Volume 81, Number 15 | September 8 - 14, 2011
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Xenia playing one of her songs on Joe Budnick’s guitar in Washington Square Park earlier this year.

Xenia sounds wise beyond her years on her ‘Way Back Home’

By Muneeza Iqbal

Imagine releasing your second album on the conclusion of your freshman year at college. Well, these dreams are certainly coming true for New School student and upcoming indie star Xenia Sky, who has been singing and writing songs since the age of 14.

Her music is soulful, and her sultry voice hypnotizing. The songs on her new album, “Way Back Home,” range from upbeat tunes to more mellow numbers. Each song is about a relationship — either being crushed or formed. However, her music usually covers a range of themes, from racism to global crises.

“I started writing the album when I was in a transition between different places away from home,” she said.

Xenia’s lyrics and ideas could be considered very mature for a teenager. The album’s biggest hit, “Telescope,” is an example of this rockin’ precociousness.

“It’s about that phase right before a relationship — or maybe for some while in a relationship — when you feel that you can give yourself to them entirely,” she explained.

In the past, Sky has organized two benefit concerts, one to raise funds for an arts organization and the other for earthquake-stricken Haiti. In July she played at the Rock for Hope concert in Seabright, N.J., to raise money for children with cancer.

For more information, or to buy her new album, go to www.xenia-music.net .

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