Lindsay Ell, 2014.

Lindsay Ell

Jessica Wardwell

From hearing her debut single, "Trippin' On Us," on the airwaves to sharing the stage with the Band Perry and Keith Urban, 2014 has been one incredible moment after another for Canada-born songstress Linsday Ell.

"Any time I think about it all, it seems like such a whirlwind," Ell tells Billboard. "Getting to share the stage with Keith was a dream come true. It's definitely something I've been waiting to do for a long time. I was playing at the Calgary Stampede Rodeo, and he was playing the next night. As it turned out, he called me a few hours before his show, and asked if I wanted to go out on stage with him."

Needless to say, it was a question that Ell -- who has been described as a "female Keith Urban" -- didn't have to ponder long. "It took me about three seconds to say, 'Umm... Yes. I would be absolutely honored.' I just have so much respect for him as an artist, a songwriter, and a guitar player. And he's such a great guy. It was a wonderful moment." 

"I also went out with the Band Perry, which was great. It was my first time in Europe," Ell says. "We did 20 shows in eight different countries in 30 days. The three of them are so amazing. They took me in as a member of their family, and I learned so much from them and how hard they work. And I got to make my debut on the Grand Ole Opry, so it's been an unforgettable year, for sure." 

With her follow-up single, "Shut Me Up," out on Stoney Creek Records now, Ell looks forward to building her profile in the States. "I know there are a lot of people here that don't know who I am, so I try to make sure that first impression is right. It's very important to me. I'm a huge social media fanatic, and spend a lot of time there to have that one-on-one connection, so they know I'm an actual human being. People have responded amazingly well."

She's also been able to showcase her athletic skills in events like a CMA-related softball game in June, or last week's Music Row Ladies' Golf Tournament.

Ell loves the challenge of going where she's never been before. "I don't say no to many things. If it was rock climbing, I might find a way to muster the courage up to do it. It was so much fun to do the softball game during the CMA Music Festival, and such a great cause with the City of Hope. We also did some bowling during the festival. I love when fans get to see another side of you and your personality. I may not be as great at it, but it's a lot of fun. Maybe if I played holding a guitar, then it would be great."