“precociously soulful voice”
Emily Arntsen - Sound Of Boston
“The 17-year-old performer from Chicago arrives with a strong pedigree, backed by Alex & Ani and regarded as one of Berklee’s brightest rising stars (we hear she does well at Harvard, too). She’s already released four acoustic albums and three singles, performing more than 150 solo acoustic shows around Chicago, from the neighborhood coffee shop to Lollapalooza. Writes the Chicago Tribune: “Bright, singer-songwriter chops and a clean, clear, articulate singing voice.” Adds the Illinois Entertainer: “A songwriter wise beyond her years, an accomplished acoustic guitar player.” And this from Songwriter Universe: “An assertive rock/pop song which has the energy and full sound of a Kelly Clarkson radio hit–you wouldn’t guess that it’s a 15-year-old who wrote and sang this song.””
Michael Marotta, Vanyaland, CMJ Spotlight Showcase: Chicago Songwriter Kate Diaz
“Kate Diaz is dreaming big, aiming for her goals, and diving into young adulthood headfirst. She certainly made a splash with us at BestNewBands.com with her astonishing voice and knack for songwriting!”
Sarah Hess - bestnewbands.com
"supremely talented...gorgeous voice, and amazing songwriting and guitar chops...this Berklee singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will blow your mind."”
Laura Whitmore, founder WIMN/SHE ROCKS Awards
“very charming...sweet tunes”
Shayne Hanley - Pancakes and Whiskey
“she's got quite the singing voice (it's in the general range of Norah Jones and Joss Stone)”
“Kate Diaz possesses a voice that’s clear and confident, and that charm and charisma shines even brighter than the stars in the sky. This song is begging for a soundtrack; the arrangement, melody and sentiment would wear very well in mass release or as a complement to an independent film. The production, lyrical content and accompaniment (complete with Diaz on electric guitar) work their magic in freeing up Diaz to deliver a mature and endearing vocal that does, in fact, bring a smile to the face.”
Indie-Music.com, Dec. 2013 Artist Spotlight- Review: Kate Diaz, “Christmas Smiles”
“Kate Diaz is just barely old enough to drive, but that hasn't stopped her from touring around the country entertaining crowds of all sizes. In the past 3 years alone she's played everywhere from Lollapalooza to Summerfest. Her songwriting skills are catchy as all get out and impressive for someone of any age. Make sure to check out her song LOCKS.”
Sonicbids Weekly Shoutout: Meow-Con 2013
“A guide to music at Taste of Chicago 2013: What were you doing at age 16? Kate Diaz will be knocking you out with bright, singer-songwriter chops and a clean, clear, articulate singing voice.”
Kevin Williams, Editor, On the Town; Visual Arts Editor, Chicago Tribune
“Over the past few years Kate Diaz has played Summerfest, Lollapalooza, Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, Taste of Chicago, House Of Blues, and has also booked more than 50 gigs through Sonicbids. Did we mention that she is 16 years old? Kate Diaz has been mystifying audiences with musical ability beyond her years since the ripe age of 11 and seemingly hasn't put down her guitar since. We had the pleasure of Kate serenading us with a set of her original tunes at Sonicbids HQ last summer and we are beyond thrilled to have her back in the office next week fresh off of her gig at Summerfest 2013. If you hadn't heard of Kate Diaz before you better get used to the name because you'll be hearing it for years to come.”
Sonicbids Weekly Shoutout: Summerfest 2013
“2013 Berklee Lolla Endowed Scholarship Recipients: Kate Diaz, a 16-year-old singer-songwriter and guitarist from the Chicago area, is the recipient of the Berklee Lollapalooza Five-Week Scholarship, awarded annually to a local musician. At the Five-Week Summer Performance Program, she joins more than 1,000 teens from all over the world sharpening their skills in private lessons, ensembles, and concerts. This is the third year Diaz has attended Berklee’s summer program on a scholarship, but this award has special significance. “Like many kids from Chicago, I’ve caught the Lollapalooza fever every summer since I started listening to music, so I’m really honored to have been awarded this scholarship,” she said.”
