Since her 2006 debut album Bring Me the Workhorse, classically trained songwriter and composer My Brightest Diamond—legally Shara Worden—has maintained a fairly unconventional career in indie rock.
Her tenure has included stints as a member of Sufjan Stevens’ band as well as The Decemberists—and in the last several years Worden has joined the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on stage, written and performed an opera and fronted a marching band. Now, following a string of largely institutional work, Worden has returned to rock ‘n’ roll with her fourth studio album, This is My Hand.
This month Bandwidth hosted Worden and her band at the Wilderness Bureau, and she delivered an incredible performance that I’m thrilled to share today. In these two videos, watch My Brightest Diamond perform “Lover Killer” and “I Am Not The Bad Guy” from This is My Hand.
Photos by Maggie Famiglietti