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Sonya Kitchell in Studio on World Cafe - 10/18/2005

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Sonya Kitchell's Precocious Debut: 'Cold Day'

Sonya Kitchell's Precocious Debut: 'Cold Day'

Sonya Kitchell in Studio on World Cafe - 10/18/2005

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Set List

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.

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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.