BYU student performs 'hip-hop violin' Tuesday on 'America's Got Talent'

BYU student Lindsey Stirling, from Arizona, started playing the violin when she was just 6 years old. Now 17 years later, she's in the semifinals of NBC's "America's Got Talent."

After seeing her YouTube videos, "America's Got Talent" contacted her to ask her to be on the show. She will be performing on the show for the third time Tuesday night, Aug. 3.

Stirling plays "hip-hop violin," which means she harmonizes on her violin over a hip-hop song and dances at the same time.

Stirling has played the violin for almost 18 years. After years of classical training, she decided to experiment with other genres.

On her website, Stirling writes, "Ever since I was a little kid I have been extremely creative and I love to put a fun twist on every aspect of life. As a little girl I loved wearing costumes to school, I enjoyed writing plays for the neighborhood kids, sewed costumes, and now I enjoy jazzing up my classical violin skills with some rock and hip hop."

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