R&B is alive and well. Just ask Ella Mai, whose self-titled debut arrives today.
Executive produced by Mustard, the 16 tracks include duets with Chris Brown (“Whatchamacallit”), John Legend (“Everything”), and H.E.R. (“Gut Feeling”), plus the gold-certified single “Trip” and 3x platinum hit “Boo’d Up.” The album also features the previously-released bonus track “Naked” and vulnerable “Easy,” which Ella describes as “nothing like I’ve put out before.”
“R&B is not dead. We can make it mainstream again. Clearly, people love it,” Ella told Rolling Stone.
The British singer-songwriter previously released three EPs: Time, Change, and Ready, which spawned “Boo’d Up.” The latter topped Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for 14 weeks, becoming the longest-running No. 1 by a woman this decade.
You can catch Ella live on select dates of Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic World Tour,” which runs through November.
Stream Ella Mai below.