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Ella Mai on her breakout year: This is only the beginning


Interscope RecordsThis past year has certainly been a whirlwind for R&B newcomer Ella Mai.

In addition to cementing her status as a talented vocalist, with breakout hit “Boo’d Up,” the U.K. singer has also earned two Grammy nods for the infectious love ballad.

Fresh on the heels of the career milestone, Ella joined ABC Radio to reflect on her success as a solo artist. “To think that this is only the beginning of my career, makes me really excited for years to come and what else can happen,” Ella said of her nominations. 

Back in October, the 24-year-old gifted fans with her self-titled debut studio album. Billed as a “throwback R&B” album, via Interscope Records, the project marked a pivotal moment in the young songwriter’s life. “Releasing my debut album was probably the happiest I’ve ever been,” Ella told ABC Radio. “It was like such a surreal feeling.”

And, rightfully so. Throughout the course of the 16-track LP, Ella weaves together a narration of her identity. The album notably features her first hit record, “Boo’d Up,” which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“To know that people take me in, and really love my music, and are grateful… It’s an incredible feeling.”


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