LINDI ORTEGA

(Canada/ON)

Lindi Ortega is a Canadian country singer-songwriter from Toronto, Ontario who now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Her voice has been alternately  described as a blend of Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris, as well as Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn.

Andrew Leahey, country music writer for Rolling Stone, asked what had inspired her latest album, Faded Gloryville, which came out in August 2015:

Andrew Leahey, country music writer for Rolling Stone, asked what had inspired her latest album, Faded Gloryville, which came out in August 2015:

“It’s about how much faith you need to put into whatever you’re doing, and how hard it is to keep that faith,” Ortega said of her follow-up to 2013’s Tin Star, which earned three nominations (and one win) from the Canadian Country Music Awards. “Everyone starts off in this business with huge dreams. Years later, after being signed to a major label, then getting dropped, then getting signed to an indie label, I realized that the dreams I had at the beginning were a bit naive […] You realize just how much you have to sacrifice to make those dreams work, and you need to re-assess what you’re doing. Do you stop there, or do you move on?”

The UK journal The Guardian, gave the new album a four-star review: “She gives every syllable meaning and emotional heft. Faded Gloryville is steeped in mid-20th century southern Americana.”