August 23, 2016 / 11:17 AM / in a year

Violinist Stirling says new album 'Brave Enough' therapeutic

Violinist Lindsey Stirling poses backstage at the 2016 Billboard Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., May 22, 2016.Steve Marcus

NEW YORK (Reuters) - American violinist Lindsey Stirling deals with love and loss in new album "Brave Enough", with overcoming adversity the backdrop for her latest work following a year that included her best friend's death and a cancer diagnosis for her father.

The title track was the first the 29-year-old wrote after her friend Jason Gaviati died in 2015. She also penned "Gavi's Song" to honor their friendship.

"I couldn't write about these things until I dealt with them. My music at first was just really sad and depressing as I started to go back and write again and I was like, this is not helping me at all to write in this way," she told Reuters.

"And so I started dealing with the emotions, I went home, I spent time with my family, I did some therapy and then it became a very therapeutic experience to write about these emotions."

Stirling gained fame after making a name for herself through social media. Her YouTube channel has over 8 million subscribers and more than 1 billion views. The 14-track "Brave Enough" is her third studio album.

Reporting By Reuters Television; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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