Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee

by Katharine McPhee


If fans can look beyond her uncharacteristically risqué album cover, they will find that Season 5 American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee is still sugar and spice underneath her vamp makeover. The unexpected new look, however, does compliment her unexpected new sound. Initially, it's surprising to hear the Broadway baby -- who during her Idol stint wowed the judges with her soaring rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and got footloose performing an acoustic guitar-anchored rendition of KT Tunstall's "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" barefoot -- belting "Open Toes," a pop-and-R&B-kissed ode to sexy footwear. In fact, on her self-titled debut, McPhee sounds more like Christina Aguilera than fans will remember. Luckily, she has the pipes to support the junior diva comparison. For instance, the power ballad "Home" recalls X-tina's "Beautiful," and on the simmering, mid-tempo "Neglected," Kat even cribs the Grammy-winning singer's signature "Oh yeah" vocal trill. McPhee's individuality, however, does shine through, particularly when she sings in her upper register, as on "Not Your Girl," a tasty slice of ska-tinged pop, and the tender ballad "Ordinary World." Like Clarkson and Underwood before her, McPhee is one of Idol's most promising graduates.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/30/2007
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828768798324
catalogNumber: 87983

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Katharine McPhee   Primary Artist
Babyface   Keyboards
Suzie Benson   Background Vocals
Gregg Bissonette   Drums
Paul Buckmaster   Conductor
Larry Corbett   Celli
Marti Frederiksen   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Peter Kent   Violin
Doug Petty   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Kara DioGuardi   Background Vocals
Suzie Katayama   Celli
Walter Afanasieff   Piano
Emanuel Kiriakou   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Josh Alexander   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Keyboards
Denaine Jones   Background Vocals
Belinda Broughton   Violin
Sharon Jackson   Violin
James Fauntleroy   Background Vocals
Sharon Youngblood   Background Vocals
Steve Russell   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Babyface   Producer,drum programming
Paul Buckmaster   Orchestral Arrangements
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Jim Cox   String Arrangements
Marti Frederiksen   Producer,Engineer
Susan Marshall   Composer
Billy Steinberg   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Kara DioGuardi   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Damon Thomas   Composer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
John Shanks   Composer
Paul Boutin   Engineer
David Channing   Vocal Engineer
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
John Baruck   Management
Emanuel Kiriakou   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Dave Russell   Engineer
Harvey Mason   Composer
Balewa Muhammad   Composer
Lindy Robbins   Composer
Josh Alexander   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming,Audio Production
Andy Ackland   Engineering
Robert Ascroft   Cover Photo
Daniel Betancourt   Engineer
Makeba Riddick   Composer
Corte Ellis   Composer,Vocal Producer
Ariel Chobaz   Engineer
Anthony Focx   Engineer
Aaron Renner   Engineer
Candice Nelson   Composer
Katharine McPhee   Composer
Jim Beanz   Vocal Producer
Riley Mackin   Engineer
Scott Ferrera   Vocal Producer
Rob Knox   Composer
Ruth-Anne Cunningham   Composer
Andy Ellis   Vocal Engineer,Piano Engineer
Nate Hills   Audio Production
Underdogs   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Marcella Araica   Engineer

