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Song Challenges Brought Musicians Together During the Early Days of the Pandemic

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When businesses shut down and people began to isolate themselves due to the coronavirus back in March, a local musician found a way to keep his peers’ connected and their creativity flowing by creating weekly songwriting challenges.

We’ll hear from Southwest Florida musician and creator of Songwriter Quarantine, Keefe Klug, and two participants: local singer/songwriter Kyle Anne, and Nashville-based musician, Madeline Finn.

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Keefe Klug
Southwest Florida-based musician

Keefe and his style of music have found a home in Southwest Florida for nearly eight years with the pop band, Charlie Moon.

In that time he made a name for himself with his clever and concise songwriting style. Currently he is blending his pop background with what can best be described as the "beach country" style of the Gulf Coast.

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Madeline Finn
Nashville, Tennessee-based musician

Madeline Finn touches on a wide range of sonic directions in her solo work: sparse folk, meditative piano ballads, twangy rock, and string-laced indie. Luckily, the Cleveland-raised singer-songwriter is also the rare vocal talent with the range to handle just about any music she wants to write. She'll howl and whisper, rage and mourn, croon and conspire—always with breathtaking precision and heart-piercing sincerity.

A Top 70 American Idol finalist in 2018, Finn has also fronted two bands: the pop-punk-leaning band Envoi, and Americana-tinged trio Whiskey Hollow.

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Kyle Anne
Southwest Florida-based indie/folk singer, songwriter

After a stint in Boston attending Berklee College of Music, Kyle Anne calls Florida home, where she's constantly inspired by her surroundings. Her songs evoke a certain brand of sadness, but not without a wry sense of optimism and a catchy melody to get stuck in your head. Her style is best described as indie folk, although when accompanied by her band she takes on a more electrifying upbeat indie rock edge.

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Kyle Anne's Songwriter Quarantine submission "Best Friend"
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Andrea Perdomo is a reporter for WGCU News. She started her career in public radio as an intern for the Miami-based NPR station, WLRN. Andrea graduated from Florida International University, where she was a contributing writer for the student-run newspaper, The Panther Press, and was also a member of the university's Society of Professional Journalists chapter.
John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida. Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.