The Full Wiki

Katharine McPhee: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Katharine McPhee

Background information
Birth name Katharine Hope McPhee
Born March 25, 1984 (1984-03-25) (age 25)
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Pop, R&B
Occupations Singer, actress, model
Years active 2006–present
Labels RCA (2006–2008)
Verve Forecast Records (2009–present)[1]

Katharine Hope McPhee (born March 25, 1984) is an American pop singer, songwriter, actress, model, and television personality. She gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of the Fox reality show American Idol in 2006, eventually finishing as the runner-up.

Her self-titled debut album was released on RCA Records on January 30, 2007 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200; it has sold 378,000 copies to date.[2] The album's first single, "Over It", was a Pop Top 30 hit and was certified Gold in 2008.[3] She also established an acting career, most notably co-starring in The House Bunny in 2008.

Her sophomore album, Unbroken was released on Verve Forecast Records on January 5, 2010 and debuted at #27 on the Billboard 200.


Personal life

Born in Los Angeles, California, McPhee moved with her family to Sherman Oaks at age 12. McPhee has been singing since the age of two. Her mother, Patricia Burch McPhee (stage name Peisha Arten), a vocal coach and accomplished cabaret singer, recognized her daughter's musical talent and decided to train her. Her father, Daniel McPhee, is a television producer. McPhee has an older sister, Adriana. McPhee is of Irish, Scottish and German descent.[4]

McPhee attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, where she performed in school plays and musicals. She graduated in 2002.

McPhee attended Boston Conservatory for three semesters, majoring in musical theater. She left the college on the advice of her manager and returned to Los Angeles to try out for television pilots.

McPhee struggled with eating disorders in the past. She told People Magazine that at age 13 she began starving herself and exercising compulsively, and she became bulimic at age 17.[5] McPhee gained weight in college due to her binging. After seven years of illness, she finally entered a three-month rehab program after successfully passing her American Idol audition; her rehab stint ended just before the Idol semifinals started in February 2006.[6] During her run on American Idol, she lost 30 pounds due to eating better as part of her treatment. Now, as she told Teen Vogue in May 2007, "I eat whatever I crave—I'm just really careful about portions."

McPhee and her sister appeared on debut of The Dr. Keith Ablow Show on September 18, 2006, to discuss her struggles with bulimia and her childhood fear of her father.[7] On the show, McPhee stated that she was misdiagnosed with a learning disability during her middle school years but was finally correctly diagnosed with a vision problem that caused her to have trouble reading in class. McPhee claimed she was known as the "pretty, but stupid" girl in school because she had trouble reading.

On February 2, 2008, McPhee married Nick Cokas at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church.[8]

American Idol

McPhee was persuaded by now-husband Nick Cokas and her parents to try out for American Idol. She auditioned in San Francisco, and sang "God Bless the Child", originally performed by Billie Holiday.

After the first round of Hollywood week, she sang "I'll Never Love This Way Again" by Dionne Warwick which earned favorable comments from the judges. During the second round, she performed in a group, singing "I Can't Help Myself" by The Four Tops, forgetting the words, but the judges decided to advance the entire group. During the third round, she sang a Capella of "My Funny Valentine" and advanced to the top 40. She was mad when fellow group member Crystal Stark didn't make the top 24. When she was told that she would be advancing, she kissed all three judges on the lips.

McPhee's run on American Idol led to the popular use of the term "McPheever", coined by Ralph Garman of Los Angeles radio station KROQ's morning show Kevin and Bean.

The inclusion of producer David Foster and singer Andrea Bocelli as guest mentors for Top 6 Week turned out to be a fortuitous introduction for McPhee, as she has worked on various music projects with both men post-Idol.

McPhee visited her former high school for her hometown celebration.[9] Antonio Villaraigosa visited Notre Dame High School and proclaimed McPhee's visit as "Katharine McPhee Day."

