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Mormon performer Lindsey Stirling in top YouTube videos of 2012

By Sarah Sanders Petersen

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Dec. 20 2012 11:00 a.m. MST

Lindsey Stirling went viral on YouTube with her modern updates to the violin and hip-hop themes.

Courtesy of Lindsey Stirling

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Gangnam Style, the Harvard baseball team and Felix Baumgartner's supersonic free-fall from 128,00 feet will all bring one made-up word to mind.

YouTube.

All three of these videos went viral this past year and are featured in YouTube's recent video, which highlights the most popular videos in 2012. But among Psy and Carly Raye Jeppson is a 26-year-old BYU student Lindsey Stirling, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Stirling came in at No. 8 this year in the top 11 most-popular videos of 2012 with her Dubstep Violin video, "Crystallize." The video was uploaded in February and has more than 39 million views.

Since then Stirling has done several other videos, including her most recent take on the classic Christmas carol, "What Child is This?"

Stirling has performed on "America's Got Talent" and will be on tour starting in January 2013. Stirling will perform across Europe and the United States, stopping in Salt Lake City on March 29, 2013.

Her violin and pop culture mix is not the only thing that sets Stirling apart. Her uplifting music that has contributed to her success.

"You know, I love to create really positive music," Stirling said in an interview with the Deseret News. "I like the vibe to be positive, I like it to be something with energy I love anything that makes me dance."

Sarah Sanders Petersen is an intern for Deseret News where she writes for Mormon Times and other feature articles. She is a communications major and editing minor from Brigham Young University.

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