Musician Spotlight: Lindsey Stirling
When she was just twenty three years old, Lindsey Stirling made her debut appearance on the tv show America’s Got Talent. Known then as a hip-hop violinist, she managed to wow the crowd by playing the violin while dancing. However, the judges were unimpressed during the quarter final round. Despite this setback, Lindsey Stirling has found success through YouTube and live performances.
On YouTube, she makes music videos for her own songs and cover songs with the help of cinematographer David Graham. Then, she uploads them her own YouTube channel lindseystomp. Depending on the song and where the video is shot, the video may be beautiful, fun, or exotic. Sometimes, it can be all three. Last year, Lindsey Stirling got forty-two million views for her original dubstep violin song “Crystallize”. She also released her first album of original compositions entitled Lindsey Stirling.
With her covers, they have gone beyond her AGT title of “hip-hop violinist”. Sterling has covered songs ranging from “The Phantom of the Opera” from the musical Phantom of the Opera to “Fix You” by Coldplay. Combined together with a good music video, Lindsey Stirling is very entertaining. One particular video I enjoy is the “Lord of the Rings” medley video, where she not only plays violin in a lovely white dress, but sings a little too.
In addition to her music video covers, she also does surprise covers live. They are surprising because the people attending her concerts have no idea she is going to do them. It is a pleasant surprise to look up these performances on YouTube. One live cover I really enjoyed watching was Evanescence’s “My Immortal.”
“Crystallize” Music Video- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHjpOzsQ9YI
“Lord of the Rings Medley” Music Video- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQiNVk_u0po
Video- “My Immortal” (Evanescence Cover)