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

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