“Reviewing Lindsey Stirling” guest Written by Jason Greiner
Every once in a while, an artist comes around that an appeal to a wide range of age groups crossing a number of generations. As one example, you can cite those mega fans of singer Jimmy Buffet who affectionately call themselves Parrot heads. Some might also consider bands such as the Rolling Stones, who have been touring for ages.
While it is extremely rare to find musicians that generate this response, it is even rarer to find one that not only crosses lines of generations but also cultural and social boundaries. Lindsey Stirling is one such artist.
Full disclosure – I am a really big Lindsey Stirling fan. But that being said, it would be hard for anyone to argue that she isn’t a very talented musician and entertainer. She got her start on YouTube, and then America’s Got Talent and is now commonly recognized as one of the most notable violinists in the world. But with all that being said, one of her most interesting qualities is the ability she has had to bring an incredibly diverse group of people together as fans.
Unfortunately, I have only had the opportunity to see her in concert once, and sadly it was at a less than suitable venue for her talent. But when I got there and was waiting in the mind-blowingly long line to enter the facility, I was reminded of the unique fanbase she has built.
In line you could see young and old but also a diverse ethnic crowd and those dressed in clothes you might expect to see at an orchestra show or symphony mixed with those rocking what some might call “hippy apparel” and Goth and Raver gear. It was like a humanity melting pot.
You might ask why she has such an eclectic fan base. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that she is quite eclectic herself.
First off, she plays a violin, a classical instrument which can appeal to a classical audience or fans of a more formal style. She often plays the electric violin and provides fans with an electro-pop vibe which in turn draws in fans from EDM and the rave scene. Her commitment to her faith draws in more conservative and family-friendly crowds. And the fact that she has worked with artists like Lzzy Hale from hard rock band Halestorm and the band Evanescence bring in rock fans and the Goth subculture.
All in all, she is a true talent with the added ability to bring people, often ones who might not otherwise associate with each other, together in a positive way.
Some of my favourite songs by Lindsey Stirling are “Shatter Me” with Lzzy Hale and “Roundtable Revival”.
“Shatter Me” By Lindsey Stirling and Lzzy Hale
“Roundtable Revival” By Lindsey Stirling
Jason Greiner is the author of several books and eBooks and has worked as a blogging and journalism professional. Also, he provides photography and graphic design services on a freelance basis. Greiner, who is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, now resides in Mebane, a small but rapidly expanding city in central North Carolina. He’s been a lifelong music lover and enjoys tracking down fresh talent and reviewing their works of art.