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Return to Lindsey Stirling Lindsey Stirling on YouTube Fame and Returning to Her Hometown


By Melissa FossumThu., Oct. 11 2012

Violinist Lindsey Stirling has a little something for everyone, primarily mixing classical and electronic music together. She became a YouTube sensation thanks to her innovative covers. She even wore elf ears in her Zelda suite. Her music videos are just as beautiful as her music, traveling to locales like New Zealand, Kenya, and just outside of her home in Utah.

Up on the Sun: You had a show moved from Martini Ranch to Marquee Theatre here. Have you played a headlining show in Phoenix before?

Lindsey Stirling: No, never. Pretty much everywhere I've been, this is my first time, yeah, this is my first time ever headlining. It's really exciting.

You have grown tremendously in popularity over the last few years. Would you say your videos are the primary reason for that?

I would say yes, definitely. I always joke -- seriously -- that all my success is the YouTube market. I tried so many different things to try to make it as a performer whether it was playing all over the place for free, just handing out resumes to talent agencies, and yet nothing really took until I started doing YouTube.

What was your big breakthrough song?

I would say it was one of my original songs, actually called "Crystallize."