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Lindsey Stirling on the Priesthood Blessing That Helped Her Survive "DWTS," Christmas Tour


In a recent interview with the Deseret News, Lindsey Stirling discussed her new Christmas tour as well as the way angels and a priesthood blessing helped her survive Dancing with the Stars.

DN: How did you balance being on “Dancing With the Stars” with practicing the violin and touring?

LS: There are not enough hours in a day. And the thing that was hardest about it was that I was touring for a brand new album, so that meant brand new choreography. So I would be practicing with (“DWTS” dance partner) Mark Ballas for six to eight hours a day … and then I would go across town and practice with my dancers — totally different choreography for a brand new Christmas tour.

I got about halfway through the season and almost had a panic attack because for the first time in my life, I realized I had taken on way too much and (that) what I put myself up for is actually impossible. I didn’t know what to do. . . . I was either going to let down thousands of fans for a sold-out Christmas tour or I was going to make a fool of myself on national TV in front of billions of people. There was nowhere to give. And so, (as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), I actually got a blessing from my bishop because at this point, I was also injured and I just didn’t know if I had anything left to give. And in the blessing, my bishop said there’d be angels helping me every step of the way and that they had been with me and specifically that my father, who had passed away about eight months before, was with me and that I needed to rely on the fact that I was receiving help.

I prayed every step of the way through every single day . . . and I swear miracles happened for me. It’s funny, as soon as “Dancing With the Stars” ended, it was like I was at my end. But it’s amazing what we can do. And sometimes you do your best and then you turn it over to say, “Help.”

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Get more holiday music from Lindsey Stirling with her new album, Warmer in the Winter.


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