In LA, she secured a tour support slot with eleven-time Grammy award winner Bruno Mars. Shortly after releasing her self-titled debut album in late 2018 on Mustard's 10 Summers Records, Ella signed a global record deal with Sony/ATV, making her a major musical force to be reckoned with.
She also set a new record by becoming the first British artist in 26 years to score a no.1 single on the US R&B chart with her multi-platinum single 'Boo'd Up'. In 2019, the hit single was nominated for two Grammy Awards, Song of the Year and Best R&B Song, with the track winning the latter. Shortly after, US titans Nicki Minaj and Quavo remixed the single. Ella won three awards at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, including Top R&B Artist, and received nominations for British Breakthrough Act at the BRIT Awards.
After setting off on her debut headline tour in 2019, Ella joined Ariana Grande on the European leg of her Sweetener World Tour in the same year. Ella has also collaborated with Ed Sheeran, Usher and Ty Dolla $ign.
In 2020, Ella released the single ‘Not Another Love Song’, which peaked at no.9 in the US R&B charts. The track was also featured in Rihanna's Savage X Fenty fashion show, and Ella also performed it on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert a few days after its release.
Her first release of 2022, ‘DFMU’, is a slow-burning track, bursting with honesty, produced by long-time collaborator DJ Mustard.
Her sophomore album, Heart On My Sleeve, was released in May 2022. It debuted at no.15 on the US Billboard 200 and no.2 on the Top R&B Albums chart, earning 20,000 album-equivalent units in its first week.