Sunday 3/24/2019 7:00 PM
The singer/songwriter that made the R&B "Boo'd Up" single popular, Ella Mai makes her way to Houston's HOB this Sunday (3/24/2019). Ms Mai recently performed on iHeart's Music Awards.
Ella Mai it is being reported, during multiple interviews has said, Lauryn Hill, Chris Brown, Brandy, Destiny's Child, Alicia Keys, and Mariah Carey as her biggest influences. Vibe.com said her "perception of the powerful emotion is kindred to R&B heartthrobs of the ‘90s, who flooded the radio airwaves with soulful ballads, baby-making tunes, and heart-wrenching break-up anthems." Rolling Stone.com described her sound as "a British émigré full of self-confidence and an affinity for classic Nineties R&B.
Songwriter Joelle James first wrote "Boo'd Up" back in 2014 originally for herself. She later looked for an someone to give the song to, eventually giving it to Ella Mai after feeling "synergy of it would be perfect for her."
Mai originally released the song in 2017 as part of the Ready EP. "Boo'd Up" zoomed in popularity on social media as well as in nightclubs over the months. Notably, in the Bay Area, and later in Dallas, Texas. After Mai served as the opening act on Kehlani's tour, her music reached a bigger audience and the song grew on radio airplay in the spring of 2018. The song became her first top 10 song in the US in the following month, deeming it her "breakthrough hit". Rolling Stone wrote that the single is "one of the biggest singles by a breakout female R&B singer in the past 10 years."
In 2018, Billboard magazine ranked "Boo'd Up" as the third best song of the year. This year "Boo Up" was Grammy's Song of Year.
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