TAXI Member Wins USA Songwriting Competition

By Rachel Laskow
taxi member wins songwriting competition
Nineteen-year-old TAXI member Kate Voegele recently added another accomplishment to her growing list. The singer/songwriter won the 2005 USA Songwriting Competition in the pop category with her song, "Only Fooling Myself." But winning the competition was not the only reason Kate had to celebrate. She is the youngest ever to win in any category of the competition.

"I was so excited and surprised to win the contest. A lot of the people that participate are very professional songwriters, so being the youngest person to win made me feel really honored to associate myself with these people," Kate said.

One of the reasons Kate decided to enter "Only Fooling Myself" is because the song has received attention for being catchy and upbeat.

"'Only Fooling Myself' is a song that I wrote in high school that centers around that general 'wishful thinking' feeling that applies to so many situations. In this song, it focuses more on a relationship, but I think part of the reason I entered this song is that everyone has felt that way at some point — when you'd really love for something to work, but you feel like you're being unrealistic about it," Kate said.

Because she won the competition, Kate will be playing at the USA Songwriting Competition's South By Southwest showcase on March 16 at Borders in Austin, Texas.

"I played SXSW two years ago and had an awesome experience so I'm very excited to get back and play a showcase for this contest!" she said.

Besides her music, Kate is also enjoying her freshman year at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. During winter break, she performed to a sold out Irving Plaza in New York for The Relief Project, a show put together by Brad Corrigan of the band Dispatch. Kate's song "Top of the World" is included on the compilation CD for the project.

Kate is currently working with Peter Zizzo, a producer/writer out of New York. They are putting together some new material and getting ready to shop major and Indie labels. She is also planning an album and tour for later this year.

"I'm really excited about the things I'm working on now I'm also always writing new stuff at school and playing uptown in Oxford as well as in Cleveland and around the Midwest," Kate said.

For more information about Kate, please visit and be sure to find out about Kate's performance at Farm Aid.

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