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BRI­TISH songstress Ella Mai dom­i­nated the lo­cal air­waves last year with her smash hits Boo’d Up and Trip

and now the 24-year-old has dropped her self-ti­tled de­but stu­dio al­bum, which has her de­liv­er­ing a string of smooth R&B jams that show off her funky per­son­al­ity and emo­tional side beau­ti­fully. The star has found a place to thrive mu­si­cally in to­day’s R&B land­scape and her hon­est, un­apolo­getic ap­proach to sto­ry­telling, along with her sul­try vo­cals, has helped her make an im­pact on au­di­ences on a global level. Though this project is the singer’s de­but and fea­tures a string of hits, Ella made sure not to rush her jour­ney – and rightly so, be­cause the time she took has made Ella Mai a strong, con­fi­dent col­lec­tion that truly shows off the star’s per­son­al­ity, tal­ent and de­ter­mi­na­tion to be one of the big­gest names in R&B.

El’s Favourite Track: Boo’d Up

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