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Kate Voegele Reveals What Inspired Her New Album 'Gravity Happens' & What's Next For Mia On 'One Tree Hill!'

Thu, April 28, 2011 6:50pm EDT by 2 Comments

The gorgeous singer-songwriter shares the experiences that shaped her upcoming album… which is going to be amazing.

Kate Voegele‘s third studio album, Gravity Happens, has been a work-in-progress for just about a year now, and the One Tree Hill star can’t wait for fans to get a taste of her new sound. “A lot of things changed in my life this year,” Kate tells exclusively, one of which was her permanent move from Ohio to Los Angeles. “The music is definitely along the same lines of what I’ve done before, but it’s a little more raw and honest and rough around the edges.”

I had the pleasure of seeing Kate perform some of her new tracks live April 25 at the Loews Regency Hotel in NYC — and trust me, you’re going to love Gravity Happens. Between songs like “Sand Castles,” which echoes the frustration young adults face as they abandon their child-like views, to the absolutely beautiful title track, fans will really feel the emotional upheaval of Kate’s experiences over the past year.

And there are many.

One of those experiences was a trip to Nicaragua, where she spent time with families living in a trash dump community. “I don’t speak any Spanish, but the whole thing really rocked me,” she says. “It was all these people who literally live off the trash. It’s pretty intense to see little kids going through a garbage looking for meat for their families — but they were still so happy. It was a whole different level of things I’ve never seen.”

And here’s some good news for Tree Hill fans: Not only will Mia will be back for the May 18 season finale, but she’ll also be performing one of her new songs, “Heart in Chains!”

“Fans will see Mia’s life has changed for the better,” Kate tells us. “She left because her priorities were out of whack, she wasn’t focusing on her music, and she was tired of fighting with Alex. … She and Alex are cool now.”

But that doesn’t mean Mia’s life is suddenly drama-free. In a separate interview, Stephen Colletti told us that the Mia-Chase-Alex love triangle is still ongoing: “Chase is just having a whirlwind with this love triangle,” Stephen said. “He’s trying to figure out which way to go. You’ll see in the next few weeks … there will be some settling down.”

Be sure to pick up Kate’s album, Gravity Happens, when it goes on sale May 17. And don’t miss Kate on the season finale of One Tree Hill at 8 p.m. May 18 on The CW!

— Andy Swift, with reporting by Leigh Blickley