Lindsay Ell recently released her new EP Worth the Wait, and fans’ response to it has been overwhelmingly positive to say the least. The breakout country star tells Sounds Like Nashville that the album is a true reflection of her – and she couldn’t be happier about it.
“It feels so good to finally have music out that I feel is me and that I feel is my voice and there’s nothing like being able to sing songs that I really believe in on stage,” Ell gushes.
A big part of finding her voice came with the presence of fellow country star Kristian Bush as producer, who she says helped recharge her creative batteries and bring out the best side of her artistry.
“Working with Kristian Bush over the past eight months has just been life-changing,” she raves. “He’s like reinvigorated my whole passion and the reason why I got into the music industry in the first place.”
As for what makes him such an incredible producer, Ell says its his intuitive way of guiding an artist down the path he knows will be most successful for them creatively, like how he encouraged her to record one of her favorite albums, John Mayer’s Continuum, knowing the inspiration from the process would help spark her passion.
“Kristian just has this way of helping you discover yourself without telling you what to do, but like guiding you in the process,” she explains. “He kind of knew exactly what he was doing the whole time, but I had absolutely no idea and I like blindly walked down this road. By the time we’re at the end, he’s just laughing and smiling, knowing that we were going to get there anyways.”
Ell says the unique process opened her eyes to so many different elements of making music, such as creating sound and even impacting her already incredible guitar skills. “He just had so many techniques like that every step along the way that by the time we were recording the final EP, I really felt like it was me,” she says. “I really feel like when you finally find that voice as an artist, it just has a power that you can’t fake or you can’t try to put together it just happens, or it doesn’t happen, and I finally feel that it’s right.”
Ell will take the songs from Worth The Wait out on the road this summer with a slew of tour dates, including a stop in Nashville during the 2017 CMA Music Festival.