By Rachel Laskow

TAXI Member Kate Voegele might only be 18 years old, but on September 18 she had the opportunity of a lifetime. The singer/songwriter performed alongside Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp at Farm Aid at Chicago's Tweeter Center.

In fact, this is the second year that Kate performed at the show. This year was the 20th anniversary of Farm Aid, which aims to promote food from family farms.

"This year being the 20th anniversary, everything was so amplified—it was amazing... I mean, last year I felt like I played for like a million people, but this year the entire lawn and a large part of the pavilion were totally full by the time I went on, and I was the first act, so that was awesome," Kate said.

Kate performed an original song called "I Won't Disagree," as well as a song she co-wrote with Peter Zizzo, a producer she's working with in New York, called "That's Not Love."

"Performing at Farm Aid was so amazing... there had to be about 20,000 people there when I went on, and you just get such a rush being onstage in front of that many people. I had an awesome time, and performing with people like Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews made it even more unreal. I mean, these are really famous people devoting their time and talent to this cause and I think that is so cool," Kate said.

For Kate, one of her favorite Farm Aid moments was the Dave Matthews press conference. "Dave Matthews (whose music I happen to love) came over to me and told me it was great to see me again and thanks for playing! I was like, 'Are you kidding me? Dave Matthews freaking remembers me from last year!' It was sweet," she said.

TAXI has also been a great resource for Kate and has given her many opportunities. "One example is the hookup I got with XM radio from TAXI. At Farm Aid, I did a song and an interview on the XM bus, so that was some great exposure I got from TAXI," she said.

What's next for Kate, the teen who was named one of Cleveland's most intriguing people in the January 2005 issue of Cleveland Magazine? In the next couple of months she'll be writing and recording a lot in New York and shopping to labels in search of the right deal. She'll also be playing a lot in Miami and around the Midwest whenever she gets the chance.

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