From winning Best R&B Song at the 2019 Grammy Awards to touring with Bruno Mars, London-born singer Ella Mai has likely been living out her dreams for a while.

Things got even crazier last week when she managed to lock in some studio time with J. Cole and Pharrell at a luxury waterfront location. Ella Mai posted several photos recording new music with the two artists and posed for photos with a palm tree view.

“a bucket list type of week,” she wrote to Twitter on Sunday (August 29).

Ella Mai is currently working on the follow-up to 2018’s self-titled debut album. In October 2020, she spoke about how her relationship with Mustard — who signed her to his 10 Summers label — has grown since her first body of work.

“Now that we’ve been doing it for a while, it’s almost like we can go into a room and not even say anything,” she told Billboard. “It just works, if you get what I mean. It’s taken time and I think we’re still learning about each other with being in the room and working. But for both us, I think we were so excited with the debut album.”

She continued, “I used to tell people I appreciate Mustard so much, because he treated my debut album as if it was his. He put a lot of time into what we were doing. So now that we’re getting back into it, it’s like, ‘Cool. Where do we wanna go?’ As the songs keep coming about — because I’m not finished yet — it’s almost that feeling again that we had with the debut album.

“It’s God’s given gift that we met each other, because I honestly can’t thank him enough, even if it’s for advice. The music is incredible.”

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As half of The Neptunes alongside Chad Hugo, Pharrell has linked up with the likes of Diddy, Rick Ross, Lil Uzi Vert, A$AP Ferg, Brent Faiyaz and Ant Clemons in 2021. On Monday (August 30), the duo’s Instagram account shared a photo of “Mood” hitmaker 24kGoldn with the caption, “tapped in.”