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Lindsay Ell Becomes American Citizen

"The past 11 years have been quite the journey. So many blood, sweat, and tears relocating to a place where I knew no one to start building a life."

Canadian country singer Lindsay Ell is officially an American.

Ell, who has been making country music in Nashville for years, was born in Canada and took the U.S. citizenship test earlier this year. This week, she got her paperwork in the mail and said she is "officially official."

"The past 11 years have been quite the journey," Ell said. "So many blood, sweat, and tears relocating to a place where I knew no one to start building a life. Funny that to the day, I signed my record deal 10 years ago. Let this be a reminder that you can do WHATEVER you want to in life if you want it badly enough. I am now proud to be a dual citizen. 🇺🇸 🇨🇦”

Ell said she was on the road with Little Big Town when she passed her citizenship test and that the quartet threw her an American party to celebrate. 

"Here's to the sweetest people in country music for making me feel so welcome on the road and in this country. ❤️" Ell wrote.

Members of Little Big Town quickly hopped into the comments to share their support. 

"Love you girl!!!" they wrote.

Kimberly Williams Paisley added: "Yay!!!! Congrats and welcome!! Now can you fix up the place a bit?? 😂❤️❤️"

Maren Morris and Jana Kramer also offered their congratulations. 

"Earlier this year on the road when I passed my citizenship test, @littlebigtown threw me an American party. Here's to the sweetest people in country music for making me feel so welcome on the road and in this country. ❤️," she explained in the caption.

However, another Canadian is getting ready to Ell on some of the biggest stages she's played. Ell will join Shania Twain's the Queen of Me World Tour, which launches April 28.

"I remember watching videos of Shania on stage and being like, I want to do that; I want to be her," she told PEOPLE. "And now, to be able to be direct support with her on tour, it's wild. It's so surreal speaking that sentence into existence."

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