Rocktober: Get Out And Vote!

Sonya Kitchell

Is this election different than past elections, why or why not?

Sonya Kitchell
Absolutely. Why? For me, first of all, because I am able to vote. I was too young to vote before, and this will be my first election to vote in. In the broader sense, it is the first time a black man or a woman have run for president or vice president and it's about time, seeing as our country is not only made up of white men. America is truly one of the world's mixing pots and I look forward to the day that the president reflects the vast variety of the constitutes in our country.

What is the relationship between music and politics - and how, if at all, has this relationship affected your music?

I believe that the relationship between music and politics is an important one, because musicians and public figures have the platform from which they can affect people. Some musicians will say music and politics should be separated and I think that's fine, but personally, I care about the state of the world and if there is anything I can do to make it better, I will do it. That being said, politicians hugely affect the way we live, through the bills that are passed and the choices that our made, so I believe we should care who's in office and do everything in our power to make sure it's someone who will have a beneficial affect on the country rather than a largely detrimental one.

This belief affects my music in the sense that I do write political songs because it's something I care about.

If you could speak directly to all American voters, what would you say?

Please vote and take the time to think about it.

Sonya Kitchell is on tour now and The Slip is her backing band! Their next gig is October 15 in Boulder, CO. Completer tour dates available here.

Got thoughts? Share them on our Politics Forum...


Take full advantage of all JamBase has to offer by signing up for an account!


You'll receive

show alerts

when your favorite artists announce shows, be eligible to enter contests for

free tickets

, gain the ability to

share your personalized live music calendar

and much more. Join JamBase!