Is it Kate or is it Mia? 

Kate Voegele isn’t just a chatterbox who wields a sharp wit, gruff guitar and blues-blustery vocal style.

The Ohio native plays a similar character on TV, in a plum role. It’s a recurring cameo on the CW’s “One Tree Hill” as Mia, a backup singer for Kevin Federline’s egomaniacal rocker Jason, who zooms past him to stardom. 

There are two videos circulating for her new single, “Only Fooling Myself:” a straightforward one from Voegele and a spooky vampire-themed clip by Mia, guest-starring “Hill” hunk James Lafferty.

Where does Mia end and Kate begin? Even Voegele isn’t so sure anymore.

“Someone actually started a Facebook page for Mia, and began responding to people as if they were me,” says a still-dumbfounded Voegele, 21, who plays the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Thursday.

“They would ‘friend’ people and send them messages, pretending to be Kate, as Mia, which got weird because I’m already on Facebook as Kate Voegele,” she says. “So people would be like, ‘Hey — we haven’t talked to you in a few days on your Mia account. What’s going on?’ For all I know, it might’ve just been some 13-year-old girl having fun. But it was so odd and awkward, it was creepy.”

The petite powerhouse admits that, for her frame and build, she’s “quite loud and outgoing.” It wasn’t always that way. In high school, she recalls being shy, afraid to show any vulnerability to classmates.

Encouraged by her musician father, Will, she picked up guitar, channeled her journal-hidden angst into songwriting, and by age 15, was tracking rough demos with dad — recordings that would lead to a deal with MySpace Records, which just reissued her rock-fueled debut, “Don’t Look Away.”

“So just getting onstage, getting in front of people and showcasing for labels really helped me over time to become who I am today,” she says. “Nowadays, few things make me uncomfortable, and that’s a good way to be.”

The “Hill” gig — which continues into the show’s sixth season — did appear daunting at first, particularly filming scenes with the controversial Federline.

“But K-Fed was the nicest guy,” Voegele says. “And it was so refreshing to work with somebody like that, because so many famous people don’t know that they’re just people — they think they’re God’s gift to the world.”

The character Mia, she says, already has earned her a cavalcade of future film and TV offers.

She adds, “And what’s cool is, Mia’s character is based around the music, so her fans are really fans of Kate Voegele’s music. They’re not coming to my concerts just because I’m on ‘One Tree Hill.’”


IF YOU GO

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., San Francisco

Tickets: $14

Contact: (415) 885-0750 or  www.gamhtickets.com

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