Sylvia & Me
Gayle Kabaker & Sonya Kitchell: Mother & Daughter

Gayle Kabaker and Sonya Kitchell

Gayle Kabaker, mother and daughter Sonya Kitchell, one a world renowned freelance illustrator and artist, the other a two-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter. One a new grandmother, the other a new mom…mothers and daughters.

The bond between a mother and her children starts early on.  For Gayle and Sonya the bond is even stronger. Five months ago, baby Mona made it a trio.

Gayle is a world renowned longtime freelance artist and illustrator. She’s published over 5 New Yorker covers., an organization that invests in women leaders worldwide, commissioned Gayle to do 100 portraits. Gayle illustrated the book ‘Vital Voices: 100 Women Using Their Power to Empower.’

Using her art to make a difference, Gayle’s work is connected to equality, the environment and civic involvement. For the one-year anniversary of the 2017 Women’s March, Gayle was among the artists who the Washington Post commissioned. Gayle’s illustration was a takeoff on ‘Wonder Woman’ showing a caped young woman wearing a T-shirt that says ‘Voting Is My Super Power.’

Sonya is a two-time Grammy winning singer-songwriter and teacher of music. At the age of 17, Sonya had her first international-selling record ‘Words Come Back to Me.’ Moving from her hometown of Ashfield, MA to New York City, Sonya spent time in Europe and Asia, She worked as a side musician and songwriter-for-hire. She also delved into photography and film. Sonya worked with many of the greats of our time, including the legendary jazz pianist Herbie Hancock.


Mother & Daughter

Mom was her daughter’s original manager, traveling with her throughout the U.S. and overseas. The fun didn’t stop there. Mother and daughter have worked together on several projects. Gayle designed a series of animated illustrations for a client that included a short musical soundtrack composed by Sonya.


A conversation with Gayle Kabaker & Sonya Kitchell:

  • 9 year old & her budding career
  • Bonding and art
  • Traveling mother and daughter
  • Art and music
  • The journey can be tough, the outcome worth it
  • No stage-mom here
  • Mom wisdom
  • Daughter wisdom
  • Grandma wisdom
  • The ‘Antidote Workshop’