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LESLIE BREFELDsummit daily news
Special to the Daily Singer and songwriter Cheyenne Kimball will be performing at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge today at 3:30 p.m. Call (877) 864-0868 for tickets to the free show.
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BRECKENRIDGE – For a rising star, Cheyenne Kimball is pretty laid-back. At her hotel Tuesday in Breckenridge where she is staying for the week, she said of her budding stardom, “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I take it day by day, playing my music.”The 15-year-old singer and songwriter signed with Sony Music in 2003 – her debut album is due out in spring – and is currently filming her own MTV reality show, “Cheyenne.” The young star is in town for her Ullr Fest MTV concert – 3:30 p.m. today at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. Kimball, a Texas native who said she’d never seen snow before, has plans to try out snowboarding while she’s here.

“I hope I don’t break my arm,” she said. She has also been sledding and has ridden the gondola, she said.Kimball’s career began at the age of 8, when she picked up a guitar and wrote the song, “All I Want Is You.”She continued to write more and also perform at local venues. “I know it’s what I was meant to do. At 10, I knew right there, when the light was on me,” Kimball said. At 12 she was named “America’s Most Talented Kid,” by NBC.”I wanted to see how I how would rank,” she said about entering the contest. “I just kept making it through.”

And with the $50,000 she was awarded as the winner – “I took my family on vacation,” she said.Kimball’s mother Shannon serves as teacher (as well as manager and best friend) to the homeschooled Kimball. The musician said school is pretty stressful with everything going on, but is focused on graduating. And as a straight A student who was allowed to skip the eighth grade, she said she has a little extra time to get everything done.”I want to go to Berkeley and major in music,” Kimball said.Kimball has another ambition she is passionate about. “Playing in an arena is a huge goal of mine. I know I’ll be in tears when I play,” she said.

The young songwriter said she’s always had some way of expressing herself, beginning as a young painter, which slowly transformed into poetry. Then her natural progression was to turn that poetry into song.Kimball said she is just a normal teenage girl who loves shopping, makeup and shoes. Check out some samples of Cheyenne’s music at http://www.cheyennemusic.com.Kimball’s concert today in Breck will be followed by Gary Allan at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dashboard Confessional will play at the same location at 3:30 p.m. and the Goo Goo Dolls are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Free tickets can be obtained by calling (877) 864-0868 or stopping by the Breckenridge Activity Center at 137 S. Main St.Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13622, or lbrefeld@summitdaily.com.


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