My Brightest Diamond is excited to announce the November 23rd release of her new full-length studio album – A Million And One – via Rhyme & Reason Records. My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Nova produced the new LP along with Grammy-nominated producer Anthony “The Twilite Tone” Khan (Gorillaz, Kanye West, Common) and the 10-song set was mixed by Grammy-award winning engineer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Lana Del Rey). Nova really honed in on her song form, a purposeful move after previously pushing herself to break out of traditional song writing devices. She wrote more than fifty songs in the process ultimately narrowing this down to the ten that areA Million And One.
With the album announcement, My Brightest Diamond is excited to share the lead single “It’s Me On The Dance Floor” – out today via all DSPs – click HERE to listen on your preferred service. The album and the single find Nova exploring issues of self-reliance and the pursuit of individuality while still needing to feel connected. A personal journey for Nova following her divorce a few years ago. When asked about “It’s Me On The Dance Floor,” Nova shared her thought process when writing the song.
“What’s my relationship to my body like, without respect to how someone else perceives it? I wanted to write a dance song that wasn’t about hooking up with someone, or looking outside myself for something, but about finding myself through movement, exploring my own body. Sometimes I will go to a club and don’t want to be distracted by everyone else’s energy, but I want to dance hard, so I face the wall, playing with what shadows I can create, not caring if other people watch, or don’t watch. How hard can I push myself until my body is completely exhausted on the dance floor and then in the exhausted state, how can I find other kinds of movements?”
– My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Nova on “It’s Me On The Dance Floor”
A Million And One is My Brightest Diamond’s fifth full-length studio album and finds the Detroit based, Arkansas born artist striving to not only tackle personal experiences but pay homage to the songs and artists she listened to as a teenager in Ypsilanti, Michigan and later as an adult in Detroit including Patti Smith, Anita Baker, Stevie Wonder, Carl Craig and the White Stripes. Nova’s musical journey started very young, growing up as the daughter of a Musical Minister of an Evangelical Pentecostal Church and continued to evolve in the years that followed studying Opera, Classical and more. A Million And One expands on My Brightest Diamond’s sonic palate. From the hypnotic opening of “It’s Me On The Dance Floor” to the rhythmic chanting of “Rising Star” to the driving electro-pop of “Champagne” to the jarring and gritty “You Wanna See My Teeth” – a meditation on the death of Trayvon Martin – the album reflects Nova’s fierce determination and drive from start to finish.
A Million And One is the next chapter in Nova’s journey as a songwriter, composer and arranger. Over the last 12 years, Nova has collaborated and played with a long list of talented artists and filmmakers including but not limited to Sufjan Stevens, Laurie Anderson, The Decemberists, David Byrne & Fatboy Slim, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Matthew Barney. Just this week she was announced as one of the four Carolina Performing Arts Creative Future Fellows and is a Kresge Fellow, Knights Grant recipient and a United States Artists fellow. She has composed works for yMusic, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, Brooklyn Rider, Nadia Sirota and Roomful of Teeth and performed at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Kennedy Center.
A Million And One is out November 23rd via Rhyme & Reason Records. My Brightest Diamond will hit the road next month and joins Stars in December for a North American trek. The winter tour follows aCelebrate Brooklyn performance this summer with Anoushka Shankar and a spring tour as main support for tUnE-yArDs. Confirmed dates are below and for the most up-to-date information please visit mybrightestdiamond.com.
11.15.2018 | Lille Vega | Copenhagen, Denmark
11.16.2018 | Kampnagel |Hamburg, Germany
11.17.2018 | Frannz Club | Berlin, Germany^
11.18.2018 | Artheater | Cologne, Germany^
11.20.2018 | Aeronef Club | Lille, France^
11.21.2018 | L’Astrolabe | Orléans, France^
11.22.2018 | La Vapeur | Dijon, France^
11.23.2018 | Trabendo | Paris, France^
11.24.2018 | Le Périscope | Lyon, France^
11.26.2018 | Tivolivredenburg Pandora Hall | Utrecht, Netherlands^
11.27.2018 | Oslo | London, United Kingdom^
12.2.2018 | First Avenue | Minneapolis, MN*
12.3.2018 | Majestic Theatre | Madison, WI*
12.5.2018 | Metro | Chicago, IL*
12.6.2018 | Saint Andrew’s Hall | Detroit, MI*
12.7.2018 | Maxwell’s Concerts and Events | Waterloo, Canada*
12.8.2018 | New Vision United Church | Hamilton, Canada*
12.10.2018 | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NY*
12.12.2018 | Danforth Music Hall | Toronto, Canada*
12.13.2018 | The Danforth Music Hall | Toronto, Canada*
12.15.2018 | National Arts Centre | Ottawa, Canada*
12.16.2018 | Corona Theatre | Montreal, Canada*