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VIDEO INTERVIEW - Lindsay Ell Returns Home

Calgarian plays Nashville North at the Calgary Stampede July 14th, 2022

Celebrity Interview by Jason Clevett (From July 2022 Online)
Lindsay Ell
Lindsay Ell
Lindsay Ell
Lindsay Ell
Lindsay Ell
Lindsay Ell
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It's been an eventful few years for Lindsay Ell. She released her incredible album Heart Theory in August of 2020 and hosted Canada’s Got Talent which starts filming season 2 soon. She’s been able to tour again as well, which brings her to Nashville North on the Stampede Grounds July 14th, 2022.

"We're so excited to be back coming back to the Stampede. I am a Calgarian born and raised. I remember growing up dreaming of playing Stampede.  We can come to Nashville North and play one of the venues that I remember dreaming of playing ever since I was little just feels so, so good. I cannot wait to come home."

We caught up with Ell from her home in Nashville to discuss her career, activism, and music. Adding TV host to her resume with CGT as well as co-hosting the Canadian Country Music Awards last year was an exciting new part of her career.

"Canada's Got Talent was such an incredible new chapter for me, I've always wanted to get involved in TV and it was just more looking for the right opportunity. It’s been amazing getting to learn from Howie Mandell, Lilly Singh, Trish Stratus and Kardinal Offishall, I've just loved working with all of them and, and we're getting ready to gear up for season two here in a few weeks."

Ell is an example of how with talent and hard work, someone can be successful in Country music as both a Canadian and a Female artist. She understands that many like contestants on the show are inspired by her career.

"I remember looking up to the artists and personalities that I did growing up, that torch is being passed a little bit, and I need to take on that responsibility. I don't take that lightly whatsoever. Anytime I walk on stage I know that I have to do not only the job I need to do on that stage, but to be able to be that next layer of inspiration and to inspire the next generation who are coming up, who are going to be the next artist and hosts and songwriters and musicians. I really wanna inspire people as much as Shania and Sheryl Crow and Bonnie Raitt and Joni Mitchell did me. And all of, all of these people have, um, to me ever since I was a little girl. When I hear fans coming up and telling me, Lindsay, you're the thing that has inspired me to start playing the guitar or to start writing songs, then I feel like I'm doing my job."

Her new single Right On Time is making waves on country radio.

"This song means so much to me. I wrote it shortly after I turned 30 specifically to anybody who has felt like they are falling behind in life or for whatever reason when they look to their left and right, they look to their coworkers, they look to their friends and families or even societal pressures on social media, and they feel like they may be falling behind. I wanted to write a song that reminded you, that you are exactly where you need to be in your life at the right time. You shouldn't necessarily compare yourself to other people because they are writing their own story and they're on their own trajectories on their own timelines.  You are on your timeline and that is perfect as it should be for you."

Ell has certainly had a good timeline. Discovered when she was 15 by Randy Bachman, Ell’s career has taken her around the world both as a headliner and opening act for icons like Sugarland, Keith Urban and Blake Shelton. She is warming up the crowd at Ontario’s Boots & Hearts festival this summer for Shania Twain.

"I'm just so grateful to be able to share the stage with, with some of my idols. Shania was my idol when I was a little girl, I used to stand in front of the mirror with a microphone dreaming of being Shania. The fact that I've gotten to meet her and get to know her and now open up for her and be direct support for her at Boots is insane. She was the coolest when I was growing up and she's still the coolest, it is really difficult for a female artist to say what you mean, be sexy, be courageous, be brave and ride that fine line so well. She does it so effortlessly and so beautifully still to this day," she said, before sharing some memories of other acts she’s worked with,

"It was in incredible to be out on the road with Blake. He has such a good sense of humor as you know from watching him on the TV. Gwen Stefani came out for most of the tour and watching the two of them, how they love each other is just so sweet. It's so endearing, it fills your heart so much. Touring with Keith getting to jam with Keith on stage, to sing a song on his Graffiti U album was for sure a pinch me moment."

Alberta has it’s a history of great country music artists like Terri Clark, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Paul Brandt, and Brett Kissel.

"I'm probably biased because I'm an Alberta girl, but I feel like we're the country music mecca of Canada. I remember my busiest stampede when I was my own agent and manager and everything. I booked 68 shows in 10 days. I was driving all around the city and playing so much. We're just such a culturally and musically diverse province, it's why there's so many amazing artists who come from Alberta because we're just surrounded by the arts"

Ell currently resides in Nashville, her home since she turned 21.

"I wave my Alberta flag prouder than I ever have I have a louder voice being down here, then I do sitting in Calgary. Everywhere I go, I'm like Alberta strong and Calgary proud."

Ell is also an activist. When she performed on Fox & Friends recently, she dedicated her performance to "every single woman fighting for their rights right now." Tennessee is a state that is banning abortion.

"It is definitely a difficult time to just be alive right now. There's so many issues that it's really hard to live in places like Tennessee.  In the south when, I feel how I do about women's rights. I'm a firm believer that we need to be who we are, and we need to show up as that, whatever that is and whatever that means. And I believe that love is love, and I believe that women should have autonomy of their bodies. If I can't stand on platforms like I did, (on Fox) and speak that truth I'm not being who I am. It is challenging to live in a state where there's a lot of craziness going on, but if anything, I do look at that as an opportunity for change and together with our, fellow allies try to make a difference when we need it more."

She is an ally to the LGBTQ community, members of which she counts among her loyal fans.

"The LGBTQ community has just been so lovely has been so lovely to me. If I can do anything to have a louder voice and share the fact that I am an ally and I wanna do whatever I can. Just celebrating pride month with all of my friends and on social media platforms was so amazing. I have so many friends who are part of the LGBTQ community that I just feel like I'm a part of it. I have felt so much love back, all I wanna do is continue to give love to the community. And, and, you know, if, if you guys ever have ideas on how I can do that better, I am all ears. Please reach out to me on social media and, and share opportunities, I wanna help to be a better ally, however I can."


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