By: Romrik Joshua Flores, Moroni Channel
Bonifacio Global City Taguig, Philippines
Six years ago BYU Student, Lindsey Stirling, was onstage at the quarter finals of America’s Got Talent. She is a proud Mormon, she even told in her video introduction before her performance in American’s Got Talent that:
“A lot of people are really surprised to hear that I’m Mormon and I do hip-hop violin.”
She performed with full energy and with a smile on her face but then she was eliminated. One of the judge even told her that:
“There were times when it sounded to me like a bunch of rats being strangled,” Morgan said, looking at Stirling. “Seriously. That bad.”
Despite what Morgan told Lindsey six years ago, she became one of the most successful YouTuber and running 4th by Forbes Top 10 List of The World’s Highest-Paid YouTube Stars of 2015 having $6 million in earnings over the 12 months to June, and that her video Crystallize was the eighth-most watched video of 2012.
And then LAWeekly published an article yesterday saying that Lindsey Stirling is more popular than Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake.
“One could be forgiven for not predicting that six years later, Stirling would have 8.7 million YouTube subscribers (more than Lady Gaga or Justin Timberlake) and a best-selling memoir. Her most recent album, Shatter Me, was the No. 2 dance/electronic release of 2015 according to Billboard, bigger than albums by Calvin Harris and Skrillex & Diplo, as told by LAWeekly
For 18 months, Lindsey put aside her adoration of popular music and stylish clothing as she taught the restored gospel to the people of New York City. “This was a big sacrifice,” she said, “but it was so worth it . . . . I had to reach down inside myself and realize that there is more to me than my desires, my style, and my hobbies.” She continued, “God helped me discover a new side of myself,” as quoted by our friends from The LDS Living.