Ella Mai

8 albums, 35 tracks

Born in Nov 03, 1994



"Ella Mai"

May 17, 2019

Ella Mai, The Renewed Spirit Of R & B

Written by @JorgeDiaz from Electro Arpegio  / 7 mins read

It is amazing how many things can be said of an artist who has such a short career, it is only a few years that they have passed and relatively few songs that she has published compared to the consecrated stars of the same genre and already captures the attention in many senses. What does this girl have? Is it really her undoubted capacity to sing the one that has made her sell all the locations of her tours? Is it the vision of DJ Mustard that has put her in everyone's eye? Is the great success of putting her to compose and sing with great figures on her debut album? Or is it the warrior spirit of a singer who does not surrender to adversity? We could say that it is all the above and end the text here, but it is very interesting to delve into each of the elements that have helped a star of these dimensions to emerge and that very soon will be placed among the greatest singers of R & B, for giving back to this musical genre a lot of what it has lost. That's what I like most about music, which I can investigate and go into the life of the artist to know in an integral way what surrounds his work. Because for me it is not only to appreciate what he did and how he did it but also to know why what happened has happened.

It's Not About Fighting, It's About Not Giving Up

It is striking how many amateurs have the doors closed even though many have extraordinary talents and, in the case of Ella Mai, also has the academic preparation to demonstrate all her abilities when singing. Student of the British and Irish Modern Music Institute of London, she had the need to try her luck in the famous, but not for that reason prestigious show X Factor UK, in which she was accompanied by other girls who formed the band " Arize. " Surprisingly and as confirmation of the lies and little vision of the supposed experts who take on the role of "judges" in that show, the trio did not advance beyond the auditions. Is not this an aberration? Were they unable to see this star and hear everything she could give? Or it is simply that it was not in the plans of the production to do justice and, on the contrary, to put aside her talent to avoid her to shade the one they had already decided that would be the winner that year. They are reasonable doubts, I believe. Undoubtedly, we have to always think about the true intentions of these "talent" shows. In other occasions, when a duet or a band does not convince them at all, they separate them to leave just the one they think has the talent to sing or be part of another band, but in the case of Ella, it was not like that, unfair right? But fortunately, our artist did not give up and kept fighting to find the place that belongs to her. Like a warrior, she made use of new technologies that allow people to reach directly and without help from anyone. It is endearing to see Ella Mai's Instagram account and to realize how she published many of her performances with very poor-quality audio, but enough to realize her talent. She did it on Twitter, Facebook, SoundCloud and on all the social networks she could. It's like shouting: "Hey, here I am, do not you realize?" And after earning the affection and recognition of those who found her in cyberspace and began to follow and support her, the moment arrived that every aspiring singer: was discovered by someone who did appreciate the full potential of the singer: DJ Mustard.

Good Companions

Then, the material of the first album of Ella Mai was a series of collaborations with excellent composers and tracks were included where she shares credits in the interpretation with Chris Brown, John Legend and H.E.R., better impossible. The beauty of the songs, the excellent performances, and the good companions worked naturally, and the album has been a success and continues a tour that confirms her as one of the favorites of the moment. Ella Mai has mentioned many artists as her direct influence and, it strikes me that she does not mention Beyoncé since more than one song makes me remember her, but well, that may also sound obvious because of the tone of the voice of both singers and the gender that they interpret and, not necessarily because it is a direct influence for the artist. One of the themes that stand out for my taste is "Everything" in which she sings alongside John Legend. Come with me to listen to it:

A Rebellious Girl

In one of the things that I confess I was wrong, was to equate Ella Mai with H.E.R., I understand that they are similar styles and very close ranges of voice and, although they collaborated together in "Gut Feeling", when I analyze separately each one of the songs of both, a more rebellious spirit is noted in the interpretations of Ella, her lyrics are directed to an audience of her age; while the lyrics of the songs of H.E.R. they are more universal and for a wider audience in terms of the age of those who listen to her. But in reality that does not matter, to those who we love music, we appreciate both styles and the two singers have a very special place in our hearts. In conclusion, if this is just the beginning of Ella Mai, imagine what her growth will be in the industry. I am sure that very soon there will be more artists who want to approach her for future collaborations.

Last Notes

As is natural, there are always details for those who listen to the songs that they think could have been improved or polished. In the case of the song "Trip", it seems to me that Ella Mai's interpretation is a bit short with respect to the subject. I have the feeling that she could have allowed herself to let go of the voice a lot more and make it explode in the climax of the song, but they did not consider it convenient and that's it. On the other hand, the song "Easy" is an exquisite composition and a sublime interpretation, I dare say it's perfect. That is the process of growth and learning that I was referring to. An artist with the intelligence and quality of Ella Mai will know how to collect all these experiences to refine her style and define the intensity with which she must handle the voice in each topic. For the rest, let's welcome a warrior who will never give up.

