The Project reveals every aspect of her abundant talent – from her fiery guitar prowess to her crisp, inviting vocals ... It’s funky, bluesy, and full of pop-country sweetness, but also delicate and – at times – brutally honest, as Ell’s heart is placed front and center on each track.
She embraces the anything-goes fun of country’s future but also holds fast to its traditions, focusing on real instruments and co-writing nine of The Project’s songs to create something both unique and self-assured.
“It’s so scary for things to work out,” she says with a nervous laugh.
Meanwhile, “Wildfire” burns with the same passionate intensity Ell displays onstage, “Space” takes a vocally-stunning look at long-distance relationships – whether physical or emotional – and “White Noise” explores the glazed over, hallow feeling of a bad breakup.
That powerful track was written by hit makers Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, and Josh Kear.
“I’m a better guitar player, I’m a better singer, I’m a better songwriter.
I’m just a different artist, and I’ve never felt about music the way I do now.” Grooving, diverse, and emotionally charged, it’s easy to hear what Ell means.