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Lindsey Stirling Opens Up about Her Life to Television Personality Larry King

Lindsey Stirling has recorded hit albums, won prestigious awards, written a best-selling book, earned a spot on the Forbes Top-Earning YouTube Stars list and continues to inspire through her groundbreaking music videos. In 2013, Stirling spent some time as a guest artist for the Pioneer Day concerts with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, performing her popular song “Elements,” among others.

In an interview that took place during the concert run, Stirling was asked if she had ever considered that she might one day become one of the artists featured with the Choir in the 21,000-seat Conference Center. She answered, “I have to say I’m a big dreamer and I remember just hearing them and feeling the power; they’re so incredible. [I remember] just thinking, ‘To be able to play with them would be absolutely incredible as a musician.’ I never thought it would actually happen though, even though it was like a little wish list. … I couldn’t be more excited!”

Stirling was recently interviewed by Larry King on his Hulu show Larry King Now. Watch the full interview here. In discussing the title of her new book (co-written by her sister Brooke Passey), The Only Pirate at the Party, Stirling recounted its origin, saying, “When I first moved to L.A., I went to this party and it was a Peter Pan theme party. I had just done a pirate-themed music video so of course I’m like, ‘I have the perfect costume,’ and I showed up in this full pirate getup and walk in and I was the only person in costume.” Stirling gets the last laugh, as her book just reached the top 10 on the New York Times best-seller list.

When King asked her what helped her ultimately make it in the industry, Stirling replied, “Honestly, this great machine called YouTube.” She added, “The great thing about YouTube is that … there’s no gatekeepers. No one’s waiting to tell you if you’re good enough or not, it’s just your audience.”

King also asked Stirling and her sister about being members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and said, “I know a lot of Mormons get into music,” to which Stirling answered, “A lot of us are raised, you know, singing songs in Primary, and it’s a part of kind of the culture of the Church a little bit.”

Watch Stirling’s videos from the Pioneer Day concert or the entire concert below. 

For more information, check out Lindsey Stirling’s guest artist page on our website.