Stirling finds her 'niche,' becomes star
After being voted off "America's Got Talent" in 2010, Lindsey Stirling felt like quitting her quest to be a big-name violinist and performer.
"I was so mortified from the experience of not just being told I was not going to continue, but embarrassed by the way it happened, the rejection," Stirling said. "It took walking through the process, 'This isn't the end of the road, there's more for you, just push through.' It was almost like a spirit or God talking with you.
"I needed to listen, 'What do I want? What am I willing to fight for?' Gladly, I had that inner voice."
Well, we're happy Stirling persevered and became a certifiable (gold-record) star. Stirling is touring now, playing music from her "Artemis" album, which inspired her own comic book series, and playing Moda Center on Monday, Sept. 6.
Recently, she appeared on "America's Got Talent" to play her music. Big-name performers don't often play the "told-you-so" card, but it felt good to be performing on the "AGT" stage.
"It's always nice to go back, it's a place that brings back memories about when you're starting your career with uncertainty and nerves," she said. "It's almost like a meter stick, so I can see my progression."
Stirling, 34, has become known for her unique, futuristic, violin-driven electronic music live show. Since her 2012 self-titled debut, she has racked up 3 billion views on YouTube. Her second album, "Shatter Me," reached gold-record status after debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 on the Dance/Electronic Albums Chart and holding the No. 1 on the Classical Albums Chart for 21 consecutive weeks. Her third album, "Brave Enough" featured many collaborations.
She stayed busy during the down days of the COVID-19 pandemic by creating, producing and financing her own online holiday special, "Lindsey Stirling: Home for the Holidays," featuring music from her holiday album "Warmer In The Winter." She also performed "Crystallize," in which she hung by her hair — literally — in a performance inspired by a Cirque du Soleil aerial display.
She'll be re-releasing the holiday special online this year.
She's also recently helped develop a Facebook Live Audio Room show with guests Derek Hough, David Archuleta, Amanda Kloots, Matthew Hussey and more.
(Oh, in the past, along with her comic books, she has also penned a book with her sister, Brook S. Passey, "The Only Pirate at the Party," and performed on season 25 of "Dancing With The Stars").
Sometimes, she'll take a step back and relive how she went from "rejection" on "America's Got Talent" at age 23 to star violinist.
"It's easiest to have those moments when I'm on stage, and I look out at the audience, and they're excited to see you and having a good time," she said.
It feels great to be back on the road, she says. "We're like a family," Stirling said, of dancers and crew. "We cried after our first show. You can feel it in the audience, too. Great synergy and energy and connection."
All the while, we're watching a young woman become a pop star playing a violin and putting on terrific stage shows.
"I planned to be a classical musician," Stirling said. "It was a process to get to the point where, 'Oh wow, I could be creative.' Part of it was I lost the passion (to play), and I needed to be creative with it. It's been very, very niche, and it's been kind of fun to carve out my own space."
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.