First released on a 2017 EP, Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” didn’t garner much attention. Then it started getting spins on Bay Area radio stations and was blasting in the clubs. From there, “Boo’d Up” exploded, climbing up the Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart to land at number five. In October, Ella Mai will solidify her stardom as the opening act on Burno Mars’ stadium tour.
Originally from London, Mai spent her childhood singing in the church with her grandmother. In later years, she attended a New York performing arts school where she honed her her vocal talents in the musical theater world. When she returned to London, Mai began writing songs for the first time and even appeared on the British version of the show The X-Factor with her now defunct girl group.
Mai was able to gain a rabid social media following with her amazing R&B-inspired 15-second covers of pop songs. Mai’s talents caught the ear of DJ Mustard. In 2015, the two of them got together so that DJ Mustard could see what Mai was really capable of. That session went so well that Mai traveled to L.A to create three EPs, Time, Change and Ready, with DJ Mustard’s label.
On the last of those EPs was the future hit “Boo’d Up.”
There’s no doubt that “Boo’d Up” has changed the course of Mai’s life and career. With its easy R&B vibe and catchy hook, the song caught the attention of the legendary Stevie Wonder, who called up Mai to tell her how much he loved it and even sung the hook back to her.
A full-length album is due out later this year, and Mai guarantees that all the 90’s soulful, R&B influences found in her hit single will show up on her album.