Graduates of One Tree Hill, Kate Voegele and Tyler Hilton come to The Wedge

Kate Voegele
Kate Voegele
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For an aspiring musician there are worse shop fronts to have than being able to perform your songs each week on one of the biggest teen dramas of its day.

Kate Voegele was already on the way to establishing herself as a successful singer-songwriter when she won a role on One Tree Hill in 2008 as Mia Catalano.

Having audtioned for the show on a whim, what was meant be a two-episode appearance became a four-season recurring role.

During that time 11 of her songs were featured in the show, which aired in the UK on Channel 4.

Record sales jumped dramatically after Voegele’s first appearance on the show, and she toured internationally with artists like Natasha Bedingfield and Jordin Sparks, splitting her time between the road and TV.

After her first two records sold more than 500,000 units, Voegele signed with ATO Records in 2011, releasing Gravity Happens.

She spent the next two years continuing to tour the US and Europe.

In autumn 2013, Voegele moved her home base from LA to Nashville, getting back to her songwriter roots.

Being in Music City has given Kate the opportunity to work with writers like Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose, and open up opportunities to work with the country’s best creative talents.

Last November she released the Wild Card EP and is preparing to release her fourth full album this autumn.

She’s now touring the UK with another One Tree Hill alumni – Tyler Hilton.

This tour marks Hilton’s return to the UK for the first time in two years. Tyler is best-known for his role as Chris Keller on One Tree Hill, and for playing Elvis Presley in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line.

Taylor Swift fans with a keen eye may even recognise him as the love interest in the video for her early single, Teardrops On My Guitar.

His most recent album, his third, Indian Summer, was his first full-length release in more than four years and unleashed a new side of the artist combining multiple genres.

Today, Tyler is happy to be on the scene as an independent artist, touring the US, Canada and Europe, as well as working on new film and TV projects, including his second season on the hit CBS sci-fi series Extant, alongside Halle Berry.

They play at The Wedgewood Rooms on Sunday, August 2. Tickets cost £17.50, Doors open 7pm. Go to wedgewood-rooms.co.uk.