First Avenue and Jam present LINDSEY STIRLING
YouTube sensation Lindsey Stirling is perhaps the first – and only – artist in the world to blend classical violin, modern dance, and…The Legend of Zelda?! In September 2012, Lindsey released her self-titled debut album, Lindsey Stirling, coming off the heels of an incredibly successful presence on iTunes. Comprised of 12 original tracks, the album showcases Lindsey’s signature violin-electronic-dubstep style – opening with “Crystallize,” her most popular piece. Lindsey’s album ranked #1 in the electronic charts for 6 weeks and continues to rank in the billboard top 100. Lindsey is currently touring the United States and Canada and is preparing for a European Tour in 2013.
Lindsey composes, choreographs, and directs all of her original music and videos — merging unique violin stylings and electronic dub-step beats with animated contemporary dance. Her wide array of videos are all available on her Lindseystomp YouTube channel, which rings in at more than 640,000 subscribers — and has tallied over 102 million hits. Between her YouTube Channel, social media outlets, and strong word-of-mouth buzz, Lindsey has gained legions of fans worldwide. She appeared as a finalist on America’s Got Talent, performed more recently at video game convention E3, and has played globally in such places as London, Italy, and Kenya. Lindsey’s first headlining performance at historic Webster Hall in New York City sold out in a matter of days. With her unique classical takes on such video franchise themes as “The Legend of Zelda” and “Skyrim”, Lindsey has also endeared herself to masses of gamers, who are among her most avid fans.
A classically-trained violinist, Lindsey’s love for music began with free community concerts and the sounds of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Mozart played daily in her home on an old record player. At age five she begged her parents for violin lessons. After a year of her incessant pleading, Lindsey’s mom found a teacher she could afford who would give her daughter 15-minute lessons every other week. She hoped that young Lindsey – now six – wouldn’t grow bored. She never did, and has played ever since. Young Lindsey’s passion for the violin was matched only by her love of dancing. Having to choose violin rather than dance lessons, Lindsey decided to train for the latter in a more unconventional way: YouTube videos. She studied footwork, practiced moves and techniques, and even taught herself to Moonwalk, becoming the world’s first unofficial YouTube-trained dancer.
In 2007, Lindsey decided that she wanted to be a guest on Ellen, the hit daytime talk show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. To get the attention of the show’s producers, she wrote violin parts to the Black-eyed Peas, incorporated dance, and recorded her first video for YouTube. The video didn’t result in a guest appearance — but did go viral online, garnering hundreds of thousands of views and a huge following of fans around the world. Soon, America’s Got Talent came calling, followed by an incredible You Tube career, and live performances spanning the globe – all a testament to Lindsey Stirling’s dazzling blend of violin, dance, and sprite-like personality. “But,” she explains, “my goal is still to get on Ellen!"