Lindsay Ell

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Lindsay Ell
Lindsay Ell in Calgary (2010)
Lindsay Ell in Calgary (2010)
Background information
Birth nameLindsay Elizabeth Ell
Born (1989-03-20) 20 March 1989 (age 32)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, guitarist
InstrumentsVocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, ukulele, piano, banjo
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.[2] 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.[3] Her debut extended play, Worth the Wait, was released in March 2017. Her first full-length country album, The Project,[4] was released in August 2017 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album Sales chart.[5]

Early life[edit]

Lindsay Ell was born in Calgary.[6] 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."[7] Lindsay fell in love with the blues and started songwriting at age 10.[8] Ell was valedictorian for her class at Bishop Carroll High School, 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.[6][9]


Randy Bachman discovered Ell when she was only 15 years old.[10] Bachman described her as "the most talented and multi-faceted artist I've come across in many years".[11] Bachman co-wrote and produced her first album Consider This.[12] It was recorded at Bachman's studio on Saltspring Island, and Ell herself co-wrote most of the 11 songs.[6] The album was released in 2006 on Bachman's record label Ranbach Music and distributed by Fontana North.[13] Ell toured with blues guitarist Buddy Guy in 2008.[14][15] On her 2009 album, Alone, she moved to a more acoustic sound compared to her debut.[8][14]

It was her first songwriting trip to Nashville that brought her full circle to her country roots.[16] 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.[17] At the age of 21, she permanently moved to Nashville and signed with the US-based record label Stoney Creek Records.[17]

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.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20][21] She typically plays a custom Les Paul Goddess and Martin acoustic guitars.[22] She is an official Martin Guitar artist.[23]

Lindsay made her Grand Ole Opry debut on 15 April 2014 and has since made several appearances on the show.[22]

On 24 March 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."[24] "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.[25]

On 28 January 2018, Lindsay sang the Canadian National Anthem at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game.[26] In March 2018, she performed at the C2C: Country to Country festival in the UK

On July 29, 2020 upon her label's request Lindsay flew to Nashville to perform a remix as a guest artist on her label mate Tucker Beathard's newly released single titled "Faithful". The track was the first promotional single released upon the announcement Beathard's upcoming album titled KING, however the version that features her was left off of the album and instead only able to be streamed via YouTube.[27][28]


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.[33] She has also supported tours with Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Buddy Guy, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Ronnie Dunn, Paul Brandt and Chris Isaak.[34]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award show Category Nominated work Result Ref
2014 Canadian Country Music Association Rising Star Lindsay Ell Nominated [35]
All Star Band - Guitar
2015 Rising Star
Association of Country Music in Alberta Female Artist of the Year Won [36]
2016 CMT Music Awards Social Superstar Nominated [37]
Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year Lindsay Ell [38]
2017 Lindsay Ell
2018 Lindsay Ell [39]
Album of the Year The Project
2019 Academy of Country Music Awards New Female Artist of the Year Lindsay Ell [40]
CMT Music Awards Collaborative Video of the Year "What Happens in a Small Town" (with Brantley Gilbert) [41]
Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year Lindsay Ell [42]
Interactive Artist of the Year Won
Single of the Year "Criminal" Nominated
Video of the Year
Country Music Association Awards Musical Event of the Year "What Happens in a Small Town" (with Brantley Gilbert)
2020 Academy of Country Music Awards New Female Artist of the Year Lindsay Ell
Music Event of the Year "What Happens in a Small Town" (with Brantley Gilbert)
Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year Lindsay Ell Nominated [43]
Interactive Artist of the Year Won
2021 Juno Awards Country Album of the Year heart theory Nominated [44]


