During 2011, the channel rapidly gained popularity and has over 1.7 billion total views and over 10 million subscribers, as of November 2017 Stirling's collaborations with other musicians and singers have included Shaun Barrowes ("Don't Carry It All" – The Decemberists), Jake Bruene and Frank Sacramone ("Party Rock Anthem" – LMFAO), Tay Zonday ("Mama Economy"), Peter Hollens ("Skyrim", "A Thousand Years", "Game of Thrones" and "Star Wars"), Lzzy Hale ("Shatter Me"), Alisha Popat ("We Found Love"), John Allred ("Tomb"), Amiee Proal ("A Thousand Years"), Megan Nicole ("Starships"), The Piano Guys ("Mission Impossible"), Debi Johanson ("River Flows in You", "Phantom of the Opera"), Sam Tsui ("Heads Up"), Tyler Ward ("I Knew You Were Trouble", Thrift Shop"), Kurt Hugo Schneider ("Pokemón Dubstep Remix" and "A Thousand Years"), John Legend ("All of Me"), Chester See ("I Knew You Were Trouble"), and Pentatonix ("Radioactive", "Papaoutai").

Stirling's eponymous debut album was released on September 18, 2012 in conjunction with a North American tour that same month.

Days before, she had performed on Conan on October 24.

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From a young age, Stirling had a fascination for dance, and desired to take both dancing and violin lessons.

In an interview with New Media Rockstars, she said, "..since I was a kid, I've always wished that I could dance, but my parents said, 'You [can] choose violin or you [can] choose dance, but we can't afford both', and I chose violin.

Stirling performs a variety of music styles, from classical to pop and rock to electronic dance music.

Aside from original work, her discography contains covers of songs by other musicians and various soundtracks.

On April 22, 2013, it was announced that Lady Gaga's manager (Troy Carter) signed a deal with Stirling after being impressed by her rise in the media.

"By looking at the numbers, automatically you could see this girl knew how to move the needle and understood You Tube was a venue to engage fans both online and offline," Carter said.

One of the three judges, Laurieann Gibson, classified her second performance as "one of the best" in Dance Showdown and the last one as the best she had ever seen.

Almost a year after its official release, Stirling's self-titled studio album was re-released on October 29, 2013, as an exclusive deluxe version featuring newly recorded versions and remixes of her best-known songs such as "Crystallize", "Elements", and "Transcendence".

At the end of the first day, the signed Shatter Me CD was already sold out. On May 18, Stirling assisted to the Billboard Music Awards where her debut album had been nominated in the category "Top Electronic/Dance Album".

Stirling also performed her first single "Beyond the Veil" during the ceremony.

Stirling was born on September 21, 1986, the elder of two daughters of Stephen and Diane Stirling. Stirling describes her childhood as being raised in a modest household and stated "I would not trade my humble childhood years for anything else." Stirling attended Mesquite High School and joined four friends in a rock band called Stomp on Melvin.