NASHVILLE, TN (April 9, 2018) – Following a spectacular performance at AOL BUILD and multiple appearances around New York City last week, including a sit down with CBS New York and a live showcase at Billboard, Country music star LINDSAY ELL world premiered the music video for current single “Criminal” exclusively on Entertainment Tonight this past weekend (4/7). Watch the video available everywhere now HERE.

Additionally this week, “Criminal” has earned the top spot at both Mediabase and BDS Canadian Country radio. This success makes her the first Canadian female artist to hit No. 1 on the Canadian Country airplay charts since 2008, a historic moment and celebration that has been years in the making. The single was the Most Added song at U.S. Country Radio on its impact date and continues to rise on the charts, fast-approaching Top 20 at on both Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay (No. 21 on both charts).

“I am humbled and grateful to be the first female artist to have a #1 since 2008 on the Canadian Country radio charts,” commented Ell. “Sometimes you work so hard for the things you want, they feel surreal when they happen. Thank you Country radio for believing in me and making this possible. Thank you to each and every fan for never giving up on me. I will try my best to continue to make you proud.”

Billboard names Lindsay Ell’s ‘The Project’ Best Country Album of 2017!

The 10 Best Country Albums of 2017: Critics’ Picks

You hear a lot about the newcomers each year in country music, but veteran performers had a strong artistic year in 2017, landing the lion’s share of Billboard’s listing of the best country albums this year.

That doesn’t mean we didn’t have love for a couple of newcomers in our rankings, though, with our top two LPs even being debut projects.

1. Lindsay Ell, The Project

After searching for a signature sound the past few years, Ell turned to Kristian Bush to steer the musical ship from the producer’s chair -– and the Sugarland member wisely stepped out of the way and simply let Ell present her music the way that she has always wanted to. The writing and the performing were first-rate, but listen to those guitar riffs – they don’t come from seasoned Nashville veteran players, that’s the artist herself. There are few acts out there as deserving or as hard-working as Lindsay Ell, and she deserves this time in the spotlight.

2. Midland, On the Rocks

3. Darius Rucker, When Was the Last Time

4. Brantley Gilbert, The Devil Don’t Sleep

5. Lee Ann Womack, The Lonesome, The Lonely, and The Gone

6. Chris Stapleton, From A Room, Volume 1

7. Lady Antebellum, Heart Break

8. Kelsea Ballerini, Unapologetically

9. Lee Brice, Lee Brice

10. Sara Evans, Words

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Premier Guitar – What The Ell? How to Write Your First Song

Premier Guitar - What The Ell? How to Write Your First Song

A young Lindsay Ell in performance armed with a Fender rig and ready to take the first step.


Premier Guitar – What The Ell? How to Write Your First Song

My first song was terrible. I wrote it when I was 10 years old and it was called “That Place in My Heart.” I know, super sappy. It was about my parents, but to my credit what else is a 10-year-old going to write about? The lyrics were pretty bad as well. I don’t think I’ve ever released this in any form. I can vaguely remember the chorus….

But, I digress. Everyone needs to start somewhere. Picasso needed to paint that first painting. (Although his first painting was probably pretty amazing.) A first step is a first step. So whatever you do, don’t be afraid to create. As Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”


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The Project Also Cements Top Ten All Genres Debut

NASHVILLE, TN – Amplifying her red-hot momentum, Lindsay Ell’s debut album The Project (8/11) has earned the No. 1 position on the Nielsen Soundscan Current Country Albums Chart this week. An incredible feat, Ell is only the second solo female to debut at No. 1 with a debut album in 2017. Additionally, the album solidified a Top Ten All Genres debut, landing at No. 7 on Nielsen’s Top Current Albums.

The Project is the record I’ve wanted to release since I was a little girl, but as an artist, sometimes it takes time to figure out what you want to say and how you want to say it. I’m so grateful to my entire team for standing by my side throughout the whole process. Every single fan that has come to my shows, stood in meet and greet lines, and sang songs that they’ve learned through YouTube videos is what keeps me working so hard. Having a No. 1 selling album is incredible and I’m overwhelmed by the support. I’ve finally made a record that’s me, and I’m just happy fans are loving it as much as I do,” shares Ell.

