Lindsey Stirling: Hip-hop violinist who failed to impress TV judges is now one of YouTube"s most viewed video stars

Who needs America's Got Talent Hip-hop violinist who failed to impress TV judges is now one of YouTube's most viewed video stars

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16:13 GMT, 9 August 2012

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UPDATED:

19:47 GMT, 9 August 2012

A Utah student is taking the world's preconceived notions of traditional violin music, and giving it a substantial make-over.

In just one year, the self-proclaimed 'hip-hop violinist', Lindsey Stirling, has gone from a virtually unknown America's Got Talent contestant to a self made YouTube star, accumulating over 110million views on her dozen original songs.

The 25-year-old's dub-step video, Crystallize, has received more than 23million views in the past five
months, becoming the most-watched video in YouTube’s music category, and in just six days, her most recent video has seen more than 700,000 views.

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Violin violet: In just one year, Lindsey Stirling has gone from a virtually unknown America's Got Talent contestant to a self made YouTube star

Violin violet: In just one year, Lindsey Stirling has gone from a virtually unknown America's Got Talent contestant to a self made YouTube star

Despite
making the quarterfinals of the widely reached and successful show
America's Got Talent in 2010, she says her success remained unchanged
until she turned to YouTube a year later.

'YouTube did more for me than America’s Got Talent. I realized there’s something to this,' she told BYU magazine

Now, her YouTube channel, lindseystomp, has more than 650,000 subscribers, with millions of viewers going online to watch her leap and pirouette as she aggressively plays the
violin in breathtaking settings from New Zealand to Africa.

Tuning in: The 25-year-old's dub-step video, Crystallize, has received more than 23million views in the past five months, and in just six days, her most recent video has seen more than 700,000 views

Tuning in: The 25-year-old's dub-step video, Crystallize, has received more than 23million views in the past five months, and in just six days, her most recent video has seen more than 700,000 views

All-performing star: Millions of viewers watch her leap and pirouette while aggressively playing the violin in breathtaking settings from New Zealand to Africa

All-performing star: Millions of viewers watch her leap and pirouette while aggressively playing the violin in breathtaking settings from New Zealand to Africa

Super mover: America's own answer to super violinist Vanessa Mae; the Brigham Young University student began playing violin at just five years old

Super mover: America's own answer to super violinist Vanessa Mae; the Brigham Young University student began playing violin at just five years old

Super mover: America's own answer to super violinist Vanessa Mae; the Brigham Young University student began playing violin at just five years old

America's own answer to super violinist Vanessa Mae; the Brigham Young University student began playing violin at just five years old.

YouTube hit: The violinist credits YouTube for her success, which enabled her to grow a substantial following

YouTube hit: The violinist credits YouTube for her success

But because of financial constraints her parents were unable
afford full violin lessons; instead they tried to find a teacher who would give
her half
lessons.

Miss Sterling said: 'The teachers were like, “I'm sorry, but
a child isn't going to learn how to play … in 15 minutes a week.”'

An instructor eventually relented,
and the youngster's music instruction began. By the time she reached
high-school, she began to experiment with other
musical genres, and joined her first rock band, Stomp on Melvin, at 16.

She said: 'There
are very few things that I love more than being on stage and
performing, but more than anything, I want to be a positive role model
for teenage girls.

'Through
my unique style of playing, I want to prove that you don't have to
conform to be accepted. The greatest value comes from loving yourself
for who you are.

'A
lot of people have told me along the way that my style and the music I
do . . . is unmarketable. But the only reason I’m successful is because I
have stayed true to myself.'