Not only is Lindsay Ellyn an inspiration for our closets -- check out her flowy frocks and deft blend of chic, yet playful patterns -- the musician, who recently relocated from Brooklyn to Nashville, is also a serious role model when it comes to merging talent and altruism. Between gigs, she spends her time helping humans and animals.
"I was always one to lend a hand whenever I could, but it wasn't until about two-and-a-half years ago that I made a decision to devote a significant chunk of my life to service work," recalled Lindsay, who works with shelters like Bonaparte's Retreat as well as the charity Musicians On Call. "I realized that, aside from music, that's what makes me most happy, and I personally believe it's our duty as people to serve each other."
She's particularly passionate about combating animal abuse. "It was Mahatma Gandhi who said, 'The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated,'" said Lindsay, who also embraces a vegetarian lifestyle. "We should be ashamed of the way we treat animals, overall, in this world. SeaWorld and circuses exist in 2014? Give me a break. Fighting for animal rights, and rescue and rehabilitation is so important to me because, although there is a huge effort out there, we still have a long way to go. Animals are far superior than we are, and they deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. It's all about education and informing people about animal welfare and care. As long as there are people out there who are ignorant to animals' feelings and needs, abuse and neglect will continue. It's an endless fight."
And whether on the ground or on stage, the singer/songwriter's wardrobe reflects her class-act status. Keep reading for more on her musical and wardrobe stylings.
My mom had a piano in the house growing up, so I started playing that when I was in elementary school. In high school I got a guitar, and always played and sang as a hobby growing up. It wasn't until much later, in 2008, that I started performing songs I had written in public. Once I started gigging in NYC and meeting other local musicians, things snowballed from there. I couldn't get enough of it.
The thing I love most about songwriting is the opportunity to share it with other people. There's something very special about being vulnerable and just putting yourself out there in that way. I've also met the best people through music, so I'm very thankful for the relationships I've made and continue to make.
Ladylike, comfortable and [affordable]. I live in dresses and rompers.
One that won't reveal how damn sweaty it can get up on stage. (Disgusting but true!) And I love color, so a bold printed dress is usually my go-to.
Catbird in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is my favorite little boutique. They have the best jewelry and truly unique gifts. I want everything in there, all the time. Cotten Music Center in Nashville is the best spot for new and used instruments. They have the most beautiful guitars, and the staff is the nicest people you'll ever meet.
I just finished up a tour, so now I'm sinking my teeth into the next project. I start recording my new single, "Raising Hell," this month and will be recording a new record shortly after. I'm also really looking forward to shows this summer and fall, including an opportunity to perform for our serviceman and servicewomen.