Warmer In The Winter is the first holiday album from critically-acclaimed electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling. The album features the multi-talented artist’s renditions of such holiday favorites as “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Carol of The Bells,” “I Saw Three Ships” and “Jingle Bell Rock” as well as several original numbers written by Stirling.
AXS recently spoke with Lindsey about Warmer In The Winter, her time on “Dancing With The Stars” [where she placed second with her partner, Mark Ballas] and more in this exclusive new interview.
AXS: What made you decide to do a Christmas album?
Lindsey Stirling: I love Christmas music and one of my favorite things about it is how it ties people to their memories. Everyone has their own favorite Christmas songs that have become tradition and brings back tangible memories. I’ve always wanted to do a Christmas album and hope that this music can add to people’s holiday memories and traditions the same way certain songs tie me to mine.
AXS: Was there a certain criteria or theme you had in mind when choosing which songs you wanted to cover?
LS: I don’t think I’ve ever done so much homework for an album [laughs]. I spent hours listening to Christmas music and making playlists. Deciding not only what songs to do but also what style to do each song in. It includes some of my favorites but other songs I chose because they really sang on the violin or brought out the symphonic element. There are so many different sides of Christmas. There’s the big band, classic sound and then there’s the magical, symphony sound. Half of the album is with the live band and horns and the other half is with symphonic strings playing live. It was a first for me to be able to do an album in this way and to work with arrangers and composing. It was a lot of fun.
AXS: Let’s discuss a few tracks from the album, starting with “Angels We Have Heard On High.”
LS: That’s always been one of my favorite Christmas songs. I remember when I was a kid my family would make cookies and then we’d all go deliver them to neighbors by caroling. “Angels We Have Heard on High” was a song we sang so well together. On a personal note, I lost several people who were really close to me over the last few years, and the thought of angels has taken on a whole new meaning. I’ve felt the influence of angels in my life so strongly in the last few years. Not only the idea of angels but people I know and love who are looking out for me. That’s why I spent quite a bit of time making that song so special. Because it’s special to me.
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