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My Brightest Diamond finds her shine in Detroit

By Gary Graff
Digital First Media/@GraffonMusic

Posted: Sunday, September 21, 2014

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Shara Worden, aka My Brightest Diamond, has spent the past five years living in Detroit, but her metro area roots go back even longer.

Worden first came to the area when her father, a music minister, took a job in Ypsilanti. She graduated from Ypsilanti High School and maintained contact with her best friend, who does urban farming in Detroit.

"I sued to come see her, and she would have these amazing peaches off the tree from her backyard orchards -- and she's five minutes from downtown," says Worden, 40, who lives in downtown Detroit apartment with her four-year-old son. "I loved it. Coming from New York, I used to say to her, 'You've got the best situation.'

"I was there the night Obama got elected (in 2008) and she said, "I want to show you your house. I went in and I loved it. I don't have the house anymore, but I still love living (in Detroit). There is no other town in America that's as interesting, as diverse, as cheap to live in and has an international airport."

Music, of course, keeps Worden on the move. Her fourth My Brightest Diamond album, "This Is My Hand," is just out and makes a stand for music -- at least the kind of music she wants to make -- in a digital download world.

"It started with, 'People don't buy records anymore, but I want to make a record,' " Worden explains. "I felt like, OK, music has not lost its value. It's always going to be valuable, so what does it mean to you? What does it mean to human beings?

"So I started reading books and doing research, and I came to a lot of themes that are part of these songs and this record. I really wanted to make something that was inclusive of the audience instead of it all just being about me, which was new for me but really rewarding."

My Brightest Diamond and Liam Hayes & Plush

Friday, Sept. 19

The Music Box @ The Max, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Tickets are $18

Call 313-576-5111 or visit www.dso.org

Web Site: www.dso.org

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