If I could have anyone’s singing voice, I would pick Shara Worden’s voice, hands down. I swear, no one can sing like her. Worden leads her band, My Brightest Diamond. Her range is operatic, her lyrics haunting. I saw her perform at the Electric Owl Sunday, December 7th and it was definitely the best small show I’ve seen all year. I swear for the first 5-6 songs I sat there gaping like a fish thinking, “Who SINGS like that??” It was amazing, I was practically in love.
Above: I only managed to get some shoddy photos on my phone of the performance
The show was intimate just for the the fact it was such a small crowd, but geez, the few handful of us that were there were were practically blessed to see such a performance–high energy, and she is just so cool talking to the audience, dancing and jumping around, etc. She opened with the single of her new album, This is My Hand, “Pressure,” which got things off to a mesmerizing start.
A funny little band Rabbit Rabbit opened for her, and while I didn’t much care for them, Worden spoke genuinely about how Rabbit Rabbit’s frontwoman Carla Kihlstedt had inspired her own music so much and I loved that–women supporting one another in an industry dominated by guys.
Getting down to what she was wearing, I was surprised to see she was wearing all white (then again, there is lots of white in her video for “Pressure”). White pants with black tuxedo stripes up the side, red boot-type shoes, a white blouse buttoned all the way up, and a gold necklace of some sort (couldn’t quite make out that detail around the collar. Performing is no doubt hard work, especially when you’re playing three different instruments, singing, jumping, dancing, and more (she was doing all these things, FYI). I would have sweat right through such an ensemble myself, but lord only knows I’m not as badass as Shara Worden– she hardly seemed to break a sweat.