“Hard to believe after listening to her third live, “unplugged” recording, Wildfire, that Kate Diaz is all of 15 years old and still in high school. Then again, she’s been regularly gigging at her local suburban Potbelly sandwich shop since the 5th grade and debuted at House of Blues and Metro at 12 and 13, respectively. But as this latest collection of originals captured at Hard Rock Cafe attests, she is a songwriter wise beyond her years, an accomplished acoustic guitar player (not lost on manufacturers who’ve endorsed her with freebies) with a voice (though clearly still maturing) that does her music justice. Fingers crossed she finally saves up enough to make that studio recording.”
David C. Eldredge, Illinois Entertainer
“It was the show you did not want to miss. Local, Kate Diaz opened up the show. She played a couple of original songs on the guitar. And although it must have been nerve-wrecking playing up on stage for the big crowd that it was, she made it look easy. She did an amazing job; ... It was a lot of fun and very memorable. Both acts did a fantastic job and knew how to please the crowd. A lot of success is in store for Kate Diaz, and Emblem3 is about to set the young adult market on fire this summer.”
Peter Lizano, Music Tour Reviews
“Local musician Kate Diaz opened the (sold-out) show, appearing solo with acoustic guitar. The teen artist was warmly welcomed by her peers and gave a strong vocal performance of original material. - live concert review: Emblem3 rides "Riptide' into Chicago House Of Blues”
Daniel Deslover, music photographer. Examiner.com live concert review
"“Down To Earth” is an assertive rock/pop song which has the energy and full sound of a Kelly Clarkson radio hit--you wouldn't guess that it's a 15-year-old who wrote and sang this song. It has a distinctive song title which cleverly captures the Earth Day theme, and a well crafted lyric which elaborates on this message. "Down To Earth" also provides a good showcase for Diaz's expressive, soulful vocal performance.”
Dale Kawashima, founder of SongwriterUniverse
“Rock 'n 'Role Models: There was no shortage of over-qualified female musicians at MEOWCon, from two members of the seminal ‘70s ensemble Fanny (June Millington and Patti Quatro, Suzi’s sister) to erstwhile Michael Jackson guitar shredder Jennifer Batten. Black-clad New York blues revivalists Jane Lee Hooker ripped the balls out of Muddy Waters’s “Mannish Boy.” Kate Diaz, a 16-year-old from Chicago, sang a graduation song for her brother in a Joan Armatrading-worthy warble. Valentine’s own band, the Bluebonnets, managed to make a cavernous ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel almost, almost feel like the Continental Club. And of course Suzi Quatro slammed the strings in a rare American show, then delivered a ribald and hilarious keynote on Friday.”
Evelyn McDonnell, LA pop music critic, Populism
"Kate Diaz is a name you may not have heard of yet, but I can almost guarantee you will become very familiar with in the next several years. At the age of 15, she already demonstrates songwriting prowess and maturity that most 25 year olds only dream of. Having an incredible voice definitely doesn't hurt either. Simply put, she's ten years ahead of everyone else, and I can't wait to see where she ends up."
Sonicbids Weekly Shoutout: Yellowphone 2012
“VENTS Magazine interview”
"I love the tone of this young girl’s voice and think she’s a promising songwriter. At the age of 15, I think she’s off to a superb start. The song “Down to Earth” is a “call to awareness” type of song. She has a natural knack to her writing that has a natural rhythmic flow. The lyrical content is clever in her approach in raising awareness to environmental matters. The arrangement is tight. This is a song that seems to be over too quickly….ear candy created with piano melodies, vocal flow, etc."
Holly Hutchinson, owner/A&R Executive, ANGIRL
"A highlight for me was seeing Kate Diaz. After getting over the moment of depression I had when I realized that a 14-year-old had more musical talent than I’ll ever have, I really enjoyed listening to her voice and I was shocked at her incredibly mature songwriting. She explained that her song “At The Same Time” was about her being torn between playing music and soccer, but after listening I really just think “soccer” was a code word she gave her parents for “boyfriend.” (Don’t worry Kate, I won’t tell!)"
