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September 12, 2008

Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee is an American pop & R&B singer, actress and model who was the runner-up on the fifth season of American Idol in 2006.

McPhee was persuaded by 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. Antonio Villaraigosa visited Notre Dame High School and proclaimed McPhee's visit as "Katharine McPhee Day."

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.

On June 9-11, 2006, McPhee performed with Andrea Bocelli at 3 of his California concerts. They sang duets of "The Prayer" and "Somos Novios".

McPhee performed at the J.C. Penney Jam: Concert for America's Kids in June 2006, 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 JC 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. Thirty-two weeks after its release, Somewhere Over the Rainbow/My Destiny had climbed to #4 on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales charts. 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.

McPhee performed 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.

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.

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 song's music video hit #1 on both TRL and VH1's Top 20 countdown, maintaining the top position on VH1 for 3 consecutive weeks. The video also hit #1 on MTV Asia's Pop 10 Chart for 12 consecutive weeks.

On May 22, 2007, RCA released "Love Story", the second single from McPhee's debut album. "Love Story" failed to crack the Billboard Hot 100, though it did reach #38 on the Canadian Hot 100, and its video stayed at #1 on MTV Asia for 5 consecutive weeks.

On January 11, 2008, it was reported by Billboard.com 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."

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 Grammy-winning producer David Foster, on piano. After the performance, Foster confirmed that he and McPhee were collaborating on her second studio album.

On June 11, 2008, McPhee and David Foster released a new song entitled, "I Will Be There With You" for Japan Airlines (JAL). It was used to promote the introduction of new aircraft to JAL's US flights.

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 have now been released on the movie's website. The soundtrack CD and movie DVD were released for sale in September 2008.

McPhee recorded the song "Let Your Heart Sing" for the Disney movie Tinker Bell. The movie DVD and the soundtrack CD (featuring the song) were released in October 2008.

McPhee took part in the David Foster tribute concert Hit Man: David Foster & Friends, which was filmed by PBS, in May 2008. 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.

McPhee took part in the concert Chris Botti: Live In Boston, which was filmed by PBS, in September 2008 . She sang "I've Got You Under My Skin" accompanied by Chris Botti on trumpet. The show was shown several times on PBS starting in January 2009. The CD/DVD is scheduled to be released in March 2009.

It was announced on January 27, 2009 that McPhee signed a new record deal with Verve Records and that her album would be out by the end of the year. "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. Verve is a label group under Universal Music.


During her stint on American Idol, and thereafter, McPhee's beauty didn't go unnoticed. She was named one of the 100 Most Beautiful People of 2007 by People magazine. She was voted No. 2 on FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in The World of 2007, and was also No. 47 on Maxim's Hot 100 Women of 2007. Her sex appeal oozes from her deep cleavage and her wholesome farm-girl nature that men throughout the world love. And if you've seen her smoky-eyed photo spreads, you know that she beckons you to continue gawking, which is why she was voted as No. 43 on AskMen.com's Top 99 Most Desirable Women list in 2008.


Although Katharine McPhee may have been the most popular contestant during American Idol's fifth season, she failed to take home the prize. Fortunately, RCA was able to see her potential and quickly signed her to a record deal. Her first album, Katharine McPhee, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200 chart and her first single, "Over It," charted in the Top 30.

Birth name: Katharine Hope McPhee
Born: March 25, 1984
Origin: Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres: Pop, R&B
Years active: 2006—present
Label: RCA Records (2006—2008); Verve Records (2009—present)

Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee


  1. She's beautiful!

  2. I had a crush on her when I saw her the frist time, truly amazing.

  3. She seems flawless! Each picture and setting reveals another aspect to her beauty.

  4. Shez just GR88888888