Sonya Kitchell

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Sonya Kitchell
Sonya Kitchell Live in China.jpg
Kitchell performing in 2016.
Background information
Birth nameSonya Kitchell
Born (1989-03-01) March 1, 1989 (age 30)
Northampton, Massachusetts
GenresIndie folk
Years active2005–present

Sonya Kitchell (born March 1, 1989 in Ashfield, MA[1]) is an American singer-songwriter. Kitchell formed her first band and began writing music in 2001. In 2004 Sonya signed with Velour Records and was named the second Starbucks Hear Music Artist, releasing her first international-selling record, Words Came Back to Me on Velour Records. She has toured globally to Japan, Europe and across the U.S. many times in support of the album.

Kitchell has appeared on numerous late-night TV shows, including the Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, CNN, CBS and garnered rave reviews from the LA Times, Boston Globe, NY Times and NPR. She has appeared in venues such as Carnegie Hall and The Hollywood Bowl, amongst numerous notable stages around the world. In 2007 she joined forces with Herbie Hancock, singing on his Grammy-winning Joni Mitchell tribute titled River: The Joni Letters. Hancock invited Kitchell to join him on tour, to sing in his band, in support of the record for the following year. That gave her the chance to work alongside such notables as Wayne Shorter, Joni Mitchell, Milton Nascimento, Chaka Khan, Quincy Jones, and many more.

Shortly after her year spent touring with Hancock, Kitchell released her second album This Storm in 2008 on Decca Records, produced by Malcolm Burn, in collaboration with renowned rock band, The Slip, to much critical acclaim.

In 2009, Kitchell joined forces with long-time friend and collaborator Garth Stevenson, and together they created a collection of string-quartet based music. The album Convict of Conviction was released in 2010, produced by Stewart Lerman. Over the next year Kitchell explored a more dramatic, cinematic side to her music performing as Sonya Kitchell & The Brooklyn Strings.

Her songs have appeared on numerous TV shows and films including Perfect Stranger, Private Practice and The Unit.

She lives in Brooklyn, NY and released her latest self-produced album, "We Come Apart" in partnership with "Thirty Tigers" and "Rockwood Music Hall" in January 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Kitchell was born in Massachusetts. Growing up in Ashfield, Massachusetts.

She is the daughter of photographer / artist Peter Kitchell, and illustrator Gayle Kabaker and has a younger brother, Max Kitchell.[2] Teen Vogue interview</ref>



  1. ^ "Sonya Kitchell". Emusic. Retrieved 2008-02-17.
  2. ^ "Peter Kitchell's biography". Archived from the original on 2001-05-07. Retrieved 2008-02-17.

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