10 fresh faces hope to make splash in 2008

Wed Jan 2, 2008 3:45am EST
 
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NEW YORK (Billboard) - The first few months of the year are an ideal time for rising acts to grab their share of attention and, they hope, sales. That's true for upcoming releases and new promotional boosts for sets already on hand.

Here are 10 hot faces to watch from genres including pop, rock, country, R&B, hip-hop, Christian, jazz and dance.

KATE VOEGELE (MySpace Records)

Sometimes things are better the second time around. So it seems in Kate Voegele's case, when she re-releases her MySpace Records debut, "Don't Look Away," January 22. The move comes as the 21-year-old singer/songwriter transitions from the stage to the small screen.

Voegele scores her first acting role as the musician Mia on the popular CW series "One Tree Hill," starting with its January 22 episode.

"I felt like the audience (for the show) is my audience," Voegele says. "'One Tree Hill' has always been an awesome vehicle for new artists. Plus, now there's this whole idea that art imitates life."

On the show, one of the main characters discovers Mia and later signs her to a record deal. Voegele will be heard playing songs like the single "Only Fooling Myself" on the show.

The young performer has spent time touring with artists like John Mayer and Ben Lee, and is in the midst of planning a full tour itinerary surrounding the set's re-release, which will feature a new album cover that will more closely reflect her role on "One Tree Hill." Copies of the album -- originally released in May 2007 -- sold through Target will also include three bonus acoustic versions of previously released tracks.

BLITZEN TRAPPER (Sub Pop Records)   Continued...

 
<p>A man plays a mandolin guitar in Rio de Janeiro bar, in this file photo taken on September 22, 2004. The first few months of the year are an ideal time for rising acts to grab their share of attention and, they hope, sales. That's true for upcoming releases and new promotional boosts for sets already on hand. REUTERS/Bruno Domingos</p>