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My Brightest Diamond

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Mixing elements of opera, cabaret, chamber music, and rock, My Brightest Diamond was the project of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Shara Worden. The daughter of a National Accordion Championship-winning father and a mother who was an organist for their Pentecostal church, Worden grew up in Ypsilanti, Michigan, listening to gospel, jazz, and classical music and performing in the church choir. She studied opera at the University of North Texas' music program, and after graduation, moved to New York City to continue her vocal studies. In N.Y.C., she became as involved in the world of underground rock as she was in the realms of classical music, becoming inspired by the likes of Antony and the Johnsons and Nina Nastasia and their intimate performances at venues such as Tonic, the Living Room, and the Knitting Factory. Worden began writing her own material, which had one foot in her classical training and the other in the avant rock she was discovering. She began performing and recording as Awry, gathering a supporting group of musicians playing everything from wine glasses to wind chimes, and eventually added a string quartet after studying and collaborating with Australian composer Padma Newsome. She released The Orange Album and Quiet B-Sides in 2001, and a remix album in 2003. After meeting fellow transplanted Michiganian Sufjan Stevens, she became one of his Illinoisemakers and took a hiatus from her own work to perform on his Illinois tour as cheerleading captain. When the tour was over, Worden renamed her project My Brightest Diamond and set to work on two albums: A Thousand Shark's Teeth, a collection of songs performed with a string quartet, and Bring Me the Workhorse, a more rock-oriented set that was released on Stevens' Asthmatic Kitty in summer 2006. My Brightest Diamond toured with Stevens that fall in support of the album. Early the following year, the remix album Tear It Down, which featured contributions from Lusine and Gold Chains, arrived. My Brightest Diamond's second album, 2008's A Thousand Shark's Teeth, was originally planned as a piece for a string quartet, but eventually included 20 players and drew on influences such as the works of Maurice Ravel and Tom Waits. Returning to her Detroit roots, My Brightest Diamond took inspiration from the Motor City's ups and downs for All Things Will Unwind. The album, released in fall 2011, featured songs composed for the acclaimed yMusic chamber ensemble. Worden resurfaced in July 2014 with the None More Than You EP, a precursor to that fall's full-length This Is My Hand, which boasted influences ranging from Top 40 pop hits to her experiences appearing in experimental director Matthew Barney's film The River of Fundament.~ Heather Phares
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  2.   Golden Star
  3.   Inside a Boy
  4.   Looking at the Sun
  5.   High Low Middle
  6.   Resonance
  7.   Pressure
  8.   Be Brave
  9.   Bronze Head
  10.   There's a Rat
  11.   We Added It Up
  12.   Everything Is in Line
  13.   In Vacuum
  14.   I Have Never Loved Someone
  15.   Ceci Est Ma Main
  16.   Gone Away
  17.   Say What
  18.   Apparition
  19.   So Easy
  20.   I Am Not the Bad Guy
  21.   Lover Killer
  22.   This Is My Hand
  23.   That Point When
  24.   Whoever You Are
  25.   Dreaming Awake
  26.   ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
  27.   The Lace Handkerchief
  28.   Inside a Boy- Son Lux remix
  29.   I Had a Pearl
  30.   You Are Now Untouchable (Esto Perpetue)
  31.   Queen
  32.   Overture
  33.   Of Fear and Wonder (I Found a Universe)
  34.   Estar Pluto
  35.   Brightest Outro
  36.   Feeling Good
  37.   The Diamond
  38.   Like a Sieve
  39.   To Pluto's Moon
  40.   Black & Costaud
  41.   From the Top of the World
  42.   Apples
  43.   If I Were Queen
  44.   The Ice & the Storm
  45.   Workhorse
  46.   The Good & The Bad Guy
  47.   Magic Rabbit
  48.   The Robin's Jar
  49.   Disappear
  50.   We Were Sparkling
  51.   Freak Out
  52.   Dragonfly
  53.   Something of an End (David Keith - NC47)
  54.   A Thousand Stars Against a Dark Sky
  55.   Reaching Through to the Other Side
  56.   I'm Never Letting Go (Stars at Elbow and Foot)
  57.   Manzanas
  58.   Tainted Love
  59.   Bass Player
  60.   In the Beginning
  61.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  62.   Black and Costaud- Tim Fite redux
  63.   Escape Routes
  64.   The Lonliest Man in History (Looking Down from the Top of the World)
  65.   She Does Not Brave the War (But She Saves the Day)
  66.   Goodbye Forever
  67.   Dreams Don't Look Like
  68.   Ding Dang
  69.   Shape
  70.   Something of an End
  71.   Before the Words
  72.   Black!Black!Black!

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