posted April 14, 2009

Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond to Perform

My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden will be performing a solo concert with special guests Ordinary Neighbors in the DeWitt Center studio theatre at Hope College on Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m.

After earning an opera degree from The University of North Texas, Shara Worden moved to New York City to pursue her songwriting ambitions.  After releasing two albums with her band Awry, Shara met Sufjan Stevens - who is a 1998 Hope graduate--and took a hiatus from her own music in order to tour with him as one of the Illinoisemakers.

Shara Worden released her first album as My Brightest Diamond, "Bring Me The Workhorse," in August of 2006 on Asthmatic Kitty Records and her second, "A Thousand Shark's Teeth," this year, both to critical acclaim.  Her sound showcases her versatility, including dramatic guitars, string arrangements, and punk rock drums.   In performance she shows unusual versatility, channeling the vocal theatrics of Jeff Buckley, the soulful seductiveness of Nina Simone and the gothic pop of Portishead.

Ordinary Neighbors consists of husband-and-wife songwriters Josh Banner and Susanna Childress.  The project began as they wrote songs together during their long-distance engagement in 2004 and 2005.  Their music drifts between and seeks to justify their influences in both folk music and electronica.  Ordinary Neighbors performed last at Hope College in September 2008, opening for Denison Witmer.

Tickets for the concert are available now at the Hope College Ticket Office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse.  They are free for the Hope community and $10 for members of the general public. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be called at (616) 395-7890.  Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets.  The studio theatre is on the ground level near the south east corner of the DeWittCenter, which is located at 141 E. 12th St., facing Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.

The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. the night of the concert.