Katharine McPhee
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Los Angeles, California, USA
5' 8''
Famous for:
Runner-up on the 5th season of American Idol
Singer, Actress
Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, California
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American Idol Runner Up


“How could (this) not be fun? We're working with so many different legends.” Katharine McPhee (about “American Idol”)

Initially a struggling actress trying to get a break, Katharine McPhee, who began singing at age 2, was hurled towards stardom in 2006 as the runner-up on the 5th season of Fox’s hit talent search show “American Idol,” where she lost out to gray haired blues singer Taylor Hicks. After releasing her debut single, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/My Destiny" in June 2006, which rose to #4 on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales charts, McPhee released a self-titled debut album in January 2007 that spawned the singles "Over It" and "Love Story."

Meanwhile, she also co-starred as a knocked up sorority girl named Harmony in the hit romantic comedy film "The House Bunny" (2008) and will next be seen alongside Wes Bentley in the upcoming indie suspense thriller "The Storyteller."

“I've definitely struggled with body image stuff. But now I'm more confident.” Katharine McPhee

This 5' 8'' gorgeous girl with a flawless voice, who battled with the Bulimia eating disorder, was named one of People Magazine's “100 Most Beautiful People” (2007), FHM's “100 Sexiest Women in The World” (2007), and Maxim's “Hot 100 Women” (2007). She recently signed a two-year endorsement deal with Neutrogena to become the new spokesperson for their skin-care product line.

"It's so important to have positive, beautiful women as influences." Katharine McPhee

McPhee married stage performer-turned-producer Nick Cokas, who is 19 years her senior, in September 2007.


Childhood and Family:

Daughter of Peisha Burch McPhee, a vocal coach and accomplished cabaret singer, and Daniel McPhee, a TV producer, Katharine Hope McPhee was born on March 25, 1984, in Los Angeles, California. She has an older sister named Adrianna (born June 30, 1982), who is an aspiring producer. At age 12, she moved with her parents and sister to the Sherman Oaks neighborhood.

“I was prematurely developed as a freshman, I looked like a junior. I had boobs. Some of the older kids saw me in the yearbook and said I was cute. I came from an all-girl school. I was determined to get a boyfriend!” Katharine McPhee

In 2002, McPhee graduated from Notre Dame High School, in Sherman Oaks, California, in which she was a swimmer and thespian. She then studied musical theater at The Boston Conservatory, which she dropped out of after three semesters to audition for TV pilots in Los Angeles.

On September 28, 2007, McPhee began dating stage performer-turned-producer Nick Cokas, who is 19 years her senior. They were married on February 2, 2008, in a Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church with her “American Idol” roommate Kellie Pickler as her bridesmaid. McPhee has a goddaughter who was born during her run in Hollywood.

"(Nick) is the love of my life. This is a once in a lifetime occasion and everything is just perfect." Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee, nicknamed McPheever, Kat, or Kat Pack, is left handed. In mid 2006, she admitted she had suffered with bulimia for five years, even into the early stages of the “American Idol” season, but says she's finally conquered the eating disorder.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow/My Destiny


At the tender age of 2, Katharine McPhee, whose idol is Whitney Houston, began singing and was mentored by her vocal coach and accomplished cabaret singer mother, Peisha Burch McPhee. While in grade school, she fell in love with performing and decided to study musical theatre at the Boston Conservatory, which she left after three semesters to audition for TV pilots in Los Angeles.

The aspiring actress soon snagged the title role in the 1946 musical “Annie Get Your Gun” in March 2005 at the Cabrillo Music Theatre in Thousand Oaks, California. The following summer, she went on to headline the musical by Scott DeTurk and Bill Francoeur that was based on the book by R.A. Dick, “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir,” at the NoHo Arts Center, in North Hollywood, California, in June 2005.

Meanwhile, the struggling actress appeared on TV in the short-lived “You Are Here.” She also played a small role in director Rick Bieber's biographical film inspired by the life of legendary guitar player Hank Garland, “Crazy” (2005), starring Waylon Payne, Ali Larter, Lane Garrison, and Scott Michael Campbell.

