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In March 2022, Leah Kate released "10 Things I Hate About You." By summer, it was receiving radio play, and crowds were screaming the words back at her during shows. It became the singer-songwriter's first charting song, establishing her as a legit pop star.
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Leah Kate Breaks Out with '10 Things I Hate About You'

The singer is set to play Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama

For the first few years of her career, Leah Kate was on a steady rise. Her 2021 album What Just Happened? included fan favorites like "F U Anthem" and "Fuck Up the Friendship."

But recently, things have really taken off. She just finished a European tour with Madison Beer, and her latest single "10 Things I Hate About You" has quickly become a viral hit. Thanks to TikTok, the post grunge-inspired song has accumulated more than 35 million streams in just a few weeks.

Before she plays Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, Ala. on May 21, the LA native talked to Jordan Edwards about the success of "10 Things" and the evolution of her sound.

Leah Kate on "10 Things I Hate About You" and Hangout Fest!


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07.02.18 | As you can tell, I love female artists. I love to sing along with a lot of the music I listen to, which is why my playlist is heavy female pop vocals (my style). I also love to sing music that challenges my vocal style. All of the artists on these playlists are huge inspirations to me musically. The music enlightens and inspires me massively and are picks that I could sing all day long.

Listen and watch as Leah Kate performs an acoustic version of "I See You."

Leah Kate's musical mission? "I just want to make dope music that people can get fucked up to, dance to, have a good time to, and relate to." Job well done, Ms. Kate. The up-and-coming artist is doing just that with the release of her first EP and her hot first single, "I See You." "It didn't come from the happiest place, but I turned it into something people could have a good time to," Kate explains about the track. And with her infectious pop sound and undeniable talent, listeners will be sure to enjoy themselves when her music is playing. Just what she had in mind.

From California to New York, Kate took her desires to pursue her passion and ran with it. From as young as five-years-old, her family saw something special in their star-to-be, and now that Kate is ready to shine, she is lighting up in the pop world.

Her EP is a cool collection of songs we can relate to, filled with the passion that pours in from the ups and downs of relationships. "I See You" is intense and emotional, with Kate's determination to "help shape other people's days and lives and experiences and help them feel inspired and connect with one another." "We see you," Kate.

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