Following an explosive week of high-profile television and media appearances including a performance on NBC’s The Today Show (8/9), as well as an outpouring of support across social media from celebrities and the music community at large, widespread critical acclaim continues to pour in for Lindsay Ell and The Project. USA Today lauds Ell is “a true triple threat,” and also draws comparisons to the legendary Bonnie Raitt and Shania Twain. ABC News writes the album is “ear-catching” and “commands the crowd,” while Sounds Like Nashville boldly declares, “her growing talent as a songwriter and standout vocalist add a whole new element to The Project, which demonstrates that Lindsay Ell is one of the best, most diverse and talented acts poised to breakthrough the Country scene.”

“I’m a firm believer good things happen to good people and today is the epitome of that. Lindsay Ell has worked long and hard for this moment and we are so happy for her.  She is a special person and it’s so gratifying to see this album receiving the accolades it deserves,” said Jon Loba, EVP, BBR Music Group.

Ell’s triumphant chart-topping debut is a result of years of artistic innovation, persistence and tenacity, coupled with a rabid army of loyal listeners. Produced by GRAMMY-winner Kristian Bush (Sugarland), the breakthrough artist co-wrote 9 of the album’s 12 tracks. The Projectfeatures her current single “Waiting On You,” which applauds “showcases the best of Ell.”

With current single “Waiting on You” currently climbing at Country Radio, the Stoney Creek Records artist continues to bring her new music to live audiences across North America supporting superstar Brad Paisley on his Weekend Warrior World Tour. In turn, Paisley supported Ell by proclaiming, “When you think of the list of all the best attributes you could throw into a blender to create a musical artist, such as soulful vocals, writing chops, ability to play the fire out of a guitar, being gorgeous, and not to mention class and kindness, Lindsay is all of it. Here’s to her future.” For tour dates and more information, please

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SUGGESTED TWEET: Total #ELLclipse of the Chart! @lindsayell’s debut album #TheProject debuts at No. 1!

Named one of The Huffington Post’s “Top Country Artists to Watch,” Lindsay Ell is a triple threat:  accomplished musician, unique vocalist and songwriter. The Calgary native learned to play guitar while traveling with her father to country-bluegrass camps as a young girl. Ell honed her craft as a musical stylist and songwriter after being discovered by BTO and The Guess Who’s Randy Bachman (“American Woman” / “Taking Care of Business”) who discovered her at the age of 13.  The multi-instrumentalist was soon touring alongside the likes of Luke Bryan, Buddy Guy, The Band Perry and Keith Urban, as well as wowing audiences as Carrie Underwood’s guitar player live on the “50th Annual CMA Awards” and holding her own alongside icon Melissa Etheridge on Skyville Live.

A 2016 CMT Music Award and Canadian Country Music Award nominee, Ell exhilarated audiences from coast-to-coast as part of the 2016 CMT Next Women of Country Tour and is featured on Brad Paisley’s 2017 WEEKEND WARRIOR WORLD TOUR. Ell’s debut albumThe Project released on August 11 and debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen Soundscan Current Country Albums Chart. For more information visit:

Snapchat: @LindsayEll


Show: The Today Show
Date: Wednesday, August 9
Time: 10 AM (all times zones)
Network: NBC

DETAILS: Lindsay Ell will make her morning television debut performing “Waiting On You” onNBC’s The Today Show. Tune in on Wednesday, August 9 at 10 AM (all time zones).

“Waiting On You,” co-written with Adam Hambrick and Andrew DeRoberts, serves at the lead single from Ell’s eagerly-awaited debut album The Project, due out on Friday, August 11.Taste of Country says the track shows Ell has “found her lane,” while lauds the song “showcases the best of Ell — her smoky, sultry vocals, her incredibly intricate and stellar guitar chops and her roots in the blues.”

Pre-order The Project HERE.

Fresh off a four-night run across the East Coast, Lindsay Ell continues to crisscross the U.S supporting Brad Paisley on his Weekend Warrior World Tour. For tour dates and more information, please visit: