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Lindsey Stirling fought off jitters to make sophomore album

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Lindsey Stirling didn't exactly go into her sophomore album with confidence.

She had every reason to, of course. The violinist/songwriter's self-titled debut spent 37 nonconsecutive weeks atop Billboard's Classical Crossover Albums chart, a pair at No. 1 on the Dance/Electronic chart and sold an impressive 321,000 copies. But follow-up pressure almost got the best of her on the new "Shatter Me."

"The first album did way better than I ever expected it to," explains Stirling, 27, "and in a way it felt like it was impossible for me to live up to what that album did. I tallied it up one day, which I probably shouldn't have, and the songs from that album have almost 300 million views on YouTube.

"How can I possibly live up to it? What if I fail? I really was scared. I felt almost suffocated, so scared to step into the studio again and write."

Stirling pulled through the panic, however, and all's well that ends well. "Shatter Me" debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on three other charts. And its title track, which features Halestorm's Lzzy [cq] Hale, topped the Classical charts and hit No. 10 on the Dance/Electronic Digital survey.

"I was looking for a singer who's just a powerhouse singer...a woman who can belt out those power ballads," Stirling -- who also worked with "The Voice's" Dia Frampton on another track -- says of the collaboration with Hale. "I started to dig into (Halestorm) videos and thought, 'Wow, this girl is powerful,' almost a perfect mix between a little bit of (Evanescence's) Amy Lee's style and the power of Hayley Williams from Paramore.

"So I reached out to (Halestorm's) management) and immediately they responded; it was funny, because Lzzy had never heard of me and I'd never heard of Lzzy, but we immediately became fans of each other's music and respectful of each other. We have similar stories, and now absolutely love Lzzy. She's one of my favorite people in the world."

Lindsey Stirling and Dia Frampton perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at the Detroit Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35. CAll 313-831-7100 or visit www.detroitmasonic.com or www.thecrofoot.com.

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