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Kitchell's 'Words' Get an Encouraging Reception

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Kitchell's 'Words' Get an Encouraging Reception

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Kitchell's 'Words' Get an Encouraging Reception

Kitchell's 'Words' Get an Encouraging Reception

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Two From 'Words'

'Train'

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'Tinted Glass'

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'Too Beautiful'

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At 17, Sonya Kitchell has appeared on Letterman, performed with Herbie Hancock and she has her own CD, Words Came Back to Me. And she wrote every song on the album, a blend of blues, jazz, folk and pop.

Reviewers, comparing her to Joni Mitchell and Norah Jones, marvel at her mature sound. But Kitchell has been at this business for longer than you might think. She wrote her first song when she was 12 years old.

She chats with Howard Berkes about songwriting, her musical roots and how a teenager from rural Massachusetts "gets" the blues.

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Album
Words Came Back to Me
Artist
Sonya Kitchell
Label
Velour Recordings
Released
2006

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