Ella was born in Gelugor, Penang and raised in the Klang Valley in Selangor. She attended the Tunku Ampuan Rahimah Girls School in Klang Valley. Her career started as a singer at local night clubs and lounges. After singing in one of those clubs, Ella was approached by a band called The Boys and later agreed to merge with this band to become Ella & The Boys. On 10 June 2012, Ella and her protege, Puteri Caroline Kamel, won TV3's Mentor Season 6 talent search. On 7 July 2012, Ella married Azhar Ghazali, a pilot who is 15 years younger than Ella.