Why We Write with Kim Ruehl, Eps. 34: Kyshona

So many singer-songwriters come up playing piano or guitar, cutting their teeth at bar open mics.

Kyshona, meanwhile, began on the oboe and started her songwriting career as a music therapist working in hospitals. The songs she has come to write as she’s leaned fully into a performing career reflect these foundational experiences and carry with them so much healing and perspective. They charge her listeners to listen to one another and to themselves, to lead with love, to try to make the world a better place. Yet, somehow they also transcend politics or any other potentially divisive discourse.

I was excited to talk to her about her songwriting process and the philosophy with which she approaches her craft. In this episode of Why We Write, Kyshona digs into all of these things, plus the health scare that changed her life, the music therapy clients who inspired her, and how it all feeds the music.

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