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Kim Taylor: Smoky and Exuberant

Kim Taylor.
Kim Taylor.

Kim Taylor's music combines emotional songwriting (a la Fiona Apple) with soulful jazz influences (a la Billie Holiday), and the result sounds mellow and evocative, with simple arrangements that don't distract from her smoky, exuberant vocals.

Taylor has been playing piano and singing at church since she was a girl, so writing and performing her own songs represented a natural step. She lived in Florida until she moved to Cincinnati to complete her (still-unfinished) English degree, and resumed performing once she arrived. But when the songs didn't seem as honest as she wanted, she stopped writing until inspiration struck again. Her new album is the warm, lovely I Feel Like a Fading Light.

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David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.