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

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