At the time of singer-songwriter Sonya Kitchell's first Mountain Stage appearance, recorded in June 2005, she was only 16 — and had released her first album, Words Come Back to Me, just a year earlier. In this archived performance, Kitchell visits Mountain Stage in support of that album, and shows off what host Larry Groce calls "unusual charm and maturity." Her set begins solo before the Mountain Stage band joins her to close out the show.
In 2005, Kitchell joined Herbie Hancock for a series of shows in support of River: The Joni Letters, an album the jazz legend dedicated to Joni Mitchell. In 2008, Kitchell released This Storm, produced by Malcolm Burn. After embarking on a tour with the rock band The Slip, which included another stop at Mountain Stage, Kitchell released her third album, Convict of Conviction, in 2010.