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Kate Voegele Balances TV, Real Identities

Of the Oakland Press

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Kate Voegele says she was a bit apprehensive about losing her identity and becoming known as “Mia from ‘One Tree Hill’” when she accepted a recurring role on the TV show last year.

But the 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Cleveland, who’s out supporting her debut album “Don’t Look Away,” says that hasn’t been the case.

“I think with something like ‘Hannah Montana,’ people are used to the idea of a dual identity,” says Voegele, who’s the top-selling artist on MySpace.com’s record label. “Plus, I don’t come out and do half my shows as Mia and half as Kate.

“The kids love my character, but that’s just helped them connect with me and my music, so it’s been a positive in every single way.”

Voegele, who’s current Back To School Tour is being sponsored by the online University of Phoenix — where she’s studying for her psychology degree after two years at Miami University in Ohio — is also using “One Tree Hill” to launch her next single. “You Can’t Break a Broken Heart” is not on “Don’t Look Away;” it will be premiered on a “One Tree Hill” episode in November and then released on a deluxe edition of the album which will also feature “some other cool stuff,” according to Voegele.

“It seemed like kind of a fun, unexpected thing to do,” she says. “I love that everybody I work with is so unconventional with the way they approach an artist’s career. Everybody’s up for doing things kind of out of the box, which is really, really encouraging ‘cause the only way you can make things work in this business now is to have ideas and be open to new ideas.”

Kate Voegele, Virginia Coalition and Lesley Roy perform Sunday (Sept. 21) at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $13. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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