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?!
On September 19, Stirling releases her self-titled debut album, coming on the heels of an incredibly successful presence on iTunes. Composed of 10 original tracks, the album will showcase Stirling's signature violin-electronic-dubstep style, opening with "Crystallize," her most popular piece. Stirling has already sold more than 300,000 songs, several of which have hit the iTunes Top 100 as well as the top of the digital electronic charts. Stirling also has plans for a follow-up album of covers, putting her unique twist on everything from existing video game themes to pop music.
Stirling 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 more than 102 million hits. (Viewership is enthusiastic, with the ice-themed "Crystallize" at 22 million, snow-scaped "Skyrim" at 8.6 million, and silhouette-performing "Shadows" at 7.5 million.)
Between her YouTube Channel, social media outlets, and strong word-of-mouth buzz, Stirling 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. Stirling's first headlining performance, at historic Webster Hall in New York, sold out in a matter of days. With her unique classical takes on such video franchise themes as "The Legend of Zelda" and "Skyrim," Stirling has also endeared herself to masses of gamers, who are among her most avid fans. She looks forward to her U.S. tour this fall, which will bring her talents to 24 of the largest entertainment centers of the country—from Los Angeles and San Francisco, to Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C.