Country musician Lindsay Broughton has a clearer idea of what she wants for her second album, due for release in the fall on Curve Music. The first single, “Don’t Mix,” currently at radio, is a good indication, a big bright song that touches on something most people can’t put a finger on.
“You and me we just don’t add up/We’re like the rock without the roll/The stop without the go/And I wish it wasn’t so/But it is what it is/And, baby, we both know.”
“I feel everybody’s been in this situation where you’ve dated somebody or you’ve been on a blind date and there’s not anything wrong with the person, but you feel you just don’t mix,” Lindsay says. “I wanted the song to be fun and cater to males and females.”
While her 2014 debut album, Take Me There, earned her a prestigious Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards nomination for Rising Star in 2015, it was mostly culled from songs she’d written between 2008 and 2014. “It’s cool for me to listen back now because you can hear a lot of growth in the record,” she says.
Lindsay grew up in the small town of Brooklin, Ontario, less than an hour’s drive from Toronto. The close-knit community — where her mother and grandmother are also from and Lindsay still lives — had one public school and everybody knew everybody. While the place is rapidly changing, she says, “It’s where I belong; I’m not a city girl.”
Her mother was also a country music singer who played shows with a cover band. In Lindsay’s teens, she went through a phase of singing in a rock band, just so she wasn’t like her mom. She wrote poetry and joined the School Alliance of Student Songwriters (SASS), which performed at other schools and even hooked the teens up with established co-writers, including the legendary Dan Hill.
SASS sent Lindsay on her first trip to Nashville to meet with various members of the music industry and play them her original material. She was offered a writing deal with one of the most successful publishing companies in country music, but her parents wouldn’t allow her to sign because she was still in high school. “When I came back, I was all about country music and I quit the rock band,” Lindsay says.
She recorded some country songs and posted them on MySpace. In a matter of weeks, Curve Music’s Brian Hetherman messaged her. After checking him out with Dan Hill, she replied and met with him in Toronto. Brian brought in country music producer Joel Feeney (co-writer of LeAnn Rimes’ “Nothin’ ‘Bout Love Makes Sense”) and she signed with the label in 2008. Her first single, “Restless As The Rain,” landed in the top 40, and her two self-titled EPs in 2012 led to a win at the 2013 Country Music Awards of Ontario for Rising Star.
It was then time to get to work on her debut full-length, with Joel co-producing with Kevin Savigar (Rod Stewart, LeAnn Rimes) and featuring co-writes with Josh Osborne (Kenny Chesney, The Band Perry) and Trevor Rosen (Jake Owen, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban).
“Making the full-length record was such a cool experience and one of the hardest things was deleting songs that I didn’t want to be part of the record. It ended up 14 or 15 songs with bonus tracks,” says Lindsay. “Now, I’m writing from real life experience. It’s a completely different process. I’d like to have a theme on my next record, rather than a compilation.”
“And going forward, I have a better idea of what I want in terms of the live show because when I was making the first record, I didn’t think about what these songs would be like to play onstage every night and what type of show I’d be able to put together. I love the country pop-rock stuff and I used to be in a rock group and that’s what I love and makes me feel good. I’m just gonna do me.”