By Janet Nguyen
Kate Voegele's return home was an exciting one—even if her visit was a bit too short.
Voegele is traveling across the nation with The Veronicas and Natasha Bedingfield as part of the Verizon VIP Tour 2008. June 2 brought her back to Cleveland as she shuttled from one interview to the next before playing to a sold-out crowd at the House of Blues. The past five years have been somewhat of a whirlwind since her father, Will Voegele, passed along a rough demo of his then 16-year-old daughter singing to a local Cleveland radio station. The hand off led Voegele to open for some big name acts including John Mayer and the Counting Crows—all this before she graduated from Bay High School in 2005. A year after graduation, Voegele signed a record deal with MySpace Records. That moment, Voegele said, was a big one for her.
"I never thought I could break into the music business being from Bay Village, Ohio," she said.
Another major mark for the 21-year-old singer: a role as a youthful singer-songwriter on the CW’s “One Tree Hill.” Before her show at the House of Blues in Cleveland, the sweet and soulful singer talked about her debut CD, "Don't Look Away," how much she misses being in the Rock ‘n’ Roll City and about her favorite eatery in the city, the Moosehead Saloon.