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Katharine McPhee, an accomplished actress and singer, first burst onto the scene during a storied run on Season 5 of American Idol (2006), finishing in second place.  

As an actress, she is well-known to television audiences for starring in the CBS drama series Scorpion (2014-2018) and as one of the leads in the NBC musical drama Smash (2012-2013), executive produced by Steven Spielberg. She also starred in the Netflix comedy series, Country Comfort (2021).

McPhee’s additional television credits include the ABC/Hallmark Hall of Fame television film, In My Dreams (2014), and Lifetime original movie, The Lost Wife of Robert Durst (2017). She has guest-starred in the series CSI:NY, CommunityFamily Guy, and Ugly Betty.

McPhee’s feature film credits include The House Bunny, Shark Night 3D, You May Not Kiss the Bride, Bayou Caviar, and The Tiger Rising.

As a singer, Katharine is renowned for her powerhouse presence and show-stopping performances. In 2006, her first single, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/My Destiny,” debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart. Propelled by the hit single, “Over It,” her 2007 self-titled album debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200.

2010 saw the release of two records, Unbroken and Christmas is the Time To Say I Love Youwhich covered many yuletide classics and featured an original Christmas song, “It’s Not Christmas Without You.” That year, her rendition of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” also climbed the charts as a top-five holiday hit.

While starring in Scorpion, she went on to independently release 2015’s Hysteria to much fan praise. In 2017, McPhee covered a host of timeless standards on her fifth full-length album, I Fall In Love Too Easily, produced by jazz musician, Don Was. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.

Katharine teamed up with her husband, legendary producer David Foster, to release a 7-song EP, Christmas Songs, in 2022. The collection featured their rendition of “Jingle Bell Rock,” which become a top 10 Adult Contemporary radio hit. The couple recorded additional tracks for the holiday collection in 2023 and re-released Christmas Songs as a full-length album, which spawned another top 10 AC hit with “Carol of the Bells.”

A sought-after performer, Katharine has taken the stage for various PBS broadcasts throughout the years, including Foster and Friends, Chris Botti In Boston, and headlining her own SoundStage special.

In Spring 2018, McPhee made her Broadway debut starring as Jenna in the hit musical Waitress, featuring music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles. She then moved on to originate the leading role in the West End production of the show in London in 2019. She later returned to star in the show one last time during the final weeks of its original run on Broadway from November 2019 through its closing on January 5, 2020.

In addition to her acting and singing career, McPhee is a passionate philanthropist, having served as an ambassador for organizations such as BuildOn, Malaria No More, and Feeding America.

Katharine released her own jewelry line, KMF Jewelry, in 2022.

McPhee was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her birth date is March 25. She is married to producer David Foster and the couple have a son, Rennie, born in February 2021.

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