Tess Cychosz, Sonicbids Blog
“Singer Kate Diaz - The singer-songwriter performs her Holiday tune, "Christmas Smiles."”
Chicago ABC TV, Windy City Live show
“Kate Diaz may be only 14, but her voice and her songs make it clear that she is wise beyond her years. The Chicago-area singer/songwriter/guitarist has already participated in Kidzapalooza and has been featured on local TV stations to display her talent. She's released an acoustic album titled "Two by Four" and will be participating in her Third Annual Children's Cancer Fundraiser Holiday Benefit Concerts. Fans can donate to the cause by purchasing her song "Christmas Smiles" for a dollar here. If you're anxious to hear the incredible voice this 14-year-old has up her sleeve, then check out her video below”
College News, Ear Candy
"Kate Diaz is a Chicago-area teenage singer-songwriter who, judging by her YouTube channel, writes a lot of songs. I suspect that of all the teen acts at Kidzapalooza this weekend, she's the most likely to graduate to one of the other stages at the festival."
“Promising 14-year-old Northwest suburban folk-pop singer should get the day off to a pleasant start at the well-shaded Kidz oasis.”
Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune
“She’s one of the better songwriters I’ve heard in a long time. She’s like a pretty well-rounded, well-adjusted kid who’s from Chicago and just loves to play music. It’s empowering … if you’re a kid and you see someone near your age playing like that … it’s amazing. That’s pretty inspiring.”
Tor Hyams, Kidzapalooza festival producer, Chicago Sun-Times
“14-year-old Lolla performer Kate Diaz takes WCL stage”
Chicago ABC TV, Windy City Live show
“Chicago area native Kate Diaz gives a preview performance before her breakthrough gig this weekend at Kidzapalooza.”
CHICAGO LIVE!, Chicago Tribune
“The entire set played by 14-year-old Northwest Suburban singer/songwriter/guitarist Kate Diaz, who nailed every stirring song. You heard it here first: You'll likely see her performing on one of the Lolla main stages in a few years.”
Judy Sutton, TimeOut Chicago
“K’NAAN in Chicago: Micro-Moments Create Mega Pleasure - April 2010: Ever since we first saw Kate amaze us at the Metro we knew she was well beyond her years. I watched amazed at the skill and composure of Kate as she nailed the song, ultimately putting a big pleasureful smile of approval on K’naan’s face too. Cheers and a roaring applause erupted after Kate finished strumming the song’s final chord. It was truly a moment where a fan was transforming into an artist right before our very eyes.”
Chris Catania, owner, LiveFix Blog
“Chicago Musician Kate Diaz Wins Berklee Scholarship”
WIF (Women In Film) Announces 2020 Mentorship Class
Broadcast Production Awards MPATH Album "Phenomenal Women Vol. 6" Wins Best Production Music Album 2019
Voyage LA Meet Kate Diaz
The Society for Composers & Lyricists The SCL Announces Eight Mentees For The 2019-2020 LA Mentor Program
Isotope Sonic Blog Sonic Circumstances: Kate Diaz Performs In An Abandoned Bear Cage
Sound Of Boston From Abandoned Hospitals To The Rockwell: Live From Nowhere
TuneCore @tonydesare, @KateDiazMusic, and @BonnieMcKee are just a few of the artists on our Spotify 2015 Holiday Celebration Playlist.
Stubby's Blog The Wrap Album: Kate Diaz.
FireBreath Records Firebreathmas 2015.
WorldArts.com WorldArts September Spotlight Artist is: Kate Diaz!
American Songwriter In Attendance At The Cape May Singer-Songwriter Festival
Recording Festival finalists announced
Radio Airplay Holiday Contest Winners Announced!
Vanyaland CMJ Spotlight Showcase: Kate Diaz
Berklee.edu Boston and Beyond: Berklee's CMJ Music Marathon Showcase
American Songwriter Announcing the Top 5 Finalists for the Secret Road Pub Deal
Unsigned Only Music Competition Semi-finalists announced!
