Biography

Katharine McPhee, an accomplished actress and singer, first burst onto the scene during a storied run on Season 5 of American Idol.  She is well-known to television audiences starring as Paige Dineen in all four seasons of the CBS drama series Scorpion, and also leading both seasons of the NBC musical drama Smash, executive produced by Steven Spielberg.

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

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

Renowned for her powerhouse presence and show-stopping performances, McPhee possesses a singing voice for the ages. In 2006, her first single, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/My Destiny,” debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart. Propelled by the gold-certified 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 You, which 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. She went on to release 2015’s Hysteria to much fan praise.

In 2017, McPhee reimagined, recharged, and reinvigorated a host of timeless jazz standards on her fifth full-length album, I Fall In Love Too Easily, produced by Don Was (The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt). The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.

A sought-after performer, she has taken the stage for various PBS broadcasts, 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 is currently reprising the leading role in the West End production of the show at the Adelphi Theatre in London.

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.

McPhee was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her birth date is March 25.

See also: Katharine McPhee Discography | Katharine McPhee Filmography