By Clark Collis
Updated August 26, 2009 at 08:32 PM EDT

Last winter, teenage ukulele prodigy Killian Mansfield recorded Somewhere Else, an album that also featured the talents of Dr John, Kate Pierson from the B-52s, Todd Rundgren, and Levon Helm of legendary rockers The Band. The album was released on August 4, with proceeds going to the Killian Mansfield Foundation, which supports integrative therapies for children with cancer.

Cancer was an illness Killian knew well. At the age of 11 he was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, and he made Somewhere Else shortly before entering hospice care. Sadly, he passed away last week.

His death is a source of particular sadness to us here at the Music Mix. One of our colleagues knew Killian and says he was a wonderful kid with a beautiful spirit.

He was certainly a talented musician, and you could do much worse than check out this sampler of Somewhere Else ,which includes memorable covers of “Express Yourself,” “Blue Skies,” and Prince’s “Kiss.”

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