The Kyshona Trio advocated for healing through the power of song during a Colorado College performance on Nov. 6. The event took place in Celeste Theatre at the Cornerstone Arts Center and was free and open to the public. CC students also had the opportunity to participate in a therapeutic songwriting workshop with Kyshona during her campus visit.
Self-described as a “music therapist gone rogue,” Nashville-based Kyshona is an artist ignited by untold stories and the capacity of those stories to thread connection in every community. With the background of a licensed music therapist, the curiosity of a writer, the resolve of an activist, and the voice of a singer, Kyshona (pronounced Kuh-SHAUN-Uh) is unrelenting in her pursuit of the healing power of song. Her trio includes vocalists Maureen Murphy and Nickie Conley.
“Kyshona creates music that both inspires and invites us to listen more closely,” says Ryan Bañagale, associate professor and co-chair of the Colorado College Music Department. “As we continue to emerge from the challenges and traumas of the past few years, her songs ask us to really consider what we need, from ourselves and others to be well and to thrive.”
In 2021, Kyshona founded the charitable organization Your Song, which provides therapeutic songwriting sessions and other programming.
The Kyshona Trio performance was presented in partnership with the Music Department and Wellness Resource Center, with additional support from the Cultural Attractions Fund.