Dancing violinist Lindsey Stirling, who grew up in Gilbert and graduated from Mesquite High School, has debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s album chart with second album “Shatter Me,” with first-week sales of more than 56,000.
“The viral video sensation self-released the album on Lindseystomp Records, making “Shatter Me” the highest-charting independently distributed album on the Billboard 200 since Garth Brooks’ “Blame It All on My Roots.”
The music video for the title track, which features Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, has gained more 4 million YouTube views since being posted April 23, while the album’s first single, “Beyond the Veil,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Digital Songs chart.
In an interview last year with The Republic, Stirling talked about how she became the world’s premiere dancing violinist.
“I’ve always loved dance,” she said. “It’s such a beautiful art form. And it’s hard to connect with an audience when you’re playing violin because you can’t speak, you can’t point at someone with your hand, it’s hard even to smile. So I was thinking, ‘How can I make this fun? How can I perform and make this visually engaging?’ So I started working in these funny little dance moves. It started with just little hops and jumps and also learning to smile when I played. My ultimate goal was I wanted to dance and play, which was a seemingly impossible task at first.
“It’s so awkward, it took every bit of concentration. I would have to have the violin parts fully mastered and memorized. And then I would have to have the dance completely mastered and memorized. Then, I would practice them together in slow motion. So to learn one song would take me weeks. But it’s gotten to the point now where I can improvise, I can jump around, I can do it more freely.”
Stirling headlines Tempe’s Marquee Theatre Tuesday, May 27, with Dia Frampton opening. Tickets are $27; $25 in advance, at luckymanonline.com or 480-829-0607.
By Ed Masley