Lindsey Stirling, a classically trained violinist from Gilbert, AZ, was raised in a Mormon community where she studied classical music rigorously as a teenager. Lindsey’s love for the violin would not let go, and it became a comfort throughout her struggle with an eating disorder during her early adulthood. Through this passion, she created a new music world where the romance of Celtic folk music and modern classical meet the infectious energy of dance and electronica.
On stage, Stirling moves with the grace of a ballerina but works the crowd into a frenzy, "dropping the beat" like a rave fairy. Stirling is the model of a modern independent recording artist, with a symbiotic relationship with her fans. She is famed for taking "requests" and has recorded unique versions of the themes from "Phantom Of The Opera" and "Game Of Thrones", the computer games "Zelda," "Pokemon," and "Skyrim," as well as pop songs by Michael Jackson and Rihanna; She uploads them all to LindseyTime, a secondary YouTube channel packed with music videos and short comedy films, many featuring her alter-ego - a ‘superfan’ named Phelba.
Lindsey’s self-titled debut album "Lindsey Stirling" (released September 18th, 2012 on Lindseystomp Records) featured twelve original tracks; including the viral smash "Crystallize," which has racked up over 96 million YouTube views. The album reached number one on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Chart and the Billboard Classical Album Chart and also peaked at #23 on the Billboard Top 200. On April 29, 2014, Lindsey released her new album "Shatter Me".
It is hard to believe that Piers Morgan told Lindsey Stirling the world had no place for a dancing dubstep violinist. But being voted off 2010’s America’s Got Talent at the quarterfinals turned out to be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. Rejection simply strengthened Stirling’s resolve to be herself. "The same reasons I was told I wouldn’t succeed are the reasons people travel hundreds of miles to see me now," she laughs. "Because it’s different. Because it’s something you haven’t seen before..."
It was her experience with America’s Got Talent that inspired her to start composing. As a motivational speaker in her spare time, Stirling uses her own story to show teenagers that you’ve got to have confidence in the very thing that makes you unique – then wait for the world to catch up. “We give more liberties to other people than we do to ourselves,” she says. “We put labels on ourselves, but we love seeing people who just don’t care about what others think. The challenge is to love yourself for who you are, be your best self, and to encourage others to do the same.” [from Lindsey Stirling biography]
Dia Frampton began with a dream: the dream to make music – music that touches the heart and mind. Music that is inspirational and intimate for everyone. On the first season of NBC's hit television series The Voice, millions of viewers fell in love with Dia’s mesmerizing vocals, unique interpretations of popular songs, and inimitable style. “I was surprised at how far I went,” reveals Dia. “The Voice has pushed everything into a whole new realm.” Her performances of Kanye West’s "Heartless" and R.E.M.’s "Losing My Religion" as well as the original track, "Inventing Shadows" caught fire online. They proved to be the highest-charting iTunes digital songs from any contestant on The Voice. "Inventing Shadows" even reached #1 on iTunes as well as #20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Cumulatively, her solo digital releases exceeded 500,000 downloads.
Upon finishing the show, Universal Republic Records signed Dia, and released her solo debut entitled "Red" on December 6th, 2011. Preserving her indie roots, she’s telling honest stories via every new song that she writes, while channeling an undeniable, upbeat vibe. As a result of that process, she makes inspirational, intimate, and infectious music that draws from indie, pop, and rock influenced by everyone from Tom Petty and Joni Mitchell to The Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons.
Dia declares, "I want to bring it back to the classic singer-songwriter style. It can be magical without all of the bells and whistles." [from Dia Frampton biography]
Monday, June 9th, 2014
Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
502 North New Jersey Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204