The record debuted at #1 in the US and will be released just in time for C2C in March.
Following her long-awaited return to the UK last October, Lindsay Ell has confirmed a UK physical release for her critically acclaimed debut album The Project on 9 March 2018; led by the US hit single Waiting On You.
Comprised of 12 gripping, heart-on-her-sleeve tracks and produced by Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, the album is the musical calling card Ell’s been working toward her whole life – from her childhood in Calgary, Alberta; through her time opening shows for blues legend Buddy Guy; and even with attention-grabbing country singles Trippin’ On Us and By the Way.
“I feel like I’ve finally found myself,” Ell says about The Project. “I’m a better guitar player, I’m a better singer, I’m a better songwriter. I’m just a different artist, and I’ve never felt about music the way I do now.”
Grooving, diverse, and emotionally charged, it’s easy to hear what Ell means. The Project reveals every aspect of her abundant talent – from her fiery guitar prowess to her crisp, inviting vocals and even her new knack for vulnerable song craft.
It’s funky, bluesy, and full of pop-country sweetness, but also delicate and – at times – brutally honest, as Ell’s heart is placed front and center on each track. She embraces the anything-goes fun of country’s future but also holds fast to its traditions, focusing on real instruments and co-writing nine of The Project’s songs to create something both unique and self-assured. For the first time, Ell’s music feels 100 percent “Lindsay,” and part of the reason for that is the growing up she’s done over the past few years.
“I really believe everybody has their own story and their own path of brilliance ahead of them,” Ell explains, hinting at the her own winding journey. “It’s a song of not settling for things, careers, or even emotions that you’re having, just because they happen to you all the time. It’s about knowing you’re meant for something more special than that.”
With her long-awaited album debut, Lindsay Ell has discovered what she was meant for, and who she really is. Her next “project” will be to pass that message on.Ell is due to perform on various stages across the O2 Arena during C2C – including a set on the prestigious BBC Radio 2 stage, and a Satellite Stage performance in the main arena on 11 Sunday March – before heading out on the road for further UK tour dates.
This is where you can catch Lindsay in the UK in March:
10 March – C2C Festival, The O2, London
11 March – C2C Festival, The O2, London
13 March – O2 ABC 2, Glasgow (C2C Roadshow)
14 March – O2 Institute 3, Birmingham (C2C Roadshow)
15 March – The Ruby Lounge, Manchester (C2C Roadshow)