Sonya Kitchell / Todd Thibaud
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Sonya Kitchell has delivered the goods on her new album This Storm—12 timeless tunes that document her evolution from emerging artist into a sophisticated musician and songwriter with something meaningful to say about the human condition. Her lyrics are sometimes personal and often political, but all are insightful and deeply felt.
True to the title of Sonya Kitchell's 2008 album This Storm, the 21-year-old singer/songwriter's life has been in constant whirlwind mode since the release of her critically acclaimed 2006 breakthrough Words Came Back to Me. While she's performed with everyone from Angelique Kidjo and Ben Harper to Jamie Cullum, India.Arie, Los Lonely Boys, and Madeleine Peyroux, her career picked up international steam when jazz legend Herbie Hancock tapped her to tour the world with him in 2007. Slowing down after an exhilarating year on the road with Hancock and later the Slip, Kitchell found a much needed quieter place to write and record the six songs on Convict of Conviction, her 6-track EP debut for 429 Records.