Lindsay Ell’s John Mayer-inspired album called The Continuum Project is set to release on May 25!
The country star started this project back when she was working on her debut album with Sugarland’s Kristian Bush. As a producer, he encouraged her to re-record her favorite album in order to learn more about songwriting and performing.
Lindsay chose John Mayer’s Continuum. She said of the assignment:
“Kristian gave me three rules: I needed to play all the instruments myself, I needed to record it alone in my studio, and I had two weeks. Through it all, I remembered all the things I first loved about making music.”
Kristian told Nash Country Daily that it was a pleasure watching Lindsay’s talent grow:
“I’m not sure she knew what kind of bootcamp I was going to put her in. I’ve been making records since I was 13, and this was her first. She has become a freaking superstar. I think one of the things we’re finding is no one knew how well she could sing because they were just looking at her guitar. They were like, ‘Oh, that must be the device we’re using to talk about Lindsay Ell.’”
Although Lindsay is an amazing guitar player, Kristian saw her all-around talent as a musician:
“I’m like, ‘I don’t know. Have you guys heard her sing? Like really sing.’ I didn’t get a lot of reaction until we started making recordings. Then I’m watching people’s eyes. They get bigger and bigger, and it looks like you’re looking at a cartoon character. And now the music. I told her, ‘You have to believe in the music you’re making. Otherwise, no one will believe you when they look at you or listen to you.’ She has done a fantastic job at stepping up to the plate and making and singing and interpreting.”