Artist of the Week: Lindsey Stirling

Stirling, a new-genre musician, will perform at High Dive on Feb. 18.

By Autumn Barker

This week’s Artist of the Week is YouTube star Lindsey Stirling.  The California-born violinist will be performing at High Dive on Feb. 18 . The doors will open at 8 p.m., and the show is projected to start at 8:30 p.m. The opening acts have yet to be announced.

Lindsey has created a style all her own – combining classical violin, dubstep and modern dance, so it’s safe to say that her music can’t be defined by a single genre. Her style is unique and, according to her website, “a reflection of [her] personality.” A self-proclaimed “YouTube-trained” dancer, Stirling incorporates contemporary dance steps into her performances, as if playing the violin wasn’t challenging enough.

In 2010, Stirling was a quarter-finalist on America’s Got Talent, described as a “hip-hop violinist.” Her performances on the show gained her an audience, which has since multiplied significantly thanks to social media networks, such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. After developing a significant Internet following, Stirling began releasing singles on iTunes, and in September 2012, she released her self-titled, debut album consisting of 10 original tracks. In Fall 2012, Stirling also went on her first United States tour. She just completed her European 2013 tour and is currently in the midst of another US/Canada tour.

A woman of many talents, Stirling composes all her music, as well as choreographs and directs all of her videos . With over 1 million subscribers to her channel, her talent speaks for itself. Her most popular piece, “Crystallize,” has more than 45 million views, and one of her more recent pieces “Elements”  has already received more than 12 million views since being posted in September. Along with her originals, Stirling also posts covers of popular songs, like David Guetta and Rihanna’s “We Found Love.” She also covers video games themes like “Assassin’s Creed III”. Her success on YouTube has led to her collaboration with other YouTube sensations, like Tyler Ward, with whom she did a cover of Mackelmore’s “Thrift Shop.”

Stirling’s passion for performing can be seen in her videos and is conveyed in the upbeat sound of her original pieces. She’s taken classical violin to a new level and made it enjoyable for all demographics. Her audiences are constantly in awe of her, as documented by the reviews given in her video from her Fall 2012 US tour. One woman said, “She inspired me to be more than who I am.” Such a description seems fitting of such a unique and passionate performer.

For more information on the artist, visit:

Her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lindseystirlingmusic

Her Twitter account:https://twitter.com/LindseyStirling

Her YouTube channel:http://www.youtube.com/user/lindseystomp

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