Cheyenne Kimball

Singer/songwriter Cheyenne Kimball wrote her first song at age eight, but it was to get out of trouble. Kimball had been sent to her room after making a mean remark to her older sister, thus composing an apology of sorts entitled "All I Want Is You." The Texas-born Kimball immediately began pouring her heart into her craft, writing nearly every single day. By age 12, she learned the acoustic guitar and amassed nearly 200 songs. Those years also honed Kimball's natural talents as a performer; she booked her own shows at local nightspots throughout north central Texas. America took notice of Kimball's earnest charm and sweetness in 2003 when she took top honors on the NBC show America's Most Talented Kid. Sony/Epic Records was equally impressed and signed her to a multi-record deal that same year. From there, Kimball began writing and recording her debut album. Bassist Brad Smith and guitarist Christopher Thorn, formerly of Blind Melon, joined in on Kimball's recording sessions in California. This was a dream come true, for Blind Melon's self-titled debut was a major inspiration for the young artist. As Kimball worked on balancing her life as a normal teenage girl with the responsibilities that come with being a major-label recording artist, MTV chronicled such transitions for the Cheyenne show. The reality program aired in spring 2006, generating more buzz around Kimball's debut album and first single, "Hanging On." Kimball's song "One Original Thing" was also featured on the soundtrack to the teen movie Aquamarine. Her long-awaited debut album, The Day Has Come, followed in July. ~ MacKenzie Wilson

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