2018 has been a trailblazing year for burgeoning singer-songwriter Ella Mai. After the success of her sleeper hit “Boo’d Up,” the continued outpouring of love for the follow-up single “Trip,” and her debut self-titled album arriving in just a few days, the British beauty is capping off the year on a high note by signing on as the latest artist for Pepsi’s “The Sound Drop.”

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In the five-minute clip above, Mai takes us through her humble beginnings overseas, making her way to the Queens borough of New York City as a preteen to live, idolizing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill like the rest of us, and how Chris Brown surprisingly became a core influence for her smooth style of singing. We also get to see her collaborating with YouTube sensation JamieBoy, as the pair of crooners link up in the studio to create a flip of “Trip.”

Watch Ella Mai’s “The Sound Drop” feature with Pepsi above, and visit the official website to see the full episode and others in the series.

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