The weather wasn’t perfect, but cloudy skies and a little rain didn’t deter Lindsay Ell as she spent 24 hours performing on Nashville’s Lower Broadway to celebrate the release of her new single, “By the Way.”
The weather failed to dampen her fans’ spirits either last week as they joined with Ell and several of her artist friends to raise thousands of dollars for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville.
Presented by CMT’s Next Women of Country, the “Busking on Broadway” event featured an array of special guests including Craig Campbell, Brooke Eden, Ashley Gearing, Lucie Silvas, Chuck Wicks and Charlie Worsham.
Ell will visit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital later this month to perform for and visit patients and officially present raised monies to the facility, a part of the Children’s Miracle Network of hospitals and a partner of CMT’s charitable arm, CMT One Country.
Named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, the 26-year-old 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 at age 13 by Randy Bachman, a member of Bachman Turner Overdrive and the Guess Who. Signed to Stoney Creek Records, Ell has already gained critical acclaim for her recordings of “Trippin’ on Us” and “Shut Me Up.”
CMT launched its Next Women of Country campaign in 2013 as a way to give more attention and airplay to emerging female country artists.
“I cannot thank everyone enough for their support in helping make this 24-hour concert a success,” Ell said. “I couldn’t have done it without the generosity of CMT, the Opry, all of my incredible guests and the overwhelming response of everyone who came down to Broadway to cheer us on or who watched on Periscope. We were able to raise thousands of dollars for the kids because of all of you.”.