Take a look at some powerful innovators that have pushed boundaries, played with genres and said NO to limitations in their fields.
Lindsay Sterling: Genre-bending
Lindsey is known for her Scintillating electricity, boundless energy, and enormous creative storytelling. Watching a whirlwind dance a graceful jig while playing at lightning speed might come close to describing her performance. An Arizona native, she began studying classical violin at age five which explains a lot.
Compare her music videos to Michael Jackson's in terms of storytelling capacity, danceability and originality, but stop there. This girl has her own thing going. One of her videos, "Crystallize", got her 100 million views!
"Combining her love of classical music with EDM, hip-hop, and dubstep, violinist, dancer, and performance artist Lindsey Stirling is best known for videos she posts to her YouTube channel, and for competing on the fifth season of America's Got Talent in 2010." -Billboard.com
I was turned on to Lindsey by my 15 yr old brother, who also played electric violin at the time, and I've been watching her ever since. She remains one of the most original, creative, genre bending artists out there.
This U.K artist has come a long way since headlining The Police in the 1970s and 80's. At that time their unique blend of Punk rock and jazz-influenced music made them one of the hottest bands of the era. Like Paul Simon and U2, Sting is one of those unique musicians whose musical sound continues to evolve, which is why he's top of my list. I like that he's never afraid to try something new. Sting uses his music to actively explore the roots of human experience, social issues and interactions through thoughtful, evocative, and poetic songwriting.
Sting dabbles in all sorts of musical genres, from sea ballads (Soul Cages, 1991) to 16th century English tunes ( If on a Winter's Night, 2009) to contemporary sounds (All This Time 2001.)
He has high standards for what music should be. Listen to how he incorporates a dazzling combination of world music sounds with classical musicians in his backup band. On top of that, his lyrics are beautifully written. As a visual artist, I'm continually inspired and drawn into the visual richness of his storytelling.
Rebecca Dautremer: Illustrator ( need I say more?)
Deep thinker, Problem solver, Illustrator, Photographer, Cyclist, Literature buff, Anthropology nerd, and Science fiction geek.