Formed by opera student Shara Worden (b. Michigan, USA), this New York-based independent band released two understated albums in the early 00s. Worden had come to New York City after studying opera at the University of North Texas, and formed Awry (often written AwRY) as a way of expressing her love of rock music. Guitarist Shane Yarbrough joined her on the project’s self-titled 2001 debut album, a roughly recorded but melodic collection of songs that was sometimes reminiscent of mid-period PJ Harvey. The album’s occasional departure into art-rock territory was fully realised on the follow-up Quiet B Sides, a more intimate album recorded quickly in three days and released at the end of the year.
Worden put her recording career on temporary hiatus to work with Sufjan Stevens on his Come On Feel The Illinoise project. She returned to recording in 2006 under the My Brightest Diamond moniker.