Performances and results (during voting weeks)

Week # Theme Song choice Original artist Result
Top 24 (12 Women) Free Choice Since I Fell for You Lenny Welch Safe
Top 20 (10 Women) Free Choice All in Love is Fair Stevie Wonder Safe
Top 16 (8 Women) Free Choice Think Aretha Franklin Safe
Top 12 Stevie Wonder Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) Aretha Franklin Safe
Top 11 The 1950s Come Rain or Come Shine Ella Fitzgerald Safe
Top 10 Songs from The 21st Century The Voice Within Christina Aguilera Bottom 2
Top 9 Country Bringing Out the Elvis Faith Hill Safe
Top 8 Songs by Queen Who Wants to Live Forever Queen Safe
Top 7 The Great American Songbook Someone to Watch Over Me Ella Fitzgerald Safe
Top 6 Great Love Songs I Have Nothing Whitney Houston Top 2
Top 5 One Song From the Year They Were Born (1984)
One Song on the Billboard Charts at the time
Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)
Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
Phil Collins
KT Tunstall
Top 4 Elvis Presley Hound Dog/All Shook Up
Can't Help Falling in Love
Elvis Presley Bottom 2
Top 3 Clive Davis's choice
Judge's Choice (Simon Cowell)
Contestant's Choice
I Believe I Can Fly
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues
R. Kelly
Judy Garland
Ella Fitzgerald
Finale Contestant's Choice
Contestant's Choice
Coronation Song
Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
My Destiny
KT Tunstall
Judy Garland
Katharine McPhee

Music career

2006: Post Idol

On June 6, 2006, Sony BMG and 19 Entertainment announced that McPhee had signed to American Idol series creator Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings Limited and Sony BMG's RCA Records.[10]

McPhee performed at the J.C. Penney Jam: Concert for America's Kids [11] in June 2006 (David Foster was the music director), soloing with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and performing a duet with Andrea Bocelli on "Somos Novios". The concert was telecast on CBS August 22, 2006 and J.C. Penney sold an exclusive CD/DVD of the concert.

McPhee's Idol single, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/My Destiny" was released on June 27, 2006 by RCA Records. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and "My Destiny" peaked at #60.[12] Thirty-two weeks after its release, Somewhere Over the Rainbow/My Destiny had climbed to #4 on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales charts.[13] It was the 2nd highest best-selling single of 2006 after Taylor Hicks's "Do I Make You Proud". "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/My Destiny" continued to chart for more than 58 weeks.

In July, McPhee missed the first 3 weeks of the American Idol Tour due to laryngitis and severe bronchitis.[14] She joined the tour beginning with the July 28 show in Washington, D.C., singing only 2 songs "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" instead of the usual 4 on doctor's orders to conserve her voice. At the August 1 concert in Charlotte, N.C., McPhee suffered a hairline fracture of her foot when she tripped backstage and was fitted with a walking boot cast.[15] Once she recovered from the foot injury, she added "Think" to her concert set.

McPhee recorded a duet with Andrea Bocelli on "Can't Help Falling In Love" for his Under the Desert Sky album, which was released as a CD/DVD package on November 7, 2006.

2007–2008: Katharine McPhee

McPhee's self-titled debut album, Katharine McPhee was released on January 30, 2007 and sold 116,000 copies its first week, debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.[16]

The first single from the album was "Over It", which was officially released on the same day as the album and peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single, "Love Story", was released on May 22, 2007, but failed to crack the Billboard Hot 100.

During the 2007 Christmas holiday season, McPhee released a Christmas single "O Come All Ye Faithful".

On January 11, 2008, it was reported by that McPhee had been released from her contract with RCA Records, through speculation that the label was dissatisfied with lack of overall sales of her debut album. A spokesperson for the label confirmed this in a statement reading: "Katharine McPhee has moved on to support her other entertainment activities. She is going to record her next album on her own."[17]

McPhee appeared on Idol judge Randy Jackson's album Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1, which was released on March 11, 2008. McPhee recorded a duet of "Real Love" with fellow American Idol 5 contestant Elliott Yamin. "Real Love" was released as a second single due to the high popularity of the song on Itunes.

On March 12, 2008, McPhee returned to the American Idol stage during the Top 12 results night of the seventh season of the competition. She performed the Beatles song "Something", with producer David Foster, on piano. After the performance, Foster indicated that he and McPhee were collaborating on her second studio album (though it ended up that he was not part of the finished product).

