I have a girl crush -- and her name is Lindsay Ell.
The absolutely adorable singer, songwriter and guitar whiz premiered a brand new video Monday (Feb. 24) on CMT and CMT.com. To gear up for the big moment, Ell and I spent some time catching up last week, and she told me all the details about the video for "Trippin' on Us," her debut single for Stoney Creek Records.
It was a first for Ell -- shooting her video in a $2 million mansion in Nashville's Belle Meade neighborhood. And it wasn't just any mansion, either. It was the one actress Connie Britton rented during the first season of ABC's Nashville.
Recalling the day as a "total blast," Ell added, "I wish I could film a music video every day for the rest of my life. ... I'm really proud of what we got."
She should be. But as you can probably imagine, filming a music video isn't all glitz and glamour, and this one wasn't without its challenges, either. With long hours of shooting on a set, first attempts at acting and getting all of those camera angles just right, it's not a cakewalk.
"It takes a 10, 12, 13, 14-hour day sometimes," she said. "You get there, and you're setting up, and the crew is pretty extensive. You have almost 20 people figuring out lights and angles and different cameras and behind the scenes and hair and makeup. It's definitely like a little army that puts these things together."
Fortunately for Ell, award-winning director Roman White -- the man responsible for bringing out the very best in Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Blake Shelton on camera -- was at the helm of this adventure.
"Roman is such a dream to work with," she said. "When the label first sent over the treatment that Roman wrote for the video, they were like, 'Now, Lindsay, don't freak out, but in the opening scene of the video, you're gonna be in a bedroom.' So I was like, 'Guys, I can't be in a bedroom in the first scene of my first music video! People are gonna think I'm crazy. They're gonna be like, 'Who is this chick?'
"But the first couple of hours on the set, Roman was so sweet. He came up to me and said, 'Girl, we're not gonna do anything you are uncomfortable with. We're just gonna make something really beautiful."'
And having a smokin' hot love interest doesn't hurt the "making it beautiful" process, either. That handsome man in the video is John King, and his arrival on the set was actually the first time Ell met him.
With a debut single getting plenty of attention on iTunes and country radio, a stamp of approval from blues legend Buddy Guy and now a video set to seal her destiny as one of country's hottest new female artists, this is just the beginning for Lindsay Ell.
Get ready for one heck of a ride, sister!