Lindsay Ell

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Lindsay Ell
Lindsay Ell performing
Background information
Birth name Lindsay Elizabeth Ell
Born (1989-03-20) 20 March 1989 (age 28)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Genres Country
Occupation(s) singer, songwriter, guitarist
Instruments vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, ukulele, piano
Years active 2003–present
Labels Stoney 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 U.S. record label Stoney Creek Records, a sister label of Broken Bow Records.[2] As of 26 October 2016, it was revealed that Ell is dating American country radio DJ Bobby Bones. Her debut extended play, Worth the Wait, was released in March 2017.

Early life[edit]

Lindsay Ell was born in Calgary.[3] 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."[4] Lindsay fell in love with the blues and started songwriting at age 10.[5] 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.[3][6]


Randy Bachman discovered Ell when she was only 15 years old.[7] Bachman described her as "the most talented and multi-faceted artist I've come across in many years".[8] Bachman co-wrote and produced her first album Consider This.[9] It was recorded at Bachman's studio on Saltspring Island, and Ell herself co-wrote most of the 11 songs.[3] The album was released in 2006 on Bachman's record label Ranbach Music and distributed by Fontana North.[10] Ell toured with blues guitarist Buddy Guy in 2008.[11][12] On her 2009 album, Alone, she moved to a more acoustic sound compared to her debut.[5][11]

It was her first songwriting trip to Nashville that brought her full circle to her country roots.[13] 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.[14] At the age of 21, she permanently moved to Nashville and signed with the U.S. based record label Stoney Creek Records.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16]

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.[17][18] She typically plays a custom Les Paul Goddess and Martin acoustic guitars.[19] She is an official Martin Guitar artist.[20]

Lindsay made her Grand Ole Opry debut on 15 April 2014 and has since made several appearances on the show.[19]

On March 24, 2017, Lindsay will release her debut EP, Worth the Wait, featuring six songs, one of which is a cover of John Mayer's "Stop This Train."[21] "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.[22]


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.[24] She has also supported tours with Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Buddy Guy, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Ronnie Dunn, Paul Brandt and Chris Isaak.[25]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Consider This[26]
  • Release date: December 31, 2008
  • Label: Maple Nationwide

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Country
US Indie
Worth the Wait 139 28 7


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
CAN Country CAN 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"[30] Worth the Wait
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2013 "Trippin' On Us"[31] Roman White
2015 "By the Way"[32] Desmond Desmarais

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2014 Canadian Country Music Association Rising Star Nominated
All Star Band - Guitar Nominated
2015 Rising Star Nominated
2016 CMT Music Awards Social Superstar Nominated
Canadian Country Music Association[33] Female Artist of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ Hoshkiw, Drew (19 May 2011). "Ell offers country sound at Hotel". Rocky Mountain Outlook. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Bell, Mike (2014-07-11). "Calgary country singer Lindsay Ell ready for the big leagues". Calgary Herald. Calgary Herald. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Simnett, Chris (1 January 2007). "Ell awaits release of CD". Calgary Herald. p. B4. 
  4. ^ "Artist: Lindsay Ell". CBC Music. Archived from the original on 1 March 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Leonard, Christine (5 February 2009). "Just for the Ell of it: Local singer-songwriter Lindsay Ell gets a little help from big-name friends". Fast Forward Weekly. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Kravitz, Kayley. "Student Spotlight: Lindsay Ell". Berklee Online. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Hu, Amanda (7 August 2008). "Songstress breaks down the barriers". Gauntlet. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Fortney, Valerie (25 March 2008). "Eyes of Canada on city for music awards gala". Calgary Herald. p. A3. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Tayler, Theresa (14 December 2006). "Taking care of business: Rock icon Randy Bachman takes Calgary teen under his wing". Calgary Herald. Postmedia Network. ISSN 1197-2823. OCLC 29533985. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Consider this" (sound recording) / Lindsay Ell, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, OCLC 226950209, AMICUS No. 33722758, retrieved 5 March 2012 
  11. ^ a b Mccoy, Heath (17 February 2009). "Lindsay Ell has a style all her own". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  12. ^ Hunter, Colin (8 January 2009). "This girl's got a friend in Guy: Jam session with Buddy Guy an honour for young blues-pop musician Lindsay Ell". Guelph Mercury. p. F2. 
  13. ^ Patton, Kristi (8 January 2014). "Lindsay Ell trippin' along on tour with The Band Perry". Penticton Western News. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  14. ^ a b ARNUSCH, SHELLEY (2 May 2014). "Musician Lindsay Ell: A Calgarian in Nashville". Avenue. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  15. ^ Harr, Dan. "Lindsay Ell Profiled On NBC's The Better Show This Monday March 3rd". Music News Nashville. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  16. ^ Haislop, Neil. "Headline of the Day - March 3, 2014". All Access. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 
  17. ^ Wood, James. "Guitarist Lindsay Ell Discusses New Single, "Trippin' On Us," and Opening for Buddy Guy". Guitar World. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  18. ^ Wilderman, Jill. "Spotlight Country…With Lindsay Ell". Spotlight Country. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  19. ^ a b Wood, James. "Guitarist Lindsay Ell Talks New Music, Touring and The Grand Ole Opry". Go.Jimmy.Go. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  20. ^ "Artists that play Martin Guitars.". Martin Guitars. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "Lindsay Ell to Release Debut EP, 'Worth The Wait'". Sounds Like Nashville. 2017-03-20. Retrieved 2017-03-20. 
  22. ^ "EP Review: Lindsay Ell's 'Worth The Wait'". Sounds Like Nashville. 2017-03-24. Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  23. ^ "Brad Paisley Plots 2017 Weekend Warrior Tour". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  24. ^ Patton, Kristi (8 January 2014). "Lindsay Ell trippin' along on tour with The Band Perry". Penticton Western News. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  25. ^ "Supporting Act for Keith Urban Announced". 
  26. ^ "Consider This - Lindsay Ell | Release Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved March 14, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Lindsay Ell – Chart history (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2017. 
  28. ^ "Lindsay Ell – Chart history (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2017. 
  29. ^ "Lindsay Ell – Chart history (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Future Releases for Country Radio Stations". All Access Media Group. Archived from the original on May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 
  31. ^ Stephens, Samantha (24 February 2014). "Lindsay Ell Premieres Debut Video "Trippin' on Us"". Country Music Television. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  32. ^ "CMT : Videos : Lindsay Ell : By the Way". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  33. ^ "2016 CCMA Awards Nominees". CCMA. CCMA. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 

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