McPhee took part in the David Foster tribute concert Hit Man: David Foster & Friends, which was filmed by PBS, in May 2008.[18] She soloed on "Somewhere" and performed a duet of "The Prayer" with Andrea Bocelli. A CD/DVD of the concert was released in November 2008. The show was shown several times on PBS starting in December 2008 under their "Great Performances" title.

David Foster recorded a new song entitled, "I Will Be There With You" for Japan Airlines (JAL), with McPhee on vocals. Starting about June, 2008, it was used to promote the introduction of new aircraft to JAL's US flights.[19]

On July 16, 2008, McPhee released a cover of the song "I Know What Boys Like", featuring the other cast members of the movie The House Bunny.

McPhee recorded a cover of the song "Connected" for the Mattel movie Barbie and the Diamond Castle. McPhee's version of the song was produced by Room For Two and a music video was also recorded to be featured on the movie's DVD. The video and song are available on the movie's website.[20] The soundtrack CD and movie DVD and Blu-ray were released for sale in September 2008.

McPhee took part in the concert Chris Botti: Live In Boston, which was filmed by PBS, in September 2008.[21] She sang "I've Got You Under My Skin" accompanied by Chris Botti on trumpet. The concert was shown several times on PBS starting in January 2009. The CD/DVD and Blu-ray were released March 31, 2009.

McPhee recorded the song "Let Your Heart Sing" for the soundtrack CD of the Disney movie Tinker Bell. The movie DVD and the soundtrack CD were released in October 2008.[22]

2009–present: Unbroken

It was announced on January 27, 2009 that McPhee signed a new record deal with Verve Forecast Records (part of the Verve Music Group under Universal Music Group). "The album she is working on will show many new sides to her talents as an interpreter and a songwriter, and show everyone just how special she is," Verve Music Group president/CEO Bruce Resnikoff says.[1]

For her second effort, titled Unbroken, McPhee worked with producer John Alagia. The BMI song repertoire indicates that she worked with a large range of writers including Richard Marx, Troy Verges, and Barry Dean.

The first single from the album, "Had It All" was released to McPhee's myspace page and made available for purchase on iTunes on August 25, 2009. The single was released to AC and Hot AC radio on September 21. The song is also a track on the Now That's What I Call Music, Vol 32 compilation CD that was released November 3, 2009.[23]

A Christmas single "I'll Be Home for Christmas" was released November 17, 2009 for purchase on iTunes and to AC radio.

Unbroken was released January 5, 2010 and debuted at #27 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 15,000 copies its first week.[24]

McPhee took part in the United Negro College Fund's "An Evening of Stars" concert that was a tribute to singer/songwriter Lionel Richie. McPhee sang You Are. The concert was filmed September 12, 2009 and broadcast nationwide in syndication and on BET the weekend of January 23-24, 2010. A 2-disc DVD of the concert is available through a donation to the United Negro College Fund.

On February 1, 2010, McPhee joined over 75 other musicians for a remake of "We Are the World", retitled "We Are the World 25 for Haiti", which marked the 25th anniversary of the iconic song and for which proceeds will go to Haitian earthquake relief.[25] McPhee was part of the group chorus.

During the week of February 8, 2010, in the pre-taped Hollywood Week portion of Season 9 of American Idol, contestant Didi Benami was shown singing "Terrified", a song on the Unbroken album and written by Idol judge Kara DioGuardi. As a result of the exposure on Idol, digital downloads of the song rose nearly 10,000% from the week before, selling about 20,000 copies for the week, for a total of 22,000 sold at that point.[26]


Acting career

McPhee was cast (during the time she had dropped out of college and was auditioning in Los Angeles) in a mall-based MTV soap opera pilot entitled You Are Here, playing the older sister of a more popular younger sister. MTV never aired the pilot and didn't pick up the series.[27]

McPhee had a small role as "Paramount Girl" in the 2007 musical film Crazy, based on the life of Hank Garland.[28] McPhee filmed the role in early 2005, before she auditioned for American Idol.

In early 2007, McPhee guest-starred in the web series, lonelygirl15 as an unnamed character in the episode "Truth Or Dare".[29]

McPhee made a cameo appearance as herself on the ABC show Ugly Betty in the episode "I'm Coming Out".[30] The episode was broadcast Feb 1, 2007.

