Lindsey Stirling is one of the biggest artist development breakthrough stories in recent years. A classically trained violinist from Gilbert, AZ, Lindsey has entered a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, leaping through the music industry with over half a billion views on YouTube, Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide.
Lindsey's self-titled debut album featured twelve original tracks; including the viral smash "Crystallize," which has racked up over 111 million YouTube views. The album has sold over 474,000 copies in the US without the backing of a major label, and has gone platinum in Germany and gold in Poland and Switzerland. The album reached number one on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Chart and the Billboard Classical Album Chart and also peaked at #22 on the Billboard Top 200.
On April 29th, 2014 Lindsey released her new album Shatter Me, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, her highest charting album to date. The album features 12 new songs written by Lindsey and includes collaborations with lead singer Lzzy Hale from the Grammy winning band Halestorm and The Voice runner-up Dia Frampton of Meg & Dia. "I really dug deep and poured my heart into Shatter Me," said Lindsey. "Everything from the artwork to the music shares a cohesive message that I hope will inspire others to push their own boundaries."
It is hard to believe that Piers Morgan told Lindsey Stirling the world had no place for a dancing dubstep violinist. But being voted off 2010's "America's Got Talent" at the quarterfinals turned out to be the best thing that's ever happened to her. Rejection simply strengthened Stirling's resolve to be herself. "The same reasons I was told I wouldn't succeed are the reasons people travel hundreds of miles to see me now," she laughs. "Because it's different. Because it's something you haven't seen before..." Since the show, Lindsey has flourished as an artist.
Raised in a Mormon community in Arizona, Lindsey studied classical music rigorously as a teenager. Lindsey's love for the violin would not let go, and it became a comfort throughout her struggle with an eating disorder during her early adulthood. Through this passion, Lindsey has created a new music world where the romance of Celtic folk music and modern classical meet the infectious energy of dance and electronica.
On stage, Stirling moves with the grace of a ballerina but works the crowd into a frenzy, "dropping the beat" like a rave fairy. Stirling is the model of a modern independent recording artist, with a symbiotic relationship with her fans. She is famed for taking "requests" and has recorded unique versions of the themes from "Phantom Of The Opera" and "Game Of Thrones", the computer games "Zelda," "Pokemon," and "Skyrim," as well as pop songs by Michael Jackson and Rihanna; She uploads them all to Lindseystomp, a secondary YouTube channel packed with music videos and short comedy films, many featuring her alter-ego - a 'superfan' named Phelba.
A motivational speaker in her spare time, Stirling uses her own story to show teenagers that you've got to have confidence in the very thing that makes you unique - then wait for the world to catch up.