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Lindsey Stirling at DTE, 5 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Lindsey Stirling grew up an Evanescence fan during the early 2000s.

Now she’s on stage with Amy Lee and her current iteration of the band.

Stirling, 31, is a former “America’s Got Talent” finalist who has taken her violin into the worlds of electronic and heavy rock music. She’s released four albums during the past five years, including last year’s “Warmer In The Winter” holiday collection, has won a pair of Billboard Music Awards and has collaborated with a variety of artists, including Evanescence.

And she finished in second place on “Dancing With The Stars” last year.

Stirling has more projects in the pipeline, but she plans to enjoy her summer touring with Evanescence and playing in front of full orchestras with new arrangements of her songs...

• Stirling says touring with Evanescence is a big deal for her. “As a teenager I was a huge fan, and I never thought in my life I’d be working with Amy Lee, who inspired me a ton. So it’s in many ways a full circle moment; She’s part of the reason I’m a musician today. I first hear her when I was a teenager, before I even knew I wanted to be a musician. They let me know this is what I wanted to do. There are a lot of people who are like, ‘I never would have put you two together,’ but it makes so much sense. We both have this similar classical undertone to our music, and there’s actually a huge overlap of fans between us, so I think people are gonna love the show.”

• Stirling and Lee are “working on a couple of collaborative numbers” to perform during each of their sets -- including “Hi-Lo” from Evanescence’s 2017 album “Synthesis,” which Stirling co-wrote and performs on. “I wrote a song specifically thinking, ‘I Want Amy Lee to sing this.’ I sent it to her and she was on maternity leave and couldn’t do it, so it was really cool when years later she’s like, ‘Oh, I finally have the perfect song for you to play on.’ It was really cool to talk through it with her, and she told me, ‘I want you to do your thing.’ ‘Omigod, Amy Lee wants me to do MY thing on the song!’” It’s a real highlight for me.”

• Just as thrilling, however, is working with orchestras and orchestral arrangements of her songs. “It’s just really cool to hear your songs come to life in a whole new way you never knew they could be. It’s been years since I performed with a live orchestra, since I stopped doing classical music. I’m helping to arrange the orchestrations for my songs, which is something I’ve never done in that way before, so it’s really exciting.”

• Looking ahead, Stirling is working on a deluxe, expanded edition of the “Warmer In The Winter” holiday album for release later this year. “There are some new tracks, some bonus tracks, all that fun stuff. Two of the songs it might be my favorite songs, although I thought I’d exhausted all my favorite Christmas songs before. I did “I Wonder As I Wander,” the Celtic song; That melody is hauntingly beautiful and I just ended up loving it.”

• Stirling has also been composing a stage musical “for about a year now” that she plans to focus on after the summer tour. “I’ve always had it on my bucket list to write a musical. It’s just a whole new world for me. I’ve been learning a lot about how the theater world works. When you become a musician you have no idea how much business you need to know, and there’s a lot of business involved in the theater. So I’ve been to a lot of pitch meetings and it’s going really well. It’s not sold yet, so fingers crossed.”

If You Go:

• Lindsey Stirling and Evanescence

• 7 p.m. Monday, July 9.

• DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township.

• Tickets start at $25.

• Call 313-471-7000 or visit 313Presents.com.

Web Site: www.313Presents.com

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