CIL-FM Artist of the Week – Ella Mai


After releasing three EP’s from 2016-2017, Ella Mai has released her self-titled debut album over the weekend.

The album includes features from some of the biggest names in music including: John Legend, Chris Brown and H.E.R.

Mai, 23, was a contestant on season 11 of The X Factor competing as the trio, Arize. However, the group failed to advance past the initial audition.

Following the groups separation, Mai released a four-track EP to Soundcloud, which then lead to her being discovered on Instagram by DJ Mustard. She was then signed to Interscope Records.

Three EP’s and now an album later, Mai has become one of the young stars of the pop/R&B genre alongside artists like Kehlani and H.E.R.


Name: Ella Mai Howell

Age: 23

From: London, England

Albums: Ella Mai (2018), Ready (EP) [2017], Change (EP) [2016], Time (EP) [2016]

Notable Collabs: Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign

Notable Songs: “Boo’d Up”, “Trip”, “She Don’t”