American Songwriter Daily Discovery: Kate Diaz, “Locks”
BestNewBands.com "We're Telling The World About Kate Diaz"
ISC International Songwriting Competition semi-finalists.
Regional Musician music magazine interview
National YoungArts Foundation announces 2014 winners.
Sonicbids Weekly Shoutout Meow-Con 2013.
Cincy Groove Kate Diaz, 9/28/13, Midpoint Music Festival, Know Theatre, Cincinnati, OH.
SonicBids Blog Office Gig with Kate Diaz.
Cincinnati City Beat 2013 Midpoint Music Festival guide.
Dallas Songwriters Song Contest 2013 Winners Announced.
Chicago Tribune A&E "On The Town" - A guide to music at Taste Of Chicago.
Lollapalooza News 2013 Berklee Lolla Endowed Scholarship Recipients.
ISC UnsignedOnly Music Competition 2013 Semi Finalists.
M.E.O.W. Meow Con Announces Confirmed Artists & Speakers.
HuffPost Teen 15-year-old Kate Diaz also used her musical talents as a way to give back.
Illinois Entertainer Around Hear: June 2013.
The Hollywood Sun Interview with Kate Diaz
Cincinnati City Beat First Acts For Midpoint Music Festival 2013 Announced
Chicago Sun-Times The Daily Sizzle: Local acts slted for Taste Of Chicago stage.
RedEye Exclusive: 2013 Taste Of Chicago Bud Light stage lineup.
HuffPost Teen 15-year-old Kate Diaz, used her talents for good back in December.
Independent Music Awards 12th Annual Independent Music Awards Nominees Announced.
International Songwriting Competition 2012 Semi-Finalists announced.
UK Song Contest Acoustic Finalist song "Down To Earth" by Kate Diaz from Chicago was spotted in the contest and picked up by Music Aid International for Music Aid TV and they made it one of their featured songs for 2013.
MASC Song Contest Kate Diaz: Gold 1st Place Winner, Open Category in 29th Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.
Huffington Post Musician Donates Earnings from Holiday Music to Cancer Research.
HooplaHa What Makes You Smile: Christmas Smiles.
National YoungArts Foundation Announces 2013 YoungArts Winners.
ASCAP 2012-2013 ASCAP Plus Awards.
Rocket21 Students Named Grand Prize Winners in “Dream Green” Competition; Meet Former President Jimmy Carter, Sir Richard Branson, Ted Turner, Sylvia Earle, Lisa Jackson.
SongwriterUniverse Year In Review: Spotlighting Our SongwriterUniverse 2012 “Best Song Of The Month” Contest Winners.
SongwriterUniverse Kate Diaz, a promising pop/rock singer/songwriter (from Chicago, IL) who is only 15 years old, has won the SongwriterUniverse “Best Song Of The Month” contest.
Sonicbids Weekly Shoutout Kate Diaz booked by Yellow Phone Music Conference.
OurStage Watch This Video Fridays Video du Jour: Kate Diaz.
11th Annual Mountain Stage NewSong Contest Congratulations To The Following 2012 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest Regional Finalists
Malibu Music Awards 2012 Malibu Music Awards Finalists.
MEOW Musicians for Equal Opportunities for Women Discoveries: Kate Diaz finalist interview.
VENTS Magazine Kate Diaz interview.
MEOW Musicians for Equal Opportunities for Women Discoveries 2012 Playlist Winners Announced.
Milwaukee Summerfest 45th Summerfest Day 4.
Fearless Radio Kate Diaz pre-Summerfest interview & performance.
Anrgirl Monthly Critique “The Hotseat” – June 2012 Kate Diaz.
The Examiner Cheap Trick, Dave Mason, others – Earth Day on the National Mall, April 22, 2012.
Earth Day Network Musical Lineup at Earth Day Rally on the National Mall.
Earth Day Network Arts and Athletes for the Earth artists and athletes committed to green living and environmental awareness.
