Lindsey Stirling Biography
Lindsey Stirling (USA, born September 21, 1986) is a violinist, dancer, performance artist, singer and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos on her YouTube channel which she introduced in 2007. As of 2015, her Lindseystomp YouTube channel had about 7 million subscribers and over a billion total views. Stirling performs a variety of music styles, from classical to pop and hip-hop to the electronic dance music dubstep.
Childhood and Youth
Stirling was born in Santa Ana, California. She describes her childhood as being raised in a modest household and stated that she I would not trade her humble childhood years for anything else. From a young age, Stirling had a fascination for dance, and wanted to take both dancing and violin lessons. Her parents told her they could not afford both, and she chose violin. At the age of five, she began taking violin lessons but due to her family's financial limitations only had half lessons.
Living in Gilbert, Arizona, at age sixteen, Stirling attended Mesquite High School and joined four friends in a rock band called Stomp on Melvin. As part of her experience with the group, Stirling wrote a solo violin rock song, and her performance helped her to win the state title of Arizona's Junior Miss and claim the Spirit Award in the America's Junior Miss Finals competition. Stirling was also a member of Charley Jenkins Band for about a year.
Stirling originally attended Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah to study film making. She later served as a missionary in New York City for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). A story she wrote about her mission was later published in the compilation Do Not Attempt in Heels: Mission Stories and Advice from Sisters Who've Been There.
In 2009, at the age of 22, Stirling returned to Utah to continue studying at Brigham Young University.
In 2010, at the age of 23, Stirling was a quarter-finalist on season five of America's Got Talent, where she was described as a ‘hip hop violinist’. She impressed the judges on America's Got Talent, not only by mixing hip-hop and classical music on the violin, but by incorporating dancing with playing the violin. Stirling explained that it was very unnatural to dance while playing the violin. She had to practice hard to learn how to do it but then it was part of her expression and came naturally. Once she knew a song really well she can have fun dancing. However, judge Piers Morgan told her she were not untalented, but also not good enough to get away with flying through the air and trying to play the violin at the same time. Sharon Osbourne commented she would need to be in a group and what she was doing was not enough to fill a theater in Vegas. In her blog, Stirling confided that she was devastated at the results however, Stirling decided to continue to embrace her unique style of performance, promoting herself on the Internet. In a 2012 interview she remarked that a lot of people had told her that her style and her music were unmarketable. But according to her, the only reason for her success was that she stayed true to herself.
Shortly after her performance on America's Got Talent, cinematographer Devin Graham contacted her to make YouTube videos together. They filmed the music video for her song ‘Spontaneous Me’. The video boosted Stirling's popularity, and she began making music videos for her YouTube channel regularly. Graham has filmed almost all of her videos. For a short time she dated film maker Devin Graham who had attended the same university and church.
In December 2012, Stirling moved back to Arizona to be with her family.
In 2013, Stirling was featured by the LDS Church in its ‘I'm a Mormon’ campaign in which she spoke openly about how her faith helped in her battle during high school and college.
In 2013, Lady Gaga’s manager Troy Carter was impressed by Stirling’s rise in the media and entered a management contract with her. On June 21, Stirling received her first golden certification for her album, Lindsey Stirling, in Germany and in the next month, she earned golden certifications from Switzerland and Austria. On August 2, 2013, Billboard announced that Stirling's studio album had sold more than 158,000 copies in the United States and that she was the second best-selling artist on the Classical Crossover charts in 2013, behind Andrea Bocelli's album Passione. Since 2013, she won several awards.
In August 2015, Stirling graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreational Management. She now resides in Los Angeles.
In 2013, Stirling teamed with the non-profit Atlanta Music Project to help spread appreciation of music to underprivileged children who might not otherwise have the chance. For this, Stirling made available two limited edition Lindsey Stirling/ The Power of Music shirts. The money from the sale of the shirts went to the Atlanta Music Project with the goal of raising enough to provide music training for 50 children.
2014, Stirling joined the celebration of World Water Day, a day which encourages people to conserve water resources in an effort to make clean water accessible to all.
Stirling has publicly spoken about her battle with anorexia which is an eating disorder. She discovered her disorder while working for a treatment center for troubled girls. Stirling’s song ‘Shatter Me’ was actually her story of overcoming her eating disorder. The cover art of the album is a perfect-looking ballerina standing in the middle of a cracked glass globe.
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