Lindsay Ell to Release John Mayer-Inspired Album, “The Continuum Project,” on May 25

Lindsay Ell to Release John Mayer-Inspired Album, “The Continuum Project,” on May 25

When Sugarland’s Kristian Bush signed on in 2016 to produce Lindsay Ell’s debut album, The Project, he gave Lindsay a “homework” assignment: re-record your favorite album.

Lindsay’s favorite album? John Mayer’s 2006 album, Continuum, which spawned hits such as “Waiting on the World to Change” and “Say.”

“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,” says Lindsay. “Through it all, I remembered all the things I first loved about making music.”

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“I’m not sure she knew what kind of bootcamp I was going to put her in,” said Kristian to NCD. “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.’ 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.”

Lindsay will release her version of Mayer’s Continuum on May 25. Dubbed The Continuum Project, Lindsay also co-produced and co-engineered the album.

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Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter