Although she is escaping from prison throughout the video, Ell continues to showcase her flawless guitar skills and raw vocals. The 29-year-old's "Criminal" follows the success of "Waiting on You" and is the second single to come from the record.
Produced by Kristian Bush, "Criminal" was co-written by Ell, Fred Wilhelm, and Chris Stevens. According to Rolling Stone, the track is currently the No. 1 song on Canadian Country radio "making her the first solo female to claim the top spot since 2008."