It helps to have friends in high places. And if you don’t have one of those, then a friend-of-a-friend can sometimes do the trick. When California-based artist Adrina Thorpe stepped into the studio to record Halflight & Shadows, she brought with her a team of seasoned musicians whose recording credits span anyone from Mick Jagger, Sting, Justin Timberlake, and Kanye West. Not that Thorpe needs the big guns. On her own she’s a force of nature”a gifted pianist blessed with emotive, ethereal vocals that recall Sarah McLachlan. On the cinematic Coming Home a sonorous piano gets some levity with Thorpe’s lilting voice. Midnight is darker, heavier stuff”a haunting melody with muffled, syncopated beats and a keening cello. But if you’re looking for a serotonin kick, not a dose of disturbia, put on the dreamy, airborne Fly Fly Fly or the teasing Everything Changes. With or without her killer session musicians, Thorpe’s music has amazing range. Expect this songbird to fly far.