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My Brightest Diamond

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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  1.   Song
  2.   Golden Star
  3.   Inside a Boy
  4.   Black and Costaud- Tim Fite redux
  5.   Disappear
  6.   Bronze Head
  7.   Brightest Outro
  8.   In the Beginning
  9.   Pressure
  10.   Dreams Don't Look Like
  11.   ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
  12.   The Diamond
  13.   Feeling Good
  14.   If I Were Queen
  15.   Inside a Boy- Son Lux remix
  16.   I Had a Pearl
  17.   Dragonfly
  18.   You Are Now Untouchable (Esto Perpetue)
  19.   Gone Away
  20.   Say What
  21.   Ceci Est Ma Main
  22.   Apparition
  23.   Resonance
  24.   Shape
  25.   Lover Killer
  26.   This Is My Hand
  27.   Whoever You Are
  28.   Dreaming Awake
  29.   Something of an End (David Keith - NC47)
  30.   We Added It Up
  31.   She Does Not Brave the War (But She Saves the Day)
  32.   Reaching Through to the Other Side
  33.   I Have Never Loved Someone
  34.   High Low Middle
  35.   Ding Dang
  36.   Be Brave
  37.   The Lonliest Man in History (Looking Down from the Top of the World)
  38.   Queen
  39.   Of Fear and Wonder (I Found a Universe)
  40.   Estar Pluto
  41.   Black!Black!Black!
  42.   A Thousand Stars Against a Dark Sky
  43.   To Pluto's Moon
  44.   From the Top of the World
  45.   Apples
  46.   The Ice & the Storm
  47.   The Good & The Bad Guy
  48.   The Robin's Jar
  49.   We Were Sparkling
  50.   Freak Out
  51.   I Am Not the Bad Guy
  52.   That Point When
  53.   Something of an End
  54.   There's a Rat
  55.   Goodbye Forever
  56.   The Lace Handkerchief
  57.   Everything Is in Line
  58.   Black & Costaud
  59.   Escape Routes
  60.   Magic Rabbit
  61.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  62.   Manzanas
  63.   Bass Player
  64.   Looking at the Sun
  65.   I'm Never Letting Go (Stars at Elbow and Foot)
  66.   Tainted Love
  67.   Before the Words
  68.   So Easy
  69.   Like a Sieve
  70.   Overture
  71.   Workhorse
  72.   In Vacuum

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