Canadian native, Lindsay Ell, has been lauded by Forbes magazine as “one of the most exciting and talented young artists in Country music.” Ell’s major success can be attributed to her dedicated international audience. She has performed at the C2C Festival, at the CMA’s “Introducing Nashville” series in Europe and Asia (playing eight countries in 32 days).
Lindsay Ell has shared the stage with superstars Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa Etheridge and so many more legends. She has made numerous CMA Award stage appearances while playing alongside Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town. She is a 2x 2020 ACM nominee for New Female Artist of the Year and Music Event of the Year. Her first No. 1 hit was hers and Brantley Gilbert's duet, “What Happens in a Small Town.” Ell was the first Canadian woman to reach the top of the charts since Terri Clark in 2003 with, “I Just Wanna Be Mad.”
Ell’s newest album, heart theory, released on August 14th, is a concept album that travels through the stages of grief. The 12 track album goes through the journey of shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, testing and acceptance. She says, “Theory is the science of music, heart theory is the science of a heart. The lead single, “want me back” was co-written with Kane Brown.
Ell publicly addressed -for the first time- that she is a survivor of sexual assault. The deeply personal song, “make you” reveals her struggles in life after being raped as a 13-year-old. As the 11th track on the album, it represents the acceptance stage of grief. “I hope this roadmap can be a comfort if you need it, reassurance when you need to remember to believe in yourself or maybe just a glimpse into a memory that’s made you who you are” says Ell. This song represents her determination to use her platform to help other sexual trauma survivors.
“Artists are always scared of the infamous sophomore album, but I’m so excited. I’ve done the work, I’ve found the right team, and I’m coming at it from a place of more strength and more honesty. I’m ready to do this, so bring it on” declares Ell.
Lindsay Ell will be live for 24 hours straight beginning August 13th at 12am ET on Instagram. Follow along at @lindsayell. Stream Lindsay Ell’s new album, heart theory, on all music platforms here.
If you or a loved one are a victim of sexual assault, call 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.