Village native Kate Voegele released her debut album, “Don’t
Look Away,” on May 22 through MySpace Records. The album can
be purchased online at iTunes as well as at Borders Books and
Music, f.y.e. (for your entertainment) and Best Buy locations.
(Photo courtesy of Michael J. Media Group)
native releases first full-length collection of songs
By Ben Saylor
Published June 13, 2007
Kate Voegele, at the tender age of 20, already has two EPs under
her belt, and, as of May 22, a full-length album, and one on a budding
record label to boot.
Away,” a collection of 13 songs, all of which are at least co-written
by Voegele, was released last month through MySpace Records, a new
label started by the popular networking Web site. She’s currently
on the road promoting the record, but the Bay Village native is
set to return to this neck of woods June 19 and 20, with performances
at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights and the House of Blues in Cleveland
the album in Los Angeles with a group of professional musicians,
under the stewardship of producer Marshall Altman. While she was
not able to bring her regular touring group out west to record,
Voegele said the musicians she worked with were impressive.
“They were just
ridiculous,” Voegele said, adding that she would tell the band what
she wanted in the song, and “after a few tries, they nailed it.”
“It was so much
fun,” Voegele said of recording in LA. “I love being in the studio.”
In terms of
themes in her writing, Voegele said, “It just depends.” She said
some songs were drawn from personal experience, while in others,
she was trying to expound on more universal ideas.
“I draw inspiration
from so many different places,” Voegele said, adding that her goal
in songwriting is always to affect the audience and provide them
with something they can relate to.
makes my day,” Voegele said of writing songs that have an impact
For the album
as a whole, Voegele said, “I really just wanted to make a great
record.” She said producer Altman was very “artist friendly” and
open to ideas, and said the end result marked the culmination of
her work as an artist over the past several years.
In terms of
influences, Voegele lists many of the legendary singer-songwriters
prominent in the 1970s, such as Eric Clapton, Carole King, Joni
Mitchell, Carli Simon and James Taylor, along with contemporary
artists such as Ryan Adams and the late Jeff Buckley. However, Voegele said she
considers Patty Griffin her biggest influence.
amazing,” Voegele said, saying that Griffin’s casual stage presence
in particular is impressive to her.
recently finished her second year at Miami University (of Ohio),
told West Life she would not be returning to the college in the
fall, citing the demands of promoting the new album. She added that
both her manager and MySpace Records were very supportive of her
continuing to go to school, but that while college was an “amazing
experience,” she wants to focus on a career in music.
Will she return
to college someday?
want to get a degree at some point,” Voegele said.
In the meantime,
Voegele’s plan is to continue touring with her band, which consists
of Patrick O’Donnell, drums, of Avon Lake; Andy Sorenson of Rocky
River, keyboards; Mark Tobik of Bay Village, bass and Sam Getz of
Avon Lake, guitar. She’s been touring since mid-April and hopes
to continue touring through the end of the year.
“I love it,”
Voegele said of life on the road. “I’m a pretty laid-back person
and I really like to travel.”
But just because
“Don’t Look Away” came out and she’s on the road promoting it doesn’t
mean that Voegele isn’t thinking about album number two. Her MySpace
deal is for six albums, and if, after two, she doesn’t get a deal
with Interscope, MySpace’s major label partner, she can opt out
of the contract. Voegele said she’s got a “ton of new stuff” to
writing,” Voegele said. She said it’s actually difficult for her
because she has too much material to put on a single record.
“I guess it’s
a good problem to have,” Voegele said.
Away” can be purchased at Borders
Books and Music, at Best
Buy locations and f.y.e.
(for your entertainment) stores, as well as iTunes. Listeners can
also play the songs on Voegele’s MySpace page, http://www.myspace.com/katevoegele.
Park show, featuring Voegele’s full touring band, will be at
8 p.m. The
House of Blues show will be at 7 p.m. June 20.
July 4, Voegele will perform at 8 p.m. at Don
Shula Stadium at John
Carroll University in University Heights. She is also scheduled
to appear at the OROC (Out
Run Ovarian Cancer) 5K walk and one-mile family fun run Aug.
25. The morning race begins and ends at the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame in downtown Cleveland.
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