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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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Stations Featuring
Katharine McPhee

    Breakup Songs

    Breakup Songs
    2 songs

    Workout Songs

    Workout Songs
    1 song

    Oldies Holiday

    Oldies Holiday
    1 song

Albums by
Katharine McPhee

Top Songs by
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.   Over It
  10.   Touch Me
  11.   Better off Alone
  12.   Who Would Imagine a King
  13.   O Holy Night
  14.   Medley: O Little Town of Bethlehem/Away in a Manger
  15.   Brand New Key
  16.   The 20th Century Fox Mambo
  17.   Shake It Out
  18.   Surrender
  19.   Last Letter
  20.   Love Story
  21.   Touch Me
  22.   Let Your Heart Sing by Disney
  23.   Faultline
  24.   Do What You Do
  25.   Real Love by Elliot Yamin
  26.   Home
  27.   Beautiful
  28.   Say Goodbye
  29.   Unbroken
  30.   City of Lost Souls (Intro)
  31.   Dangerous
  32.   Neglected
  33.   Everywhere I Go
  34.   Lick My Lips
  35.   Terrified
  36.   Lifetime
  37.   How
  38.   Had It All
  39.   Somewhere
  40.   Ordinary World
  41.   Each Other
  42.   My Destiny
  43.   O Come All Ye Faithful
  44.   Keep Drivin'
  45.   It's Not Right
  46.   Anybody's Heart
  47.   Open Toes
  48.   Not Ur Girl
  49.   Brighter Than the Sun
  50.   Think
  51.   What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
  52.   Connected
  53.   I'll Be Home For Christmas
  54.   Bonus Material
  55.   O Little Town of Bethlehem/Away In a Manger
  56.   Oh Holy Night
  57.   It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  58.   Hysteria
  59.   Feather
  60.   Burn
  61.   Stranger Than Fiction
  62.   Break
  63.   Appetite
  64.   Love Strikes
  65.   Round Your Little Finger
  66.   Only One
  67.   Damage Control
  68.   Don't Need Love

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