Exclusive Performance: Lindsay Ell’s “Eyes Off You”

Singer-Songwriter Reveals Her Biggest Influences to CMT Next Women of Country Live

If you’ve seen Lindsay Ell in concert, you know: She’s the real deal.

She’s a formidable singer and keyboardist, but take one listen her shredding a guitar solos and try not to let your jaw hit the floor.

The Canadian-born musician has had her hands on an instrument for as long as she can remember. She began playing piano at age 6 but admitted it was much more fun to play the songs of another Canadian country singer on her guitar. And that singer would be Shania Twain.

Ell’s extensive musical background is diverse. She grew up playing Chet Atkins’ guitar style and attending bluegrass camps with her father.

“I would be this tiny little blonde girl following him and his friends,” she told CMT.

Then she got a taste of the blues and turned her attention to guitar masters like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and Derek Trucks to name a few. Combine those strong influence with that of songwriting heroes like Carole King, John Mayer and Keith Urban and you’ve got Lindsay’s unique sound and style with warm, beautiful vocals and personal yet completely relatable lyrics.

She can do it all.

For Ell, her guitar is “another limb.” It brought her to Nashville where she fell in love with the creative community and found a home. Check out her keyboard chops on her performance of “Eyes Off You” for CMT Next Women of Country Live.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.