May 08, 2019

An Album With A Poem Weaved Between Its Songs

Written by @adelemarie from JustAdeleMarie  / 6 mins read

Sometimes in music, you find a song you really, really like, and you put it in a playlist that you replay millions of times. However, you may never hear another song by one of those artists or even realize who they are, but the more narratives I write, the more surprised I am that I have in fact listened to some of these artists. I didn’t think I had ever heard Ella Mai songs, I had heard of her for sure, but I didn’t think I heard of her until I realized while listening to a playlist that she has blessed me with a beautiful ballad “Naked.” So, today, I thought I would give her a shot and listen to her self-titled album Ella Mai, in a whole. The album is setup to show a narration of who she is by using her name as an acronym. E= emotion, L= Lust, L= Love, A= Assertive, M= Mystery, A= Aware, and I= Inner.

Emotion And Lust

And so the album begins with 20 second interlude “Emotion,” which is just a spoken word of the meaning of the word emotion. The theme of “Emotion” is short lived, as it is only included in the first 20 seconds of the album, but that doesn’t mean the music stops. Beginning with “Good Bad,” it is a fun R&B tune about Ella Mai being unapologetic for her moods. The song starts with some signature R&B snaps, but transforms into what I would call a R&B Hip Hop tune, and “Dangerous” is a classic R&B song about the danger in giving a relationship your all. L= Lust, is covered in track number four, “Sauce.” The song ends with the spoken interlude portion that discusses the theme for the song, just like “Emotion.” The song in itself, though, is a fun dancy song. The song is about- well obviously lust- not needing a guy but messing with him anyways. The next song includes an R&B king, if you will, Chris Brown. “Whatchamacallit” is a song about being in a relationship while also being in a secret relationship. Even though you know it is wrong, it feels so right. It is obviously an R&B classic sound. The song has slight “Loyal” vibes but also like not at the same time. We close the Lust theme with “Cheap Shot.” “Cheap Shot” features a guitar and a R&B break in the chorus, as well as those famous snaps, don’t forget the snaps.

Love, Assertive, And Mystery

To continue on with the narrative of who she is, track seven covered Love with “Shot Clock.” Without sounding too repetitive, it’s sound is a slow classic R&B feel. The song is about moving faster in the relationship than your significant other and telling them to reciprocate or it’s over. Of course, the song ends with an outro of spoken word going into more detail on the ‘Love’ theme before moving on to the song awarded a Grammy for best R&B song, “Boo’d Up.” The song is simply about being in a relationship with someone and liking it. The song is really good, but I think that goes without saying after the Grammy comment. Moving to the A= Assertive. “Everything” is a song featuring John Legend, which means it is a slower R&B tune. The beginning samples the ending instrumentals of Ariana Grande’s “I Don’t Care.” Also, the song is about your partner paying attention to you and a healthy relationship. We Run straight into the next letter of the acronym, M= Mystery. “Own It” is a song that samples Adina Howard and is about waiting for her lover to come home in order to satisfy his craving. But we slow it back down a bit, just a bit, on the next one, “Run My Mouth.” It follows the same theme as “Own It,” it is about getting such good sex you can’t shut up about it. To put it bluntly.

Aware And Inner

Coming into song number twelve, we have a fun collaboration between to R&B Queens, H.E.R. and Ella Mai. Together they share “Gut Feeling,” a song about trusting your intuition in a relationship, but I wanna add in all cases. They’re voices blend together beautifully over this piano led track and give fans something I imagine they described as, “something I didn’t know I needed until now.” It is personally my favorite track on the album, it is so easy going and the Queens kill it together. But, of course, it ends with a spoken outro by Ella about what Aware means to her. The next song also is piano fueled but about being entranced in a love she is feeling in a relationship. “Trip” is the thirteenth track on the album and is what I can only describe as classy. With that being said, we get to the last installment in the poem that is who she is, “Close” is I= Inner. On it, Mai sings about wanting to remain close to an ex over a slow classic R&B tune- again don’t forget the snaps or it isn’t a proper R&B album. Second to last track, “Easy” is a piano ballad that allows Ella’s vocals to shine. It is a heartfelt song about loving someone who has been hurt and is where Mai begins to slow the album down to a close. The last song on the album, the closing song, is another slow song, minus the piano and add a guitar. “Naked” is a song about finding someone who is able to love you for you. The song is her looking for someone who is able to love her despite everything. Although the album is good, I think “Naked” shows a different sounding Mai. Whether it is because it was recorded at a different time than the rest of the album or what, she sounds so much better on this song to me. For some reason, maybe it’s the emotion in the track, she shines the most on this song. Which makes it a fantastic song to end an album.

Ella Mai Sneakily Steals The R&B Crown With Her Fantastic Self-Titled Album

For anyone who’s paying even the slightest bit of attention the music industry, the R&B scene has been long overdue for a complete makeover. Back in the nineties & early-noughties, $&B music reigned supreme across the board, with even the weakest performances still generating thrilling soundscapes full of pure emotion, excellent musical theory & some of the most compelling dance grooves around – Once Alternative R&B hit the scene, the whole genre as a whole seemed to devolve into this lowest-common-denominator realm wherein everyone’s out to sell records instead of truly believing in the music they’re producing. Thankfully, Ella Mai aims to stir the pot, tapping into the teachings of her predecessors to create quite possibly the best R&B record of this decade, the Mary J. Blige of the new generation.

Written by camjameson from Extraneous Routes / Mar 06, 2019

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Ella Mai Howell (born 3 November 1994) is an English singer and songwriter. She signed to DJ Mustard's label 10 Summers Records in 2014.
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