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UTubers: Lindsey Stirling reflects on blessings of not using drugs, alcohol

Several things set Lindsey Stirling apart from many other artists: her electronic dubstep music, the way she dances while she plays the violin and her LDS values.

In a podcast with author and entrepreneur Lewis Howes, Stirling, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, discussed her decision not to use drugs or alcohol.

Referencing Stirling's new book, “The Only Pirate at the Party,” Howes noted that one chapter focuses on drugs and alcohol, but the chapter is only a sentence long. Howes asked Stirling about her decision to abstain from the substances.

“I just made the decision a long time ago that that wasn’t something that I wanted to do,” Stirling said in the podcast. “It was something that not only did my parents teach me, but I believed in it, and I saw the value in it, especially now, being on tour. I feel like those values have actually really protected me and kept a very good, healthy environment on tour.”

Stirling said that while on tour, the crew is not allowed to have drugs or alcohol on the bus or in the green room.

“There isn’t drama, and it’s just a very healthy lifestyle versus other lifestyles that I’ve been able to jump into, whether I was guesting on somebody else’s tour for a moment or this or that,” Stirling said. “I realize it’s not something I want to be a part of."

In the interview, Stirling discussed some of her plans, including a new album and a film she's working on with her father.

Watch the podcast on YouTube here.

UTubers is a feature that highlights YouTube videos created by people with ties to Utah.

Lindsey Williams writes for the the Faith and Family sections of