Lindsay Ell Drops Heart-Wrenching Breakup Ballad, ‘I Don’t Love You’

“This is something that is really close to my heart,” she says.


Lauren Jo Black

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November 11, 2019


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Lindsay Ell; Photo Courtesy the Artist

Lindsay Ell is launching the “next chapter” of her career with “I Don’t Love You,” a breakup ballad that will have fans feeling all the feels.

Co-written by Adam Hambrick, Melissa Fuller and Neil Medley, the heartbreaking tune finds the singer sharing details about life after a breakup. The emotional lyrics find Ell explaining how she doesn’t want to do things she used to do “’cause they’re not as good without someone to share them with.”

And although she doesn’t love her ex anymore, she admits she still misses him “sometimes.”

Produced by Dan Huff, “I Don’t Love You” is painstakingly beautiful and is quite possibly Ell’s best vocal work to date.

Ell shared her excitement over the release of the song during a Facebook live on Monday morning (Nov. 11), telling fans that she was “so proud of this song” and that it is “something that is really close to my heart.”

“I Don’t Love You” is the lead single from Ell’s yet-to-be-announced sophomore album. Click below to listen.

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The just-released song comes on the heels of Lindsay Ell’s first chart-topping single in the U.S. (she’s already hit No.1 in her native of Canada), “What Happens in a Small Town,” a duet with Brantley Gilbert. The song reached the top of the charts this week and Ell couldn’t help but get a bit emotional over the news.

“I really feel like a lot of times in life, you plan out things that you want to happen,” the singer/songwriter said. “You set goals, you dream of things that you want to happen in your life. And they never end up happening how you thought they were going to originally, but it’s in that process that you really, one, learn how to appreciate every moment and every step and it always ends up better than you imagine it. I mean, it’s different than you imagine it, but it always ends up better in some way.”

Ell is currently nominated for CMA Musical Event of the Year alongside Gilbert for “What Happens In A Small Town.” She’s also scheduled to perform during the live broadcast, airing Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8/7c on ABC.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.