Open Nav

MEET: Ella Mai, The Rising Superstar Behind “Boo’d Up”

Posted on July 11, 2018

Get to know R&B’s hottest up-and-comer

British-born singer Ella Mai has been grinding for years, and her hard work is paying off. The 23-year-old auditioned for the X-Factor as part of a trio called Arize. The group didn’t make it past the audition phase.

The experience proved to be a stepping stone for Mai, who went solo and unleashed a flurry of original songs on SoundCloud as well as covers on Instagram, organically building a fanbase before catching the attention of superstar producer DJ Mustard. He signed Mai in 2016, and the pair worked together on a trilogy of EPs.

“I don’t think she has a ceiling,” Mustard said in an interview with Billboard. “I refer to her as ‘The GOAT,’ because people have yet to see what she can do and how talented she is. I think with me and her working closely together like we do and with her being signed to me, that’s like my prodigy. I think there’s no ceiling with what she’s going to do.”

Image courtesy of Ella Mai Instagram |

Mai hit a breakthrough in 2018 when her single “Boo’d Up” off of her latest EP, Ready, tore up the radio charts, claiming its crown as one of the summer’s hottest songs. It reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and an official remix featuring rap royalty Nicki Minaj and Quavo of Migos also happened.

With her self-titled debut album released this year and a schedule full of touring, Ella Mai’s presence on the music scene will only continue expand.

We can’t wait to see what this British starlet has in store for 2019. Excited to hear more from Ella Mai? Let us know over on Twitter @umusic.