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If there was ever anyone to bring younger audiences to classical music, it will be Lindsey Stirling. A goddess among nerds, Stirling gives hope to all indie artists everywhere. Her debut independent album charted in the US billboards, topped the US dance chart and topped the US classical charts. She's the second person to top both charts with the same album (the first was Sarah Brightman). After the success of her album, Stirling embarked on a US and European tour. It's a footnote that Stirling appeared on America's Got Talent - she was voted out during the semi-finals and was told by the judges that she needs to join a band and she can't sell out shows (ha!). Through the show, however, she was contacted by the cinematographer Devin Graham who has gone on to work on nearly all of her videos. Her original dubstep composition, 'Crystallize', put her on the map by becoming a huge Youtube hit (it was the 8th most viewed video on Youtube in 2012) and her channel has accumulated over 200 million views since. Her success is achieved simply by being her nerdy but cool self. Her material ranges from classical, dub step, pop covers and probably most importantly, game music. She's the only classical crossover artist (and she's a lot more besides) that appeals to the Facebook generation due to her truly modernised violin, engaging with their interests (making music videos for computer games like Zelda, Skyrim and Assassin's Creed) and always keeping her sense of humour.