This is Shara Worden, a trained opera singer turned pop songwriter whose debut gathers the essential elements of classical and pop to create an album that begins to break down the barriers of both worlds. These songs are simultaneously gentle and urgent, evoking moments of tremendous joy and sorrow with the magnitude of Italian opera and the modesty of a Japanese haiku. Worden can channel the vocal theatrics of Kate Bush, the soulful seductiveness of Nina Simone, and the gothic pop of Portishead, sometimes in one song. Her songwriting reconciles the high art of opera with the low-brow of the folk song by compounding them into a form that's both as sublime as it is pragmatic.
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