Berklee Blogs Songwriter Kate Diaz Highlights the Five-Week Program.
ASCAP 2011-2012 ASCAP Plus Awards.
Chicago ABC tv Windy City Live show Singer Kate Diaz performs her holiday tune.
Chicago Acoustic Underground CAU Episode 392 – Artist: Kate Diaz.
CureSearch For Children’s Cancer 14-Year Old Kate Diaz, Singer, Musician, Philanthropist.
Chicago Music Guide Interview with Kate Diaz.
Sonicbids Blog My day at Yellow Phone Music Conference…a highlight for me was seeing Kate Diaz.
Concert Live Wire A hometown effort to showcase bold new music.
JSOnline Tap Milwaukee Meet Saturday’s Yellow Phone Bands, Part Two.
College News Ear Candy College News music contest winners.
KISS-FM Special K Radio An Amazing Young Lady Helps Kids w/Cancer…So Can You.
Chicago Tribune TRIBlocal Top Three Soloists and Groups Announced Following Live Performances at Deer Park Town Center.
Chicago Tribune TRIBlocal Kate Diaz Headlines Lake County Mariposa Festival.
LiveFix Music Blog Why Do These Kids Rock, Jam and Amaze Us So Much? w/ @katediazmusic @KidsTheseDays.
Daily Herald BG Days turns over Main Stage to local musicians.
Buffalo Grove Patch BG Days Main Act: The Music!
WGN Radio 720 broadcast.
ZooGobble A Quick Guide to Kidzapalooza 2011.
TimeOut Chicago Kids Top Moments from Kidzapalooza 2011 | Friday.
Chicago LIVE! August 4 show recap post-show interview.
Chicago LIVE! Chicago Tribune rock critic Greg Kot gives Rick Kogan the lowdown on Lollapalooza and introduces us to Chicagoland native Kate Diaz, a 14-year-old singer/songwriter performing at the Kidzapalooza stage.
Chicago Tribune "Turn It Up" by Greg Kot – Catch If You Can: Kate Diaz.
Chicago ABC tv Windy City Live show 14-year-old Lolla performer Kate Diaz takes WCL stage.
Chicago Sun-Times Lollapalooza’s got lotsa music in store for kids, too.
Journal & Topics Newspapers Kate Diaz: Strumming Right Along.
TheEdgeOnAir Doug Bolin sat down with our Featured Artist for the Month of June 2011...Kate Diaz.
SonicBids Blog Berklee’s Battle of the Bands Congrats to Kate Diaz!
Chicago Tribune TRIBlocal Local Teen Opens for International Superstars in Arlington Heights.
Chicago Tribune TRIBlocal Meet Cathy Richardon and the Macrodots with Kate Diaz June 17.
Berklee College of Music 6 Berklee Singer/Songwriter Finalists in Battle For 5-week.
Chicago Sun-Times Waukegan’s Dandelion Wine fest.
TimeOut Chicago Kids Kidzapalooza 2011 lineup announced.
CLC Radio Kate Diaz gets interviewed live in-studio.
LiveFIX Music Blog Concert Preview: Kate Diaz Opens Righteous Babe Showcase.
Grayslake Patch Acoustic Acts Hit the Oasis.
Val’s List Holiday Snowy Sunday.
LiveFix Music Blog How Is This 13-year-old Musician Using “Christmas Smiles” To Help Fight Children’s Cancer?
LiveFix Music Blog Rocking with K’naan and Smilin’ to Fight Children’s Cancer.
The Indie Music Database Christmas Smiles and a cure for cancer.
Buffalo Grove Patch Teen Musician Brings ‘Christmas Smiles’
We Heart Music Christmas Smiles.
Luna Guitars Blog Making a Difference.
LiveFix Music Blog K’NAAN in Chicago: Micro-Moments Create Mega Pleasure.
Chicago Tribune K’naan’s onstage collaboration with Kate, a local 12-year-old girl he saw playing his work on YouTube.
Luna Guitars Blog Future Guitar Superstar.