Ella Mai Howell is a British singer born on November 3, 1994, in London. She began singing while studying at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute London (B.I.M.M.) in 2014. Mai auditioned for season 11 of “The X Factor” as part of a trio but didn’t make it into the lineup. She has released several songs, such as ‘Boo’d Up,’ ‘Not Another Love Song,’ and ‘Trip,’ which peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Let’s celebrate her birthday today.
Ella Mai was born in London on November 3, 1994, to a Jamaican mother and an Irish father. She moved from London to New York City when she was 12 because her mother got a teaching job there. Mai’s transition to life in New York City was difficult because she was often bullied for her accent. She graduated from Queens High School of Teaching in Glen Oaks, Queens, before returning to England.
Mai’s singing career began with studying at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute London (B.I.M.M.) in 2014. During that time, she competed in series 11 of “The X Factor” as part of a trio named Arize but didn’t advance beyond the initial audition. In 2015, Mai uploaded a four-track solo E.P. of originally recorded songs to SoundCloud titled ‘Troubled.’ Soon after, she was discovered on Instagram and signed to D.J. Mustard’s label, 10 Summers Records, and Interscope Records. A year later, she released ‘Time,’ the first single in her E.P. trilogy. Mai released her second E.P., ‘Change,’ in late 2016, and her third, ‘Ready.’
In 2018, she released her single ‘Trip,’ which peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. The same year, she released her self-titled debut album, a 16-track set featuring ‘Boo’d Up,’ with guest appearances from Chris Brown, John Legend, and H.E.R. The album sold 69,000 album-equivalent units, with 17,000 coming from pure sales. In 2020, Mai released the single ‘Not Another Love Song.’ Two years later, she released ‘D.F.M.U’ and announced the title of her second studio album, “Heart on My Sleeve,” which debuted at number 15 on the Billboard 200, making it her second top 20 on the chart.
Mai uploads a four-track solo E.P. to SoundCloud titled ‘Troubled.’
She releases her self-titled album with Chris Brown, John Legend, and H.E.R.
Mai wins the Billboard Music Awards for Top R&B Artist and Top Female R&B Artist.
She releases her second album, “Heart on My Sleeve,” which debuts at 15 on the Billboard 200.
Why We Love Ella Mai
She never lost her way
Mai always wanted to be a singer and went after that! While growing up, she was a member of the church choir and used to audition for school musicals. Once she got out of school, she sang on Instagram. The girl had grit!
After rising to stardom, Mai’s fans started asking questions about her relationship status. She said she has a boyfriend but has chosen to keep him far away from the spotlight. This shows how much she respects and cares about him.
She loves chocolate
We thought we were the only people who liked peppermint chocolate. But guess what? Mai’s just like us! She loves mint chocolate.
5 Surprising Facts
She became Instagram famous
Mai rose to fame by posting 15-second clips of herself singing covers of popular songs on Instagram.
She had to deal with bullying
She used to be bullied at school because of her British accent.
Her group disbanded after auditioning
Mai group disbanded shortly after participating in "The X Factor."
Her first hit single went platinum
Her single ‘Boo’d Up’ went platinum in June 2018.
She has an inspired name
Mai was named after the great jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald.
Ella Mai FAQs
Did Ella Mai Tour with Kehlani?
Yes. She went on a tour with Kehlani.
What are Ella Mai's influences?
Mai’s influences are Lauryn Hill, Chris Brown, Brandy, Destiny’s Child, Alicia Keys, and Mariah Carey.
What is Ella Mai’s vocal range?
According to singing carrots, Mai’s vocal range is E3 to B4.
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