'One Tree Hill's' Kate Voegele on her new album, her dual identity, and the season finale

Katevoegele_lKate Voegele did not set out to confuse the heck out of people by playing a singer-songwriter named Mia on One Tree Hill who sings, well, Kate Voegele songs. And yet… "It’s simpler than it sounds," the 22-year-old insists. "I play Mia on the show. We make the same records. Mia’s making her second record, and Mia’s second record is A Fine Mess, which is also my second record." So why not just play Kate Voegele then? "It seemed like the best way to do it," she says. "Because if I played myself on the show, it would confuse people more that the storyline wasn’t necessarily my life."

The show itself isn’t helping clear up the confusion when, for instance, it shows a shot of Mia’s album cover — and it looks exactly like Voegele’s, but with Mia’s name. What it does help, though, is sell albums and concert tickets: She went from an unknown teenage singer to No. 4 on the iTunes chart when Tree Hill cast her last season as the first artist to sign to Peyton Sawyer’s record label. And that experience has intertwined her second album with the show in ways she never dreamed of. "The other night, One Tree Hill featureda song called ‘Angel,’ and I wrote that song in my trailer when we wereshooting season 5," she says. "It was really cool: I wrote this song onOne Tree Hill and now it’s the coda song on One Tree Hill." The show’s music geek creator/exec producer, Mark Schwahn, routinely works with Voegele to incorporate her tunes into scripts. "They really look out for me and make sure fans know what’s going on," she says. "It’s really an incredible thing that they’re so passionate about music that they’re willing to do all that to support an artist they believe in."

The May 18 finale will feature an entire scene promoting A Fine Mess — which comes out the same day — with Mia signing copies of the album at a North Carolina Best Buy and preparing to go on tour. Which raises a question: What will become of Mia and bartender Chase (Laguna Beach‘s Steven Coletti), whose relationship has just started heating up? "They’ll have to do the long-distance thing," she says. "That’s definitely something that isn’t easy."

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  • Ricky

    I watch the show all the time and I was just waiting to find out Mia’s real name. I wanted to download some of her songs off of ITunes but I couldn’t find anything. So I looked up One Tree Hill and I finally found her name. I should of done that in the first place. Me and my fiance believes that she’s a wonderful artist and she has a lot of potential. I hope to see a lot more from her in the future. And I hope One Tree Hill is just a Seanon Finale and not a Series Finale. Well, good luck Kate Voegele!!

  • Amanda

    I don’t think it’s confusing as the article insinuates. Kate Voegele plays Mia Catalano on the show, and I think that people can figure it out.
    That being said, I am SO SO SO excited for her album to come out! I saw her at Varsity in Minneapolis. She deserves all kinds of notoriety for her songwriting and singing skills. Go Kate! I’ll be standing in line to proudly buy anything that she does!

  • Teendramawhore

    I actually find all of this quite bothersome. The Mia stuff as gotten old, and there’s too much time given to such a superfluous character. Instead of pointless scenes of her just playing her music, we could have actual dialogue with the characters we care about.
    And, Ricky, this is the season finale, not the series. The show will be back in the fall.
    -TeenDramaWhore

  • alyssa

    I love kate voegele’s music and i think it’s great that one tree hill gives unknown artists a chance to have their music heard. i am really looking forward to her new album!

  • Lee

    I’m very happy for Kate. I have been following her career before One Tree Hill and I think she is one of the more talented singer/songwriters out there right now. This seems to have been a great launching pad for her music. I hope her success continues because her music has a lot of heart and soul.

  • colleen

    i can relate to all of her songs. her music always helps me feel better.

    • Irving

      These are seriously gorueogs maternity images. I agree, curves during pregnancy are just lovely, and you’ve captured them exquisitely! She is so beautiful! I can’t wait to see her newborn photos after the baby arrives!

  • Lindsey

    I love her!!

    • Mark

      Eek! So exciting to see Amy and the bdedismairs enjoying their dresses, such lovely people and I’m so pleased I was able to be help with the dresses. Great to see the whole look together, can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures. p.s. Well done Liz, you did great!

  • line bondja

    i love kate voegele but i can’t get her songs from my country!
    mia i lov u

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  • victoria davis

    mia catalano looks like she smells like feet lol jk that was on one tree hill but no really ur beautiful ur voice is and ur face is just everything about u is i love you mia!

  • Aria

    I love her! I cry while listening to her songs…becuase she’s not like Lady Gaga or Kesha…they get so much attention for getting high and writing a rediculious song. Her’s actually have meaning. What I want to know is when this world started forgetting real music and started listening to crap…Kate deserves more than most of the people on the radio…more people should know about her.

  • Kimberly Logan

    Kate, I just wanted to say that I LOVE your music and character on One Tree Hill. Keep ROCKIN girl. you are awesome.

  • Annamarie

    I love your songs they really speak to me.

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