Ella Mai performs at CSU for the Colored Souls Concert

Isabelle Rayburn

Ella Mai was “Boo’d up” with the crowd Saturday night. 

The United Women of Color had their Colored Souls spring concert Saturday night which featured Colorado-based artists Kayla Rae, Rachel Bailey and Shyann Lee as the opening artists and the main artist was Ella Mai.  

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Ella Mai is an artist originally from London. She was discovered on social media and was soon signed to 10 Summers Records. Her songs are truly from the heart and about whatever she is feeling at the moment and her audience is really universal overall.

“As a woman of color, it was amazing to see Ella Mai perform so beautifully and talk to the audience about her journey into the music industry as a woman of color herself.”

Dominique Maes, Communication studies and social work major

For some, this was the first concert they have ever been to.  

“This was actually my first concert” Cesar Munoz a freshman Construction Management major said. “I loved it. The opening artists were all great and I’m going to start listening to them. You can tell that Ella Mai is very passionate about what she does and I am now a fan and she is now on my Spotify playlist.”

The concert was a memorable one that helped to inspire and motivate the audience. 

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Singer and songwriter Kayla Rae performs for a crowd in the LSC North Ballroom during the Colored Souls Spring Concert presented by the United Women of Color on April 28, 2018. (Matt Begeman | Collegian)

“Ella Mai is one of these artists you hear and you sway along with their voice,” Tiara Palomera a Communications major said. “She’s beautiful. I love female artists and R&B music. I enjoyed it because everyone’s vibe was so cool because of her it was like a bonding activity for everyone who went because the vibes were so great.

This concert was also empowering for women of color. 

“This is actually my second time seeing Ella Mai,” Dominique Maes a Communication study and social work major said. “As a woman of color, it was amazing to see Ella Mai perform so beautifully and talk to the audience about her journey into the music industry as a woman of color herself.”

Reporter Isabelle Rayburn can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com or on Twitter @seiss_diosaa.