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Katharine McPhee

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