Checking In With My Brightest Diamond: The Singer on Her New Album & Legally Changing Her Name


After the 2014 launch of This Is My Hand and a 2015 tour, My Brightest Diamond (aka Shara Worden), 44, returned dwelling to Detroit, modified her authorized identify to Shara Nova and launched into a rebirth that formed her fifth album, A Million and One. “I'm the one-off queen,” says Nova of her rare releases. “It's much less clear when cycles start and finish.” The artist shares key moments that led to her return.


“I bought a divorce -- it wasn't dramatic. I bought married tremendous, tremendous younger. The course of began with This Is My Hand, however [it was official] once I bought dwelling. [I then explored] this concept of, 'What does it imply to really feel like there's a demise and a rebirth?' Lots of people resent this concept of Detroit having a rebirth, however there's an enormous shift.”

MARCH 2016

“Going again to my dad and mom' identify [after the divorce] didn't really feel proper. A buddy of mine was wanting by a e book on area and noticed the phrase 'nova' and stated, 'What about that?' I didn't understand that the Latin that means is 'new,' and 'Shara' is a verb of 'singing' in Hebrew. I like that the identify meant 'new track.' So I made it official.”

APRIL 2016

“I started wanting again on my relationship with Detroit radio as a teen. In the early '80s, there was this apparent relationship between punk and soul and psychedelic funk in Detroit, so I leaned into that. The White Stripes had been an enormous affect. I stripped away the bells and whistles of my previous work and bought to a extra uncooked area.”

JUNE 2017

“By likelihood, I met the producer The Twilite Tone [Kanye West, Gorillaz], and he turned the music on its head. I wrote 'A Million Pearls' in response to assembly him. I noticed I used to be this pearl sinking right down to the underside of the ocean, however that each one the opposite pearls down there are additionally quirky, that I'm not alone on this need to be particular.”

This article initially appeared within the Dec. eight situation of Billboard.