Sonya Kitchell's Precocious Debut: 'Cold Day'

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Songs Sonya Kitchell plays for 'World Cafe':

  • "Can't Get You Out of My Mind"
  • "Cold Day"
  • "Let Me Go"

Emerging musical wunderkind Sonya Kitchell has just released an EP, Cold Day. At just 16 years old, Kitchell's talents as a songwriter and vocalist are inspiring awe.

Sonya Kitchell grew up in in rural western Massachusetts, where she still lives.

hide captionSonya Kitchell grew up in in rural western Massachusetts, where she still lives.

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The singer credits jazz standards with influencing her phrasing. And while she has embraced influences from Carole King to Van Morrisson, Kitchell makes her own music: All of the songs on Cold Day were written by her.

After first learning to play on a piano, Kitchell has branched out to voice lessons, guitar and music theory. The result is a brand of jazz that sounds much more sophisticated than her age would indicate.

This session originally aired Oct. 18, 2005.

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