Violinist Lindsey Stirling on new album

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Top violinist Lindsey Stirling says that writing and recording her new album ‘Brave Enough’ was therapeutic after a challenging year. Saskia O’Donoghue reports.

Violinist Lindsey Stirling on new album

Violinist Lindsey Stirling’s new album “Brave Enough” is all about overcoming adversity.

She wrote the record after a year which included a cancer diagnosis for her father and the death of her best friend, fellow musician Jason ‘Gavi’ Gaviati.

Stirling said writing about the experiences helped her learn more about love, loss and self.

SOUNDBITE (English) Lindsey Stirling, musician, saying:

“I couldn’t write about these things until I dealt with them. My music at first was just really sad and depressing as I started to go back and write again. And I was like, this is not helping me at all, to write in this way. And so I started dealing with the emotions, I went home, I spent time with my family, I did some therapy. And then it became a very therapeutic experience to write about these emotions.”

Since 2007, Stirling has been making a name for herself by upping her online presence.

In 2012 the single, “Crystallize,” from her debut album earned her the number eight spot among the top-viewed videos on YouTube.

In fact, Stirling’s YouTube channel has over 8 million subscribers and over one billion views.

The violinist is not satisfied though, and says she needs to carry on improving her work.

SOUNDBITE (English) Lindsey Stirling, musician, saying:

“Every album I’ve had a much bigger audience when I released each album. But also kind of when I wrote my first album I was just experimenting, I was just trying new things, expressing myself and kind of doing what came very naturally. And then as you progress you have to think, ok, I’ve already done that, what can I do to make it sound new and fresh. So you kind of have to leave your go-tos and your natural tendencies behind because you’ve already done that. So it’s kind of, you have to re-invent the wheel a little bit every time you make an album.”

“Brave Enough” is out now.

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