Lindsay Ell

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Lindsay Ell
Lindsay Ell at Olympic Plaza in 2010.jpg
Background information
Birth nameLindsay Elizabeth Ell
Born (1989-03-20) 20 March 1989 (age 29)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
GenresCountry, Canadian country
Occupation(s)singer, songwriter, guitarist
Instrumentsvocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, ukulele, piano
Years active2003–present
LabelsStoney Creek Records

Lindsay Elizabeth Ell (born 20 March 1989) is a Canadian country music singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Calgary, Alberta.[1] Her music incorporates elements of rock, blues and pop within the country genre. She is signed to the US record label Stoney Creek Records, an imprint of Broken Bow Records.[2] Her debut extended play, Worth the Wait, was released in March 2017. Her first full length country album, The Project,[3] was released in August 2017 and debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen SoundScan's US Current Country Albums chart.[4]

Early life[edit]

Lindsay Ell was born in Calgary.[5] She started playing the piano at six, until she discovered her father's collection of guitars scattered throughout the house, switching at age eight; "I fell in love with the guitar," says Lindsay. "It's a huge part of who I am."[6] Lindsay fell in love with the blues and started songwriting at age 10.[7] Ell was valedictorian for her class at Bishop Carroll High School (Calgary, Alberta), from which she graduated a year early. She went on to study business at the University of Calgary and music at the Berklee College of Music, in addition to pursuing her music career.[5][8]


Randy Bachman discovered Ell when she was only 15 years old.[9] Bachman described her as "the most talented and multi-faceted artist I've come across in many years".[10] Bachman co-wrote and produced her first album Consider This.[11] It was recorded at Bachman's studio on Saltspring Island, and Ell herself co-wrote most of the 11 songs.[5] The album was released in 2006 on Bachman's record label Ranbach Music and distributed by Fontana North.[12] Ell toured with blues guitarist Buddy Guy in 2008.[13][14] On her 2009 album, Alone, she moved to a more acoustic sound compared to her debut.[7][13]

It was her first songwriting trip to Nashville that brought her full circle to her country roots.[15] She travelled back and forth from Calgary to Nashville for a couple years to participate in songwriting sessions while playing as many live shows as she could to hone her craft.[16] At the age of 21, she permanently moved to Nashville and signed with the US-based record label Stoney Creek Records.[16]

In December 2013, her first official single, "Trippin' on Us", debuted as the most added song for country music radio in both Canada and the United States with over 50 first week adds.[17] Ell has since been called "a true triple threat" by Guitar World; "a star in the making" by Taste of Country and "a distinct figure in the modern country recording camp" by Country Weekly.[18]

Lindsay is a guitarist whose style has been influenced by John Mayer, Keith Urban, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tommy Emmanuel, Chet Atkins, Buddy Guy, Randy Bachman, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix.[19][20] She typically plays a custom Les Paul Goddess and Martin acoustic guitars.[21] She is an official Martin Guitar artist.[22]

Lindsay made her Grand Ole Opry debut on 15 April 2014 and has since made several appearances on the show.[21]

On March 24, 2017, Lindsay released her debut EP, Worth the Wait, featuring six songs, one of which is a cover of John Mayer's "Stop This Train."[23] "Worth the Wait shows off Ell’s talent in all capacities, as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter," wrote Sounds Like Nashville in a review of the project.[24]

On 28 January, 2018, Lindsay sang the Canadian National Anthem at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game.[25] In March 2018, she performed at the C2C: Country to Country festival in the UK.[citation needed]


Lindsay Ell was selected by The Band Perry to open for their "We Are Pioneers World Tour" which included 50 dates throughout Europe and North America during 2013 and 2014.[30] She has also supported tours with Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Buddy Guy, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Ronnie Dunn, Paul Brandt and Chris Isaak.[31]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country
US Indie
Consider This[35]
  • Release date: December 31, 2008
  • Label: Maple Nationwide
  • Release date: February 2009
  • Label: Independent
The Project 40 4 1
The Continuum Project
  • Release date: May 25, 2018
  • Label: Stoney Creek
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country
US Indie
Worth the Wait
  • Release date: March 24, 2017
  • Label: Stoney Creek
139 28 7


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
CAN Country
US Country
US Country Airplay
2013 "Trippin' on Us" 14 95 46 N/A
2014 "Pickup Truck" 25
"Shut Me Up" 23 47
2015 "By the Way" 14 44
2016 "All Alright" 9
2017 "Waiting on You" 4 42 The Project
"Criminal" 1 28 19
2018 "Champagne"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

As a featured artist[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
CAN Country
2018 "The Worst Kind"[45]
(Tim Hicks featuring Lindsay Ell)
21 New Tattoo
(Paul Brandt featuring Lindsay Ell)
16 The Journey BNA: Vol. 2

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Single Album
2017 "Good"[47] The Project

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director Ref.
2013 "Trippin' On Us" Roman White [48]
2015 "By the Way" Desmond Desmarais [49]
2017 "Waiting on You" Peter Zavadil [50]
2018 "Criminal" [51]
"I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)" Brian Vaughan [52]
"Dreaming with a Broken Heart" [53]

Other appearances[edit]

List of non-single appearances, showing year released, other artist(s) and album name
Title Year Artist Album Ref.
"Abandon Ship" 2008 Jonathan Li If You Thought You Knew [54]
"Netflix Love Song" 2016 Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots The Critics Give It 5 Stars [55]
"Horses" 2018 Keith Urban Graffiti U [56]
"The Worst Kind" Tim Hicks New Tattoo [57]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Ref.
2014 Canadian Country Music Association Rising Star Nominated [58]
All Star Band - Guitar
2015 Rising Star [59]
2015 Association of Country Music Arists Alberta Female Artist of the Year Won [60]
2016 CMT Music Awards Social Superstar Nominated [61]
Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year [62]
2017 [63]
2018 Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year Nominated [64]
2018 Canadian Country Music Association Album of the Year Nominated [64]


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