Info The world of Volary’s music is a world full of light and darkness. It examines the hope, despair, and countless other feelings that struggle through us as part of the human condition. “As a child I would go into my room, turn my stereo on loud, and let all of my frustration, disappointment, and hurt explode from me by singing. Nobody else ever seemed to want to say quite the things that I did though,” she muses. “I suppose that was my songwriter’s voice telling me that I had to write songs for those like myself who were still disenfranchised.”
It was not until the Australian-born singer moved to San Francisco in 2001 though, that she discovered a city bursting with the artistic intimacy and honesty of singer/songwriters. Ultimately, it was the inspiration for her to say “OK, nobody’s ever going to write the songs that I hear until I learn to play the guitar and write them myself.” The result was “Out of Shadows,” an album which not only earned a 5 star review from Muzikreviews.com, but was also named their “Pick of the Week” (Dec 4, 2010).
Volary muses about her creation: “You might compare it to a sculpture of delicate flowers made out of barbed wire.” The album takes flight through a land of mixed human emotions. Most of the songs delve into the darker sides of the human psyche, but as in a chiaroscuro, there is always light again. “I wrote, co-produced, sang, and played acoustic and electric guitar on the album, but this album is not just about me. I was honoured to work with some amazing musicians and together we made this album what it is.”
The dichotomy, yet juxtaposition of elements is an apt parallel to the name Volary, and to the basis of the album. Volary is an obscure English term, defined as a flight or flock of birds, or the cage you keep them in. What better metaphor for freedom, escape and joy, than a bird taking flight? What better metaphor for having your spirit broken than being put in a cage? And what greater dichotomy than a singer/songwriter who has a Ph. D. in Biochemistry but is so willing to be emotionally vulnerable musically? Watch as this complex talent from California steps out of the shadows.