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Singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten enjoys takng the reins on latest album

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Arriving at her fourth album, this year's "Are We There," Sharon Van Etten decided to make a major change in the way she recorded.

"I wanted to produce the record myself," the New Jersey-raised singer and songwriter says. "Everyone that helped me with the previous records took me under their wing and helped me learn how to communicate. Before I didn't have the language to be able to communicate my ideas because I'm still a freshman compared to most people I know that do music.

"Now I feel like I finally got to the point where I wanted to do it myself. I think I learned it's about trusting your gut with how you hear things, because nobody really thinks exactly like you do. I've played enough music now to be able to communicate enough to be able to direct people. So that definitely makes this album feel more like 'mine' than anything else I've done."

On "Are We There" the 33-year-old Van Etten also made the determination to use her own band, which is also something she's never done before.

"I haven't really had a band, really, until the last two years," she explains. "I wanted to have a live band kind of feel to it as well as have some more control and some more collaboration with my band.

Sharon Van Etten and Tiny Ruins

Wednesday, Oct. 8. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale

Tickets are $15

Call 248-546-3696 or visit www.thelovingtouchferndale.com

Web Site: www.thelovingtouchferndale.com

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