McPhee made her studio acting debut in the comedy The House Bunny (formerly known as I Know What Boys Like), co-starring as one of the few members of a misfit sorority. The movie starred Anna Faris as a playboy bunny who took the girls under her wing. It was directed by Fred Wolf for Columbia Pictures and Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions. The film was released in August 2008 and co-starred Rumer Willis, Emma Stone, Colin Hanks, and Tyson Ritter.

In 2009, McPhee landed a lead role in a romantic-comedy, tentatively titled You May Not Kiss the Bride.[31] The budget was set at $6 million. The movie filmed for 5 weeks in March and April 2009 in Oahu, Hawaii. McPhee played the role of Masha, alongside Dave Annable. The film is scheduled to be released sometime in 2010.[32]

McPhee guest starred on the CBS show CSI: NY in the episode "Prey" as a singer and stalker victim who murdered her stalker. The episode was broadcast April 8, 2009.[33][34]

McPhee joined forces with fellow actresses Alyson Hannigan, Jaime King, Minka Kelly and Emily Deschanel in a video slumber party made available in October 2009 and featured on and other Internet platforms in a comedic take to promote regular breast cancer screenings for the organization Stand Up To Cancer.[35]

McPhee guest starred on the NBC comedy Community in the episode "Basic Genealogy" as Chevy Chase's stepdaughter and potential love interest for Joel McHale's character. The episode was broadcast March 11, 2010. [36]

McPhee will be making her TV pilot debut in a new comedy show for NBC "The Pink House." McPhee will play Emily, a down-to-earth Midwest girl new to Manhattan Beach. [37] The pilot will be shot as a possible pickup for the Fall 2010 season and is being produced by Conan O'Brien's production company, with O'Brien as executive producer.[38] Shooting is currently scheduled to take place April 9, 2010.[39]


Year Film Role Notes
2007 lonelygirl15 Random Girl Web series guest role; episode: "Truth or Dare"
Ugly Betty Herself Television guest role; episode: "I'm Coming Out"
Crazy Paramount Girl Movie; Cameo
2008 The House Bunny Harmony Movie; Supporting role
2009 CSI: NY Odessa Shaw / Dana Melton Television guest role; episode: "Prey"
2010 You May Not Kiss the Bride Masha Movie; Co-star; post-production
Community Amber Television guest role; episode: "Basic Genealogy"
The Soup Herself Television; appearance; episode: "The Soup Awards 2010"
The Pink House[37] Emily Television lead role; Pilot; in-production


In March 2005, McPhee starred as Annie Oakley in a Los Angeles-based production of the musical "Annie Get Your Gun".[40] McPhee was nominated for an L.A. Stage Ovation Award in the category of "Lead Actress in a Musical".[41]

On February 22, 2010, McPhee made her professional theatre debut at the prestigious Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in a one-night only production of 110 Stories, directed by Mark Freiburger. She co-starred alongside Ed Asner, Diane Venora, Gail O'Grady, John Hawkes, Malcolm-Jamal Warner and many others. The play was a benefit to help the victims of the recent Haiti earthquake. Proceeds went to the Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles.[42]

Major product endorsements

McPhee signed a two-year endorsement deal in 2006 with Sexy Hair Concepts to become their first celebrity spokesperson for their hair-care product line.[43]

In 2008, McPhee signed a two-year endorsement deal with Neutrogena to become the new spokesperson for their anti-acne skin-care product line. In March 2008, she filmed her first commercial, which began airing on television in May 2008 and on Neutrogena's website.[44]


In 2006, McPhee founded a charity called McPhee Outreach. The purpose of the charity is to team up with other foundations or organizations and help in any way possible.[45]

The foundation teamed up with The Lollipop Theater Network to provide music outreach (called "Rhythm of Hope") to sick children in Southern California hospitals.[46]

McPhee Outreach teamed up with Global Compassion Services to build a preschool in the poor West African nation of Burkina Faso to help combat that nation's high illiteracy rate.[45]

McPhee appeared on the Jan 19, 2009 episode of the reality show The Biggest Loser (its ninth season) in the show's Pound for Pound Challenge segment (an initiative to challenge viewers to get healthy while helping to fight hunger in their own communities). McPhee was shown volunteering at a Los Angeles food bank and meeting with children at a Boys and Girls Club and talking about the importance of helping to fight hunger in America.

