Lindsey Stirling remains fearless enough to always dream big. Since the release of her eponymous album in 2012, the violinist, dancer and electronic artist has quietly and humbly become one of the most innovative stars of the 21st century. His groundbreaking take on cinematic, electronic violin-driven music has earned him millions of adoring fans, Billboard charts topping, and billions of views on YouTube.
Stirling will be performing in Houston on Saturday July 24 for the “Artemis Tour” at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion at 7 pm. Tickets start at $ 49.50 and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com.
His music speaks for itself. Stirling’s second album, “Shatter Me,” reached # 1 on the Dance / Electronic Albums chart and held # 1 on the Classical Albums chart for 21 consecutive weeks. Her third studio album, “Brave Enough”, featured appearances by Dan + Shay, Christina Perri, Rivers Cuomo, Andrew McMahon and others, earning Stirling their second Billboard Music Award for “Top Dance / Electronic
She closed 2020 with her brand new live holiday special “Lindsey Stirling: Home for the Holidays”, which she independently created, produced and funded. The hour-long special, which has attracted over 100,000 views from tens of thousands of fans and families
worldwide, featured performances to seasonal favorites from Stirling’s chart-topping holiday album “Warmer In the Winter” in addition to the jaw-dropping performance from her hit single “Crystallize”, where Stirling hooked herself up by hair for a captivating air show inspired by Cirque du Soleil.
Additionally, Stirling co-wrote “The New York Times” bestselling “The Only Pirate at the Party” with her sister Brook S. Passey, was a season 25 finalist of “Dancing With the Stars” and is appeared on “America has talent”. The multi-hyphenated star is also currently helping families in need through her non-profit outreach program The Upside Fund.
“Not only am I thrilled to finally bring my Artemis tour to the United States, but I’m thrilled to be a part of the first wave of tours after the lockdown,” Stirling said. “People are so, so eager to connect, so as the world reopens I know it will be a magical moment that we will all remember for the rest of our lives. There is nowhere I would rather experience it than on stage with my fans.
Stirling told The Examiner in a phone interview that she “loved being able to entertain” and had found ways to be entertained since she was a child. “It was really tough when it was all taken out,” Stirling said of the pandemic.
This tour will feature songs from Stirling’s fifth album, “Artemis,” which also debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance / Electronic Albums chart and remained on the charts for a combined 15 weeks. Stirling also turned “Artemis” into a blockbuster comic book series.
“We were never able to bring the Artemis tour to the United States,” she said. “We did it in Europe, so we just reorganized it. Everyone had the chance to familiarize themselves with the album. The advantage of not being able to tour, I think it gives the album a chance to breathe before releasing it on the road.
According to Stirling, she was inspired to write her second album, “Shatter Me”, as she was emerging from a bout with anorexia. She used her third album, “Brave Enough”, as therapy to cope with grief as she was experiencing loss and decided to write a comic with her.
“The comic took me four times as long to complete as the album,” she said. “The clips on the album also follow the stories of all of these characters. It is completely different. “
The book tells the full story of the characters and the album shares the emotions and themes through music. As Stirling began to write the album, she searched for a name that meant “Lightbringer” or “Daughter of Light”, and came across “Artemis”.
Artemis the goddess of the hunt, the protector of fertility, and above all, the goddess of the moon.
“Sometimes I look up to the moon and am overwhelmed by his bravery,” she explained. “Every night, she fights the darkness alone; and even when she is only a faint and tiny glow, she still has the courage to shine. Something that I too feel as a faint glow covered in shadow – something that I think we have all experienced in one form or another. Darkness is part of life in the same way it is part of the lunar cycle. But, like the moon (and like Artemis), we all have the ability to shine in the midst of great darkness and eventually become whole again.
“I liked these themes so much that I wanted to tell my own story of Artemis.”
The 13-track album has amassed over 100 million total streams and includes the singles “Underground”, “Artemis”, “Sleepwalking”, “Between Twilight” and “The Upside” with singer Elle King as well as “Love Goes On and On ”which stars Evanescence’s Amy Lee.
“I started each song like it was going to be instrumental,” she said. “If the song needed more, then I would add lyrics. For ‘Love Goes On and On’, I immediately thought of Amy Lee. We toured together and I played on one of his albums. I have loved Amy since I
was 15 years old. I think it’s an epic and magical song.
Elle King, two-time Grammy nominee for hit song “Ex’s & Oh’s,” was another perfect choice for “The Upside,” another of Stirling’s masterpieces written about the sudden death of a friend. staff and fellow musician Jason Gaviati suffered from lymphoma in 2016.
Stirling recently released the single “Lose You Now”, which is a touching pop hit about loss and heartbreak with artist, producer and songwriter Mako. It comes from the only instrumental track, “Guardian”, by “Artemis”. Since its release, the song has racked up over 6 million streams worldwide, including over 3 million views on the song’s beautifully moving music video. The duo also recently released an acoustic version of
the song, reducing it to piano and full string accompaniment. Despite a pandemic slowdown, the number of Stirling music streams has been steadily increasing.
“I think I have a great connection with my loyal fans,” she said. “It’s really comfortable to feel that during the pandemic. I was also able to do Twitch and virtual performances as well as a Christmas special.
What’s next for Stirling?
“I’ve always thought the greatest gift was telling stories,” Stirling said. “I really want to get into screenwriting and storytelling in other mediums besides music.”
– Chad Cooper is the entertainment editor. Email to [email protected]