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Ella Mai performs at BBC Radio 1Xtra Live at the O2 Arena in London on Sept. 22, 2018.
Fresh from her soulful performance at Tuesday night’s (Oct. 9) 2018 AMAs, Ella Mai jammed on “Trip” from her debut album on The Tonight Show on Wednesday (Oct. 10). The piano-driven ballad focuses on a relationship Mai’s become entranced by.
The performance opened with the 23-year-old R&B singer in the spotlight, and the rest of the band illuminated by purple lights behind her. Fog swam around her feet as she sang, “I put my feelings on safety/ So I don’t go shootin’ where your heart be.”
The rhythm heated up on the chorus, the drumbeat leading Mai, dressed all in white, into lines, “I’m done tripping/ That’s how I control this feeling, you keep giving/ You keep on hittin’ it.” Mai soared about the band, her smooth vocals riding the velvety groove as she proved once again that she’s got skills well beyond her years.
Mai’s self-titled album releases this Friday (Oct. 12). Watch her Tonight Show performance below.