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For this musician with autism, music is their first language

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Musician Xolie Morra Cogley with Sound Effect Producer Kevin Kniestedt

This story originally aired on March 30, 2019.

Xolie Morra Cogley is a musician in Seattle, and leader of the band Xolie Morra and the Strange Kind.

“I’ve always been into music since I was very little," Cogley says. "And so music, I think, really helped to move me in a more social direction, because I didn’t really do a lot of talking when I was little. But I developed a communication skill using music that helped me fit into certain groups. So I didn’t have to have conversations. I was just playing music.”

Using music as a sort of language is helpful to Xolie, because they have autism. Xolie didn’t always know that -- in fact, they weren’t diagnosed until age 30.

In this conversation, Xolie sat down with Sound Effect producer Kevin Kniestedt to talk about growing up undiagnosed, how musicians have helped Xolie communicate and dealing with what they call “off-stage fright.”

Xolie Morra and the Strange Kind will be performing at a benefit concert called “In the Spectrum - The Concert for Autism Speaks” April 26th at the Skylark in West Seattle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBBb-gaPi8Q

Kevin began his career at KNKX in 2003, where his first responsibility was to eradicate the KNKX Jazz Library from all Smooth Jazz CD’s. Since then there is not much at KNKX he hasn’t done. Kevin has worked as a full time jazz host, news host, and has hosted, at least once, almost every single program on KNKX. Kevin currently produces 88.5's weekly show Sound Effect. Kevin has conducted or produced hundreds of interviews, has won local and national awards for newscasts and commentary, and helped make the KNKX Grocery Tote famous.