K8DS is Chicago pop acoustic songwriter/musician Kate Diaz, b. 1997
Kate Diaz writes all her own songs and has been recognized with numerous awards for her singing and songwriting, including from National YoungArts, ASCAP and Berklee. She is endorsed by Godin Guitars and plays a one hour acoustic show of original pop songs around Chicago, including a few at some of the most well known music festivals and venues in the Chicago area. Through her music, Kate runs a yearly children's cancer fundraiser, and has also been recognized twice as an environmentalist by national organizations. Kate started out on YouTube in 5th grade, and got herself a job playing at her local Potbelly sandwich shop the next year. She debuted twice in Chicago, age 12 at House Of Blues and age 13 at The Metro, as a guest performer of well-known bands who liked her youtube videos of their songs. At 13 Kate also discovered SonicBids, which opened up a whole new world for her, enabling the teenager to get selected online for shows and songwriting competitions in Chicago and beyond. K8 juggles high school and soccer with being a DIY musician, doing all her own booking, websites, poster and album art, videos, copyrighting, digital releases, burning CDs. Kate's passion for music is fueled by all the youtubers who take the time to leave comments, the generous customers at Potbelly and people who come out to shows, and the many incredibly nice musicians and music industry people, both online and in Chicago, who have gone out of their way with encouragement, opportunities, and the guitars that make the music.