London songstress and 10 Summers Records empress Ella Mai embarked on a 6-date winter tour beginning at The Observatory OC in Santa Ana, California. Her following shows included cities like New York, Paris and Amsterdam before her final homecoming in London.
For more familiarity, Ella was found by DJ Mustard on social media before inking a deal with his label. Some of her major singles include: “She Don’t (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)”, “Lay Up”, “10,000 Hours” and recent release “Naked”.
This tour was supposed to commemorate her growth and transition between various EP’s Time, Change and Ready. But it did more than that: Mai’s shows developed close relationships with other loyal fans who sang along to each song.
During a cold November night, fans patiently awaited in a long line outside of the Constellation Room — the Observatory OC’s smaller venue. Doors did not open until a bit after 8:30 pm and Ella strolled on stage around 9:40 pm. Her 10 Summers family, DJ Mustard and RJ were in attendance for moral support.
Ella was dressed for comfort with a messy bun, a matching yellow 10 Summers crewneck and sweats outfit and Vans. She was welcomed with echoing screams and fans singing “Boo’d Up”. quickly transitioning to “Makes Me Wonder”, “Anymore” and “Don’t Want You”. She briefly exclaimed the inspiration behind each project and continued to perform a shuffled discography of these works.
Her set consisted of a performance running a bit over an hour. Loving fans sung in unison to “Naked” and it brought a tear to her eye. Some of us even broke down in tears due to the raw, truthful lyrics, emphasizing self-love and acceptance for authentic love. The overwhelming support encouraged Mai to perform an encore of the song.
After this, she calmly expressed intense nervousness for this opening show. But due to the overwhelming love and support of fans, Ella encouraged us to wait for a free meet-and-greet and album signing at her merchandise table. There, I found black and orange hoodies, a tee shirt and hat for sale ranging from 30-60 dollars. Whoever bought anything, received a free album of the three LP’s in return for attending the show.