Lauded as “one of the most exciting and talented young artists in country music” (Forbes), 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. In the last year alone, the 2019 ACM New Female Artist of the Year nominee exhilarated audiences as part of Brad Paisley’s Weekend Warrior World Tour, Sugarland’s Still The Same Tour and Keith Urban’s Graffiti U World Tour. Ell’s first full-length album The Project debuted at No. 1 on the Country Album Sales Chart and was named Billboard’s “Best Country Album of 2017.” Her single “Criminal” was the Most Added song at Country radio upon impact and became her first-ever Top 20 hit in the U.S., in addition to becoming her first No. 1 single on the Canadian Country Radio Charts.
We caught up with Lindsay for the latest in our ‘My London’ series.
Soho – Walking around Soho is always one of my favourite neighbourhoods to hang out in. From boutique hotels to classic old pubs, to contemporary shops, Soho has something to please everyone. If I’m feeling like a theatre goer or a night life jazz club seeker I know I won’t be disappointed walking around Soho.
Favourite place for brunch:
The Vincent – One of the best brunches I’ve ever had, this Mediterranean style menu has everything from sweet potato fritters to grilled halloumi, chicken and waffles to cheeseburgers to truly please anyone. And don’t forget their bottomless mimosas!
Best coffee in London:
Ozone Coffee on Leonard Street – On top of their incredible coffee, Ozone has such a quaint atmosphere, is dog friendly and have vegan/vegetarian dishes on their menu. With a modern but rustic interior I can easily spend hours in this coffee shop on any given day. And not to mention they also sell several of their own in-house roasted beans.
Best gallery or museum:
British Museum – The reading room inside the British Museum is one of the coolest spaces to hang out in, as well as the incredibly beautiful ceiling of the Great Court. I get so inspired walking around the British Museum just taking it all in.
Tell us a secret:
London shows are some of my favourite to ever play…because the fans are like no other fans in the world. They can sing all the words to all of my songs, even the brand new ones. Coming to London always feels like a vacation to me!
Favourite place to shop:
Covent Garden – I always love walking around Covent Garden. From the street performers to all of the really good restaurants, Covent Garden feels like a market and a shopping centere in one!
Favourite place to find inspiration:
The Sky Garden is one of the coolest views I have seen. The incredible windows give you such an amazing view of London – night or day this view is so inspiring.
Best London destination for a date:
Get on the Emirates air line cable car and glide across the Thames. It helps you get in between Greenwich and the Royal Docks. Gives you beautiful views of the Thames and the O2 arena, bringing back such fond memories of playing C2C there.
Victoria Park – I love going for a run in Victoria Park. It’s so quiet and quaint, and has this endearing quality to it you can’t find many places within a metropolis such as London, with the beautiful ponds and clean walking paths.
Favourite food market:
Camden Market – You can always expect to find something interesting at Camden. So many great places to eat and original craftsman creating things that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Whenever I’m looking for a unique present, I head to Camden market!
Your sanctuary in the city:
Leadenhall Market – Every time I walk into Leadenhall Market I am amazed by its beauty. The colourful ornate architecture, bright windows and vast ceilings are captivating. Also, being a Harry Potter fan, I love seeing the ‘Diagon Alley’ set. 🙂
What inspires you?
The ability to travel the world and see people living their lives in different cities all over is what inspires me. It makes the world feel so small and helps put everything into perspective a lot of times. I love learning new things about new places, checking out areas of cities and neighbourhoods I haven’t yet seen. There’s a silver lining to curiosity for me in the sheer anticipation of stumbling along something brilliant.
This season I’m loving:
Christmas markets, music, and decorations all over is definitely putting me in the Christmas spirit. I love Christmas lights. They just have a way of warming your heart in ways you can’t really explain.