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This is the sixth in a week-long series of spotlights on the bands and artists performing at our CMJ party with Berklee College of Music this Friday, October 24 at Carroll Place in New York City. Seven Berklee-affiliated acts will participate in Boston & Beyond, an official CMJ Music Marathon showcase that is free to badgeholders and open to the general public (RSVP here). Doors are at 8 p.m. and the show runs until after 1 a.m. More info can be found here and here. To listen to all the participating bands, fire up our Soundcloud playlist.

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Kate Diaz, 9:30 p.m. set time

Singer-songwriter prodigy Kate Diaz may not be old enough to buy a cocktail at Carroll Place tomorrow, but she’ll do a bit of intoxicating of her own once she hits the stage.

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.”

You can read all the reviews, and there are many, on her homepage bio. But the songs should do the loudest talking, and you can get to know Kate Diaz via the links below…

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Follow Kate Diaz on Twitter for CMJ updates and other news…


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