From the Web: Lindsey Stirling teams with Derek Hough for battle anthem in ‘The Arena’
Brigham Young University grad and self-made YouTube star Lindsey Stirling has been carving out her own path in the music industry since day one, and, with her unique hip-hop violin stylings, has continued to do so in her latest music video, “The Arena,” uploaded to her YouTube channel June 28.
From early rejection on the national stage to the small successes that led her to fan-promoted fame, Stirling climbed her way to becoming one of the highest grossing YouTubers of all time.
She’s set to share a part of her emotional journey with fans through her new album, “Brave Enough,” set for release Aug. 19, but gave her followers a sneak peak last month with the release of “The Arena,” her first single from the 14-song album, and a power anthem of sorts to anyone struggling to overcome adversity.
Stirling’s “The Arena” video begins with a potent quote from former president Theodore Roosevelt: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena.”
Stirling teamed with Utah native and “Dancing with the Stars” favorite Derek Hough for the video, displaying some incredibly impressive dancing skills to accompany her fiery violin melodies and cadences.
Set in steam punk style at a desert arena, the video shows fans that the most important opinions of what’s happening in the arena are those of the people in battle.