Kitchell to headline Skaneateles Area Arts Council Gala

Ever hear of Sonya Kitchell? You soon will as the Skaneateles Area Arts Council has exciting news for this summer. Its third annual gala, "A Mid-Summer Night's Dream," on Sunday, Aug. 19 will feature this exciting emerging artist.

Darlene Kerr, president of the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, is hosting this special event at her lakeside home off of East Lake Road from 6 to 10 p.m, the evening will feature dinner fashioned by Chef Chris Kuhns of Phoebe's Garden Cafe and a concert by Velour/Starbuck's Hear Music artist Sonya Kitchell.

Kitchell has enjoyed a rapid rise in her career as a singer/songwriter. Her debut album is "Words Came Back to Me." She is on a European tour with Joe Jackson (Eagles), and has performed with Judy Collins, Richie Havens, Ben Taylor and Suzanne Vega.

Kitchell has received rave media reviews.

Boston Globe Magazine published: "Kitchell brought down the house at Northampton's Iron Horse Music Hall."

The L.A. Times said, "Her engaging voice is only one part of the package; add to that her songwriting (she has a catalog of 100 songs), her expressive interpretations, her sophisticated musical choices and her slender blond beauty."

People Magazine wrote, "After her remarkably mature and poised debut, what appears to lie ahead is a lot more ... with a knockout voice that evokes the smokiness of Norah Jones, the soulfulness of Joss Stone and the ethereal sweetness of Sarah McLachlan, Kitchell is destined for great things."

About Sonya Kitchell:

Kitchell grew up in an atmosphere of creativity in western Massachusetts, where the family home was flooded with music and art. Her debut album is the second-ever release on Starbuck's Hear Music label Debut CD Series, making the record available in all Starbuck's Company-operated in the U.S and Canada. Her song "Romance," was awarded best jazz vocal and best original song at the 2003 Down Beat Music Awards. Kitchell's ultimate career goal: "If I could create even a fraction of the amazing body of work of a Joni Mitchell, Carole King or the Beatles -- or last as long as U2."

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