Dolla $ign collaboration "She Don't," the six-track release introduced an artist who could sign of fierce loyalty and ruthless spite in an incisive manner.

Mai quickly followed up with two more EPs beginning with Change, followed in early 2017 by Ready, which completed the DJ Mustard-produced trilogy.

Her most recent release Boo'd Up cracked the Billboard Hot 100 in April 2018.