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Katharine McPhee

Though Taylor Hicks' quirky soulfulness made him 2006's American Idol, runner-up Katharine McPhee's classic good looks and voice, and her affinity for traditional pop, made her a strong contender throughout the season. In fact, she was one of the first semi-finalists to make it to the final 12. A native of Sherman Oaks, California, McPhee began singing at age two. Her mother, Patricia McPhee, is an established singer in her own right, performing and recording as Peisha McPhee. She helped Katharine develop as a vocalist and gave her more formal training than many American Idol hopefuls receive. Though McPhee sang and acted throughout her childhood and high school years, she began taking singing more seriously in college, attending Boston Conservatory as a musical theater major. After three semesters, however, she left for Los Angeles to audition for film and television work. McPhee scored roles in the film Crazy, a musical about Hank Garland, and an MTV series, You Are Here, which didn't make it to the air. She also appeared in productions of Annie Get Your Gun and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir before auditioning for American Idol in 2005. Once McPhee made the final 12, her performances of songs such as "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Come Rain or Come Shine," and "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" made her one of the favorites of American Idol judges and viewers. After the American Idol season ended, McPhee was signed by show creator Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings Limited label and released her first single, Somewhere Over the Rainbow/My Destiny; it became the second best-selling single of 2006. That summer, after bouts with bronchitis and laryngitis, she joined the rest of the finalists and Hicks on the American Idols LIVE! tour and also toured with Andrea Bocelli, who appeared on American Idol as a guest judge. McPhee began recording her self-titled debut album in the fall, working with collaborators such as Timbaland's production partner, Nate "Danja Hand" Hills, Chad Hugo of the Neptunes, and songwriter Kara DioGuardi. "Over It," which was written by the songwriting team of Billy Steinberg, Josh Alexander, and Ruth-Anne Cunningham, arrived a few weeks before Katharine McPhee was released in early 2007. In 2010, McPhee returned with the holiday-themed album Christmas Is a Time...To Say I Love You. McPhee turned her attention to acting in 2011, landing a pivotal role on NBC's Smash. The music-based soap ran for two seasons and, additionally, McPhee appeared in the 2011 indie films You May Not Kiss the Bride and Peace, Love & Misunderstanding. In 2014, she landed the lead role in the CBS drama Scorpion. As the show was leading up to its second season in 2015, McPhee returned to music, releasing the single "Lick My Lips" that April. It was a teaser for a full-length record called Hysteria, which was her first pop album in five years. ~ Heather Phares
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Katharine McPhee

  1.   Song
  2.   Jingle Bells
  3.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  4.   White Christmas
  5.   Silver Bells
  6.   Christmas Is the Time
  7.   It's Not Christmas Without You
  8.   Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  9.   Round Your Little Finger
  10.   Medley: O Little Town of Bethlehem/Away in a Manger
  11.   Who Would Imagine a King
  12.   O Holy Night
  13.   Touch Me
  14.   Over It
  15.   Better off Alone
  16.   Burn
  17.   Surrender
  18.   Only One
  19.   Brighter Than the Sun
  20.   Think
  21.   Break
  22.   Hysteria
  23.   The 20th Century Fox Mambo
  24.   Shake It Out
  25.   Beautiful
  26.   Say Goodbye
  27.   City of Lost Souls (Intro)
  28.   Do What You Do
  29.   Neglected
  30.   Open Toes
  31.   Not Ur Girl
  32.   Love Story
  33.   O Come All Ye Faithful
  34.   Damage Control
  35.   My Destiny
  36.   Stranger Than Fiction
  37.   Unbroken
  38.   Terrified
  39.   It's Not Right
  40.   How
  41.   Faultline
  42.   Anybody's Heart
  43.   Had It All
  44.   Real Love by Elliot Yamin
  45.   Home
  46.   Touch Me
  47.   Keep Drivin'
  48.   Everywhere I Go
  49.   Night and Day
  50.   Don't Need Love
  51.   Love Strikes
  52.   Somewhere by David Foster
  53.   Dangerous
  54.   Ordinary World
  55.   Last Letter
  56.   Brand New Key
  57.   Let Your Heart Sing by Disney
  58.   Feather
  59.   Each Other
  60.   What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
  61.   Lifetime
  62.   Lick My Lips
  63.   Appetite
  64.   Who Can I Turn To
  65.   Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)
  66.   Everything Must Change
  67.   All the Way
  68.   I'll Be Seeing You
  69.   I Fall in Love Too Easily
  70.   I've Grown Accustomed to His Face
  71.   It Never Entered My Mind
  72.   Blame It on My Youth

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