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  2. ^ Hoshkiw, Drew (19 May 2011). "Ell offers country sound at Hotel". Rocky Mountain Outlook. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  3. ^ Bell, Mike (11 July 2014). "Calgary country singer Lindsay Ell ready for the big leagues". Calgary Herald. Calgary Herald. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Lindsay Ell Made Her Late-Night Debut on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! (6/20)". Nashville, TN: Broken Bow Records (BBR) Music Group. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Lindsay Ell's 'The Project' Is a No. 1 Album". The Boot. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Simnett, Chris (1 January 2007). "Ell awaits release of CD". Calgary Herald. p. B4.
  7. ^ "Artist: Lindsay Ell". CBC Music. Archived from the original on 1 March 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  8. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 12 February 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  9. ^ Kravitz, Kayley. "Student Spotlight: Lindsay Ell". Berklee Online. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  10. ^ Hu, Amanda (7 August 2008). "Songstress breaks down the barriers". Gauntlet. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  11. ^ Fortney, Valerie (25 March 2008). "Eyes of Canada on city for music awards gala". Calgary Herald. p. A3. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  12. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  13. ^ "Consider this" (sound recording) / Lindsay Ell, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, OCLC 226950209, AMICUS No. 33722758, retrieved 5 March 2012
  14. ^ a b Mccoy, Heath (17 February 2009). "Lindsay Ell has a style all her own". Calgary Herald. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Patton, Kristi (8 January 2014). "Lindsay Ell trippin' along on tour with The Band Perry". Penticton Western News. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  17. ^ a b ARNUSCH, SHELLEY (2 May 2014). "Musician Lindsay Ell: A Calgarian in Nashville". Avenue. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  18. ^ Harr, Dan. "Lindsay Ell Profiled on NBC's The Better Show This Monday 3 March". Music News Nashville. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  19. ^ Haislop, Neil. "Headline of the Day - March 3, 2014". All Access. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  20. ^ Wood, James. "Guitarist Lindsay Ell Discusses New Single, "Trippin' On Us," and Opening for Buddy Guy". Guitar World. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  21. ^ Wilderman, Jill. "Spotlight Country…With Lindsay Ell". Spotlight Country. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  22. ^ a b Wood, James. "Guitarist Lindsay Ell Talks New Music, Touring and The Grand Ole Opry". Go.Jimmy.Go. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  23. ^ "Artists that play Martin Guitars". Martin Guitars. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  24. ^ "Lindsay Ell to Release Debut EP, 'Worth The Wait'". Sounds Like Nashville. 20 March 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  25. ^ "EP Review: Lindsay Ell's 'Worth The Wait'". Sounds Like Nashville. 24 March 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  26. ^ Casey, Jim (25 January 2018). "NHL All-Star Game Will Include Performances From Lindsay Ell, Brett Young & Chase Rice". Nash Country Daily. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
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  29. ^ "Brad Paisley Plots 2017 Weekend Warrior Tour". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  30. ^ "Sugarland Plot 2018 Still the Same Tour". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  31. ^ "Lindsay Ell to open in hometown on Keith Urban's Graffiti U World tour". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  32. ^ Freeman, Jon (4 September 2018). "Lindsay Ell Announces First Headlining Tour". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  33. ^ Patton, Kristi (8 January 2014). "Lindsay Ell trippin' along on tour with The Band Perry". Penticton Western News. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  34. ^ "Supporting Act for Keith Urban Announced".
  35. ^ "2014 CCMA Awards - Canadian Country Music Association".
  36. ^ "Past Winners - Female Artist of the Year". Association of Country Music in Alberta. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  37. ^ "2016 CMT Music Awards - Voting Underway in New Category for June 8 Awards Show". CMT. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  38. ^ "2016 CCMA Awards Nominees". CCMA. CCMA. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  39. ^ "2018 CCMA Awards Nominees - Canadian Country Music Association". Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  40. ^ "ACM Awards 2019: Full list of nominees". CBS News. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  41. ^ Freeman, Jon (6 June 2019). "2019 CMT Music Awards: The Complete Winners List". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  42. ^ "2019 CCMA Award Nominees - Canadian Country Music Association". Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  43. ^ "2020 CCMA Awards: The complete country music winners list". Global News. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  44. ^ Gordon, Holly (5 June 2021). "Here are the 2021 Juno Award winners". CBC Music.

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