“I am going to do everything I ever dreamed of. Be it Broadway, TV, or film.” Katharine McPhee

With the encouragement of her mother and boyfriend, McPhee decided to make a trip to San Francisco in 2005 to audition for the fifth season of “American Idol.” With her flawless voice, McPhee stunned the judges with her beautiful rendition of Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child." When she made it into the final 24 contestants in season 5, McPhee kissed all three “American Idol” judges on the lips. She eventually came in second place on May 24, 2006, next to “American Idol” season 5 winner Taylor Hicks. During the “American Idol” finale, she won a black Ford Mustang.

On coming second to Hicks, McPhee commented, "I don't need sad faces or anyone to feel bad for me. I have got a record deal, pretty much. It wasn't about winning the title. I just wanted to give the best performance I could.”

After “Idol,” McPhee signed with "American Idol" series creator Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings Limited and Sony BMG's RCA Records. She subsequently released her debut single, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/My Destiny," on June 27, 2006. It was the second best-selling single of 2006 after Taylor Hicks' "Do I Make You Proud?/Takin' It To the Streets" before finally falling out of the top ten in its 36th week and jumping back into the top 10 in its 41st week. During this time, she also sang “Can't Help Falling in Love” on Andrea Bocelli's album “Under the Desert Sky” (2006), sang a duet with Bocelli on the song “Somos Novios” for the “JC Penney Jam” album (2006), and toured with Bocelli performing duets on three concerts during that year.

McPhee's self-titled debut album, "Katharine McPhee," was eventually released on January 30, 2007. It debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling 116,000 copies in its first week, and has sold over 375,000 copies to date. It spawned the singles "Over It," which debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #48 and later peaked at #29, and "Love Story," which did not crack the Billboard Hot 100 although it did reach #38 on the Canadian Hot 100.

After being released from her contract with RCA Records, McPhee sang "Real Love" with fellow American Idol contestant Elliott Yamin on the album "Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1," the first studio album by record producer Randy Jackson that was released on March 11, 2008. She also returned to the “American Idol” stage during the Top 12 results’ night of the seventh season of competition performing the Beatles song "Something" with Grammy award winning producer/songwriter David Foster on piano. After the performance, Foster confirmed that he and McPhee were still collaborating on her second studio album. Later, in June 2008, the two released a new song titled "I Will Be There With You" for Japan Airlines, and McPhee appeared on the CD/DVD "David Foster & Friends: Hitman," which came out on November 11, 2008.

Meanwhile, McPhee recorded a cover of Latin Grammy nominated Mexican pop group RBD's song "Connected" for the direct-to-video, computer-animated film “Barbie and the Diamond Castle,” which was released on September 9, 2008. She also recorded a song titled "Let Your Heart Sing" for the Disney movie "Tinker Bell," whose movie soundtrack (featuring the song) came out October 14, 2008.

McPhee has also returned to acting and had a small part in the interactive web-based video series “lonelygirl15” in the episode "Truth Or Dare" on January 19, 2007. The following year, she made her studio acting debut in the hit romantic comedy "The House Bunny" (2008) and released a cover of the song "I Know What Boys Like," featuring the other cast members of the movie, on July 16, 2008.

McPhee is now working on her upcoming film project, "The Storyteller," an indie suspense thriller written and directed by Robert A. Masciantonio in which she will co-star with Wes Bentley. She also reportedly will star as a narcissistic woman searching for love and meaning in a new indie dark romantic comedy titled "The Last Caller," and as a sweet girl in another indie film called "Success."

As for her music career, McPhee's new album is reportedly due to be released in spring 2009. She has also signed a two-year endorsement deal with Neutrogena to become the new spokesperson for their skin care product line.

“I admire people with beautiful skin, so I really like getting compliments on my skin. I'm always examining it with a large mirror and always looking at the flaws.” Katharine McPhee


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