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Catherine Davis "Kate" Higgins is an American voice actress, singer and jazz pianist. She is the current voice actress for Wave the Swallow and was the voice of Miles "Tails" Prower in Sonic Free Riders and Sonic Colors.[1]

In 2014 she was replaced as Tails by Colleen O'Shaughnessey,[2] who is also the current voice of Charmy Bee.


Kate grew up in Auburn, Alabama. Her major voice roles have been in English-language adaptations of Japanese anime, and she is best known as the voice of Sakura Haruno in Naruto. She has also voiced C.C. in Code Geass and Saber in the original Fate/stay Night. Between 2010 and 2013, she voiced Tails in the video game series Sonic the Hedgehog.

She also voices Kate, Stinky, and Lilly in the Alpha and Omega sequels. She became the voice of Ami Mizuno / Sailor Mercury in the Viz English dub of Sailor Moon in 2014, as well as the voice of Mario character Pauline in Super Mario Odyssey in 2017, for which she also performed the in-character vocals for the game's theme song, "Jump Up, Super Star!" and Starla in Nick Jr.'s Blaze and the Monster Machines.

Kate earned a degree in music from Auburn University in 1991. She is a trained pianist who studied with the jazz artist Bob Richardson. She plays piano and has worked as a sideperson for many musicians. She released the first jazz album by her own name The Tide is Low in 2002. The second jazz album is Stealing Freedom. She is also in a band called Upper Structure. This features the same lineup as Melissa Fahn's R&B band in her album Avignon. They released one album called 6 by 5.




Video games


Voice acting


Kate is one of the most well received castings of the 2010 recasting, with many fans praising her as the best Tails voice yet for sounding like a boy, a criticism common of that her Precursor, and for being able to emote properly, a common criticism of the adventure castings.[citation needed] In the review of Sonic Free Riders by IGN they had praised the new voices especially Tails' saying that he finally sounds like a boy.[3]


  • Apparently Kate auditioned for the role as Tails for Sonic Boom, but did not get the part for unknown reasons. She also had a feeling she would not get the part.[4]
  • It is currently unknown why she was auditioning or replaced for Sonic Boom as she had been voicing Tails during development and the other current cast had reprised their roles. Additionally, while Kate returned to voice Wave in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, she did not voice Tails in the same game, the latter still being played by Colleen O'Shaughnessey.


  1. Sega America Blog | Out of the Mouths of Hedgehogs
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog official Twitter. Retrieved on 2014-26-02. “Sonic the Hedgehog: We would like to express our gratitude to Kate Higgins for her many years of service as the voice of Tails. / Uncle Festive: So, is Kate no longer voicing Tails in the main series either? / Sonic the Hedgehog: Yes, Colleen Villard is the voice of Tails moving forward for all Sonic the Hedgehog titles.”

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