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Katharine McPhee 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This debut CD is great from start to finish. Katharine has tracks on it to please those that loved her singing SOTR on American Idol and those that want to get up and dance. What a great mix of songs! There are 3 or 4 beautiful balads and a wonderul mix of Pop and R&B songs too. She's got all the bases covered here and her voice sounds beautiful. The richness of her lower register is amazing on the balads, so those of you who are wishing she had put out a CD of SOTR or classic type songs won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Kat on American Idol. I couldn't wait to buy the CD. I am happy that they chose to push it back and release it when they did, it was totally worth it. I am going to break this down track-by-track An upbeat "Love Story" starts things off. Kat's vocals aren't the best in this one, but it is still an enjoyable track. 8.2 Kat's first single "Over It" is a song about being over someone. The beat is great, and so are her vocals. -- 8.4 "Open Toes" is a fun, upbeat song about (get ready for this one!) SHOE SHOPPING! Katharine pulls this on off great, but this is either a song you love or hate. Personally, I love it. -- 8.7 "Home" is the first big ballad to appear on the album. She pulls it off great, and the vocals are wonderful. -- 9.3 "Not Ur Girl" is another upbeat track. It has it's moments, but the vocals aren't as good as some of the other songs. -- 8.0 "Each Other" Is a slow song with a nice beat and good lyrics. The vocals are good here as well. -- 8.1 "Dangerous" is yet another upbeat song with good background singers. Great beat and lyrics. 9.0 "Ordinary World" is the 2nd ballad on here. Everything from the beat, to the lyrics, to the vocals, is absolutely phenomenal. --- 9.7 "Do What You Do" is the last upbeat song on the album, it has good vocals. The lyrics are fun, and the beat is good. --- 8.5 "Better Off Alone" Is another ballad with great vocals and lyrics that will stick with you. One of the best tracks on the album -- 9.3 "Neglected" Is a song that has a good beat to it, with awesome lyrics and good vocals. But at 4:50, it can get a little lengthy at times. 9.1 "Everywhere I Go" closes the album. It has good vocals as well, with little touches here and there. The lyrics are OK, and the beat is good. 8.6 Overall, McPhee's album has proven that even if you're not a winner, you can still do what you want and do GREAT. I give this album a 9.2 out of 10.
katmcpheeisqueen More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album sounds terrible. The background music is terrible, Katharine's vocals are bad, and the whole album sounds awful. This actually sounds worse than Jessica Simpson's albums...and I didn't know anything could be much worse than that (outside of rap music). This album is extremely disappointing and definitely not what I expected. Kellie Pickler, on the flipside, made an outstanding album (along with Carrie Underwood) and I would definitely recommend buying both of their albums as that those two talented women have produced top of the line albums. Both Kellie and Carrie have outstanding vocal ability, stage presence, personality, and drive to give the audience what they deserve (all of which Katharine McPhee is lacking). I would not waste my money and buy this album as that it's so bad I wouldn't take it if they gave it to me Free. Buy Carrie or Kellie...they are true artists and not just noise makers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first listened to it, I initially believed that I wouldn't like it. Considering the style is drastically different from what I'm used to hearing from Katharine Mcphee. But none the less, I found the album amazing. I've listened to it, maybe 12 times in the past week. Don't get me wrong, some songs are a little out of her element, mostly the hip hop ones. But her voice is incredible. It's definitely worth buying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is really good and enjoyable. For ballads, I like Ordinary World and Neglected. For Uptempo, I like Over it, Love Story, and Open Toes. I highly recommend this CD. PLEASE DO NOT LISTEN TO HATERS. There are bunch of losers out there. This beautiful young performer does not deserve that. She's very talented.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just read quite a few reviews on this site, as I listen to McPhee's album on my Zune. I do feel many of the songs are formula but then again, so are ALL of the first albums from Idol winners - even Clarkson's. I take all of the very negative reviews with a grain of salt. I mean, I REALLY don't expect someone who lists, Kelly Pickler, Dolly P. or Taylor Hicks as titles they enjoy to really like some of the tracks on this album. Just because it's not your style people, doesn't really mean it "sucks" or is "horrible". Being a pianist/producer I have played and like several genre of music and I will say this about the ablum it's not great, but it's not bad. It's a so-so Pop product. And unlike what a previous poster wrote, it DOES show some of her vocal talent. I downloaded four tunes to my player. The rest... not my style.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is ok. It's not the best out there though. I think she's trying to be something she's not. She was AMAZING on American Idol. She is still good but she was better on the show. The cd is pretty good. My favorite songs are over it, home, not ur girl, each other, better off alone, and everywhere I go!! The other songs are ok but not the best in my opinion. I exspected way better from Kat. I think she could of done better. I do recommend the cd though. I don't think you'll be disappointed
Guest More than 1 year ago
Honestly, the only thing Mcphee is good at is shaking her butt on stage and her backup is what makes her good. Her singing makes jessica simpson seem like barbara streisand it is soooooo bad. Then again simpsons singing isnt so good either. I am surprised she even got to the finals myself her singing is so bad. Listen to taylor hicks or Jordan, season 6 idol. Even though she is girlwonder american idol being the youngest at 17, her voice made the backup needless
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great debut album for Kat. I was very impressed with the songs and how well she sang them. With "Over It" peaking at #29 on the Hot 100. Other songs like "Love Story" and "Open Toes" are sure to be big hits as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album. One of my favs, thank God for Katharine. From one with McPheever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the music on this CD and love Katharine's voice, especially on the ballads where she soars. But why the over- the-top cover? She's such a beautiful girl and she can sing -- she doesn't need to go that route.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great cd! katharine sounds great! i was a little surprised that she went in the pop direction.but oh well.great album regardless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
VERY disappointed in this record. Music does not flow in the songs. Taylor Hicks and Chris Daughtry are alot better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
So her single "Over It" is already getting pretty good airplay and rising up the charts and then u listen to the whole album and its like god she cant do no wrong...these songs could all be hits...she is sure on her way to sells of clarkson and underwood..WAY TO GO KAT!!!! U SHOW TAYLOR WHO THE REAL WINNER IS!!!! LOL
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kat has a very versatile voice and it shows in the songs on this CD. Lots of variety and