Lindsey Stirling (born September 21, 1986) is an American violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her YouTube channel, Lindseystomp, which she introduced in 2007. In 2010, Stirling was a quarter-finalist on the fifth season of “America's Got Talent,” where she was known as the “hip-hop violinist.”
At the age of 5, after being influenced by the classical music records played by her father, Stirling began to study the violin. She took private lessons for 12 years. When she was 16, she joined a rock band in Mesquite High School with four friends called Stomp on Melvin. As part of her experience with Stomp on Melvin, Stirling wrote a solo violin rock song, and her performance helped her to win the state title of Arizona's Junior Miss and claim the Spirit Award in the America's Junior Miss Finals competition. Stirling was also a member of Charlie Jenkins Band.
In 2010, at the age of 23, Stirling was a quarter-finalist on the fifth season of “America's Got Talent,” where she was described as a “hip-hop violinist.” Shortly after her performance on “America's Got Talent,” cinematographer Devin Graham contacted her in hopes of making a YouTube video together. They agreed to shoot a music video for her song, “Spontaneous Me.” The video boosted Stirling's popularity, and she began making music videos for her YouTube channel regularly.
Graham has filmed almost all of her videos, while Stirling often does backup camera work and assists with his music videos. Stirling's YouTube channel Lindseystomp, which she created in 2007 and named after her first band, “Stomp on Melvin,” is the main repository for her music videos. In 2011, the channel rapidly gained popularity and has over 250 million total views and over 1.9 million subscribers.
Stirling has experimented in combining violin playing with hip-hop and dubstep. Her collaborations with other musicians and singers have included Shaun Barrowes. Stirling's self-titled debut album was released in September 2012 in conjunction with a North American tour that same month. In December 2012, YouTube announced that Stirling's song, “Crystallize,” was the #8 top viewed video of 2012 with over 42 million views.