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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.   Silver Bells
  5.   White Christmas
  6.   Christmas Is the Time
  7.   It's Not Christmas Without You
  8.   Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  9.   Over It
  10.   O Holy Night
  11.   Round Your Little Finger
  12.   Touch Me
  13.   Who Would Imagine a King
  14.   Better off Alone
  15.   Medley: O Little Town of Bethlehem/Away in a Manger
  16.   Ordinary World
  17.   Home
  18.   Everywhere I Go
  19.   Somewhere
  20.   The 20th Century Fox Mambo
  21.   Beautiful
  22.   Unbroken
  23.   Terrified
  24.   Keep Drivin'
  25.   Brand New Key
  26.   My Destiny
  27.   Only One
  28.   Appetite
  29.   Stranger Than Fiction
  30.   Burn
  31.   Feather
  32.   Brighter Than the Sun
  33.   Lifetime
  34.   Last Letter
  35.   It's Not Right
  36.   How
  37.   Faultline
  38.   Anybody's Heart
  39.   Each Other
  40.   Love Story
  41.   Open Toes
  42.   Shake It Out
  43.   Say Goodbye
  44.   What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
  45.   Surrender
  46.   City of Lost Souls (Intro)
  47.   Had It All
  48.   Let Your Heart Sing by Disney
  49.   Dangerous
  50.   Think
  51.   Don't Need Love
  52.   Damage Control
  53.   Break
  54.   Hysteria
  55.   Do What You Do
  56.   Not Ur Girl
  57.   Real Love by Elliot Yamin
  58.   Love Strikes
  59.   Touch Me
  60.   Neglected
  61.   Lick My Lips
  62.   O Come All Ye Faithful
  63.   Connected
  64.   I'll Be Home For Christmas
  65.   Bonus Material
  66.   O Little Town of Bethlehem/Away In a Manger
  67.   Oh Holy Night
  68.   It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

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