Coming from a family with deep musical roots, the Stoney Creek Records’ artist started playing piano and guitar at a very early age. "I learned how to play guitar traveling to country-bluegrass camps with my dad, and knew right from the beginning of my strong passion for country music." Her first full length country album, The Project debuted at No. 1 on the US Current Country Albums chart.
Starting on piano at six, guitar at eight and singing in her church youth group at 10 ("the most forgiving audience ever"), The 24-year-old Calgary native was discovered at 13 by BTO and The Guess Who's Randy Bachman. "Randy learned guitar from master jazz guitarist Lenny Breau, so I dove head-first into this world of blues, jazz and rock guitar – learning all these different solos, switching radio stations and trying to get an idea of where all those techniques come from. I was listening to Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Clapton, Derek Trucks and all those incredible guitar players.”
Because it is rare, she knows her six-string prowess is not the only focal point, but an accent to her vision as an artist. "There aren't a lot of girls who play electric lead guitar, and it can be a defining thing," she says. First and foremost, I want people to hear me and understand my voice as a country music recording artist. When they come see me, I'd love it if they were impressed at my guitar and piano playing. But by that point, hopefully they understand the artist behind it all has a lot of different sides to her music."
Straight off of a summer playing with Sugarland and a fall travelling around the country with Keith Urban, the Esplanade is proud to welcome Alberta’s own Lindsay Ell on November 2.
Lindsay Ell will be on the Esplanade Main Stage, Friday November 2, 2018 at 8:00PM.