Youtube stars are a dime a dozen, but only a few become successful independent artistes.
Lindsey Stirling is one of them, gaining fame with a violin, some dubstep and electronic music, and unique dance moves.
The petite 26-year-old Calfiornian, who got booted off reality show America's Got Talent (AGT) in 2010, now tops the Billboard charts.
Although pairing the violin with choreographed dance moves to pop songs like Kesha's TiK ToK got her noticed on AGT, judges Piers Morgan and Sharon Osboune deemed her not good enough to win.
Three years later, Stirling is more popular than Taylor Swift on YouTube, with three million subscribers to Swift's one million.
Last September, Stirling's self-titled debut album of original compositions topped the Billboard's Dance/ Electronic Albums chart and ranked No. 81 on the Billboard 200 - an impressive feat for someone who started out with no record label representation. Disappointed
"I remember being disappointed (after AGT)," Stirling told LOUD over the phone last month from Manila, where she was performing.
"I thought I had blown my chance and I wondered if I should listen to the judges and give up.