Beauty lists

In mid-2007, McPhee was named one of the year's 100 Most Beautiful People by People; she was photographed with no make-up on. She was also voted #2 on FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in The World of 2007 and #47 on Maxim's Hot 100 Women of 2007. At the end of 2007, AOL Readers placed her as the Number 1 Sexiest American Idol contestant ever. In 2008 she was voted #38 on FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in The World and #43 on’s Top 99. In 2009 she was voted number #64 on’s Top 99.

Awards and nominations


  1. ^ a b Katharine McPhee signs with Verve
  2. ^ Idol Chatter 07-15-2009
  3. ^
  4. ^ Save Ellis Island – Katharine McPhee page
  5. ^ MTV article
  6. ^ Katharine McPhee's Bulimia Battle – Katharine McPhee :
  7. ^ "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution". "American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee reveals reading disorder and struggles with father to talk show host Dr. Keith Ablow.. Retrieved September 15, 2006. 
  8. ^ "Idol" Katharine McPhee Weds
  9. ^ High school fever for 'American Idol' finalist Katharine McPhee
  10. ^ Katharine McPhee Signs Record Deal – Katharine McPhee :
  11. ^ J.C. Penney Jam – The Concert for America's Kids
  12. ^ Chart Beat,, July 6, 2006, accessed July 26, 2006
  13. ^ "Hot Singles Sales: Issue date 2007-02-17". Retrieved 2007-02-11. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ Katharine McPhee Breaks Her Foot
  16. ^ Jonathan Cohen, "Better 'Late' Than Never: Jones Debuts At No. 1",, February 7, 2007.
  17. ^ Katharine McPhee: the latest Idol to go indie
  18. ^ Great Performances: Hit Man: David Foster and Friends
  19. ^ YouTube – Katharine McPhee – I WIll Be There With You (Demo Version)
  20. ^
  21. ^ Chris Botti plays with Boston Pops, pop stars
  22. ^
  23. ^ Now 32 Listing
  24. ^ Idol Chatter 01-13-2010 "Album Sales: Carrie Underwood plays on; Katharine McPhee debuts"
  25. ^ "Complete list of We Are the World participants"
  26. ^ Idol Chatter 02-17-10 "Track sales: 'We Are the World' and the power of Didi Benami"
  27. ^ "Ask Ausiello" column, May 31, 2006, accessed July 26, 2006
  28. ^ Crazy at the Internet Movie Database
  29. ^ Katharine McPhee to be on 'LonelyGirl15'
  30. ^ Ugly Betty at Internet Movie Database
  31. ^ 'You May Not Kiss the Bride' press release
  32. ^ Hawaii Film Partners has landed American Idol runnerup Katharine McPhee
  33. ^ CSI:NY collars an American Idol
  34. ^ FIRST LOOK: Katharine McPhee on CSI: New York
  35. ^ Kate Stanhope (1 October 2009). "Deschanel, Hannigan and Others Cop a Feel for a Cause". Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  36. ^ The Futon Critic: Shows A-Z - Community on NBC
  37. ^ a b The Hollywood Reporter 03/01/2010: Katharine McPhee making TV pilot debut
  38. ^ All Headline News: NBC picks up Conan-produced pilot starring Katharine McPhee
  39. ^ Free TV Studio Audience Tickets (Pink House pilot taping
  40. ^ Sharpshooting rivals battle on Thousand Oaks stage
  41. ^ 2005 Ovation Winners
  42. ^ 110 - Stories Benefit
  43. ^ Sexy Hair Signs 'Idol' McPhee
  44. ^ Neutrogena Introduces SkinId
  45. ^ a b Katharine McPhee page at
  46. ^ Lollipop Theater Network
  47. ^ Young Hollywood Awards 2007

External links

Simple English

Katharine McPhee
Birth name Katharine Hope McPhee
Born March 25, 1984 (1984-03-25) (age 26)
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Pop
Years active 2006—present
Labels RCA
19 (2006-present)

Katharine Hope McPhee (born March 25, 1984) is an American Pop/R&B singer. She was the runner-up to Taylor Hicks on the fifth season of the television show American Idol in 2006. Her first album, named Katharine McPhee, was released January 30, 2007.

Other websites

Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address