My Indigo is the new project from singer, songwriter, frontwoman for the platinum and gold-selling Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation, Sharon den Adel. The self-titled album is the beautiful and raw result of two years of retreat, healing and exploration. After twenty years, it was Sharon’s opportunity to get out of the limelight, come to terms with hardships in her personal life, and take a break from the strain of touring the world as the singer of an internationally successful symphonic metal band.

My Indigo

My Indigo

Returning to the music studio, she started writing again but it wasn’t the anthems she’d previously been creating for Within Temptation. “It was more intimate, more personal and it was beautiful in a different way. I found the music that was coming out helped me deal with what I was going through – it fit with me emotionally. My songs for Within Temptation were all-conquering, empowerment songs, uplifting and tough. I needed less of that, I needed to explore the vulnerable and needed to be introspective.”

For this project Sharon teamed up with her Within Temptation producer Daniel Gibson. They started with one unexpected song, but eventually ended up creating 10 bold, euphoric, vibrant and emotive tracks.  

Inspired by modern pop, a love of 80s music and Fleetwood Mac, a little reggae and dancehall flavour, stories about her family, the music industry and, of course, much about love and relationships; by the middle of 2016 a collection of songs was all most complete. Sharon didn’t intend a commercial release - these had just been for herself, but at the end of 2017 it was decided: “I wanted to share these songs and they would emerge under the project name My Indigo.”   The name came from the lead track on the album. “My Indigo is about what makes me, the things that inspire me and make up my emotions. The ‘indigo’ suggests a kind of moodiness, and the colour fits the mood of the songs. These songs have a spectrum of colours and emotions that are new for me” Sharon is no stranger to the pop and dance charts – in 2008 she had a hit as vocalist and songwriter for DJ Armin van Buuren’s single In And Out Of Love, which amassed over 200 million plays on YouTube to date.  

What was the name of Within Temptation’s debut album?

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