Ella Mai is a British singer and songwriter of Irish and Jamaican descent from London, England. Mai moved to New York City at the age of 12 before returning to England after graduating from The Queens High School of Teaching in Bellerose, NY. In 2014, she competed on season 11 of The X Factor as part of a trio, Arize, but didn’t advance beyond the initial audition for the judges. The group broke up shortly thereafter. The following year, Ella Mai uploaded a four-track solo EP of originals to SoundCloud. After being discovered on Instagram, she signed to DJ Mustard’s label 10 Summers Records. Since then the pair crafted Ella Mai’s rich, musical sound and produced three well-received EPs where she released “Boo’d Up”.
The artist made history when “Boo’d Up” remained at top Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for 14 weeks, becoming the longest running number one by a woman this decade. “Boo’d Up” is currently 3X platinum and the new single “Trip” is quickly following suit, opening R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart at #10 and jumping nine spots to #23 on the Hot 100 this week. Ella Mai’s awe-inspiring journey to the top of the music charts is sure to reach new heights this fall with the release of her highly anticipated, debut titled Ella Mai, is due Friday, October 12th on 10 Summers/Interscope Records.
Ella Mai has also been nominated for two American Music Awards: for “Favorite Female Artist Soul/R&B” and “Favorite Song Soul/R&B” for her hit, “Boo’d Up.” Right on the heels of her own sold-out U.S. headlining tour, she will join Bruno Mars next month on his 24K Magic World Tour, kicking off her run in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclays Center on October 4th.