Lindsey Stirling was born in Orange County, California on September 21, 1986. Lindsey grew up in Gilbert, Arizona. She later moved a third time to Provo, Utah to major in Recreational therapy at Bringham Young University. She lost interest in college, moved to New York City to become a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She returned to studying Recreational Therapy at Bringham Young University, but it's not known if she ever completed classes. By 2012, she was back in Gilbert, Arizona. Combining dance with violin playing, she played hip hop tunes on the violin and mixed it with standard classical music. Her off beat approach to violin playing made her a quarter finalist on the fifth season of the reality television talent competition game show America's Got Talent in 2010.
America's Got Talent judge at the time Piers Morgan said, "You're not untalented, but you're not good enough to get away with flying through the air and trying to play the violin at the same time."
America's Got Talent judge at the time Sharon Osborne said, "You need to be in a group. ... What you're doing is not enough to fill a theater in Vegas."
And even though Lindsey Stirling wasn't the winner of the fifth season of America's Got Talent, she got a recording contract and she became a frequent presence on www.Youtube.com. Lindsey Stirling was featured in the April 30, 2013 episode of Dancing with the Stars alongside two former competitors from the reality television talent competition game show So You Think You Can Dance (Who are also engaged to marry each other) Stephen 'tWitch' Boss and Allison Holker. Everybody working for the reality television talent competition game show Dancing With the Stars had lots of praise for Lindsey Stirling's violin playing skills.