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Youth from across the globe submitted more than a thousand questions in a live Face to Face event with Lindsey Stirling. Lindsey answered questions about finding self-worth, discovering faith, sharing your beliefs, overcoming challenges, and developing talents. To hear more of what Lindsey had to say, you can watch the full video of the event by visiting the Youth Activities website.
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Question: Your music is amazing while still being very clean and uplifting. Where did the inspiration come for that? —Justin L., New Mexico, USA
I just realized that God has directed me, He’s given me inspiration in the past, and He’s never just going to leave us alone once He gets us to a certain point.
Answer: “I draw inspiration from a lot of my life, and honestly a lot of my religious beliefs have stemmed into my music,” Lindsey said. “Every time before I go into the studio I say a prayer and I really ask God for inspiration.”
“When I started this last album that I released this summer I was absolutely terrified. … I remember feeling almost suffocated by how afraid I was that I might fail. And you know, I remember just praying before I went into the studio.”
“When I wrote the first song for the album that ended up being the first track on the album, I called it ‘Beyond the Veil.’ When I wrote that song and I heard it back for the first time, I had this overwhelming feeling. It was almost like I heard an inaudible voice say to me, ‘I didn’t lead you this far to let you fall.’ And there in the studio I almost started crying because I just realized that God has directed me, He’s given me inspiration in the past, and He’s never just going to leave us alone once He gets us to a certain point.”
Question: What things have you done to reconcile your artistic work with service in the Church (including your callings) and your goals to get married and have a family? —Paulo P., Brazil
Answer: “Balance. That is a tough one. If I knew the perfect answer then I think life would be perfect. But I think the best way to balance my career with my Church calling is basically just trying to live the gospel in whatever I do and whatever I’m doing,” she said.
“It’s really hard for me to hold a calling that’s consistent because I live oftentimes out of a suitcase and I’m usually in a different country every week. So it’s by publicly sharing who I am and not being preachy about it—not saying everything and hashtagging it with ‘Mormon,’ but just trying to live in a way that shows who I am whether I’m going to church in France or whether I’m gong to church in my home ward in L.A.”
I believe that God inspires us. I believe that He gives us gifts and talents and of course it’s up to us to develop them.
Question: You always seem to have a clear idea of what you want from your work, and watching you bring your vision to life is incredible. Does your relationship with God have any effect on the strength of your vision for your art and your work ethic? If so, how? —Jessie M., Canada
Answer: “I really feel like sometimes I’ll write these songs and I’ll just think, ‘You know that couldn’t have come from me alone.’ I believe that God inspires us. I believe that He gives us gifts and talents and it’s up to us to develop them and choose what we do with them,” Lindsey said.
“But you know He’s given us talents and gifts to share them, and that’s part of the reason I love doing what I do. I feel like when I’m on stage and when I’m performing—or I think when anybody is developing their talents and sharing it—I think you glow. I really do.”
“You’re representing the best side of yourself and the gifts that God has given you, and when I am in that moment I can almost feel the glow and I can see it in other people when they’re performing and doing what they love and doing it in a way that you know God would approve of it and He would be happy like it was His daughter or son. You can literally see the glow in other people or feel it in yourself, and that’s I think the best way to share who you are and what you believe in.”
Question: Which one of your songs means the most to you? —Cameron E.
Answer: “They’re all like my little babies. They’re like my children. I saw them born in the studio. But I would say one of the most meaningful ones is probably ‘Shatter Me.’ It’s one of the first times I wrote lyrics, and you know I wrote it based on one of the hardest things I’ve ever been through, and it means a lot when you get to share a piece of who you are through your music.”
Lindsey performed her songs “Crystallize” and “Shatter Me” at the event. She also performed “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” with special musical guests Lexi Walker (vocals) and Kendra Lowe (accompaniment and arrangement). To listen to these songs and to hear Lindsey answer more questions, watch the full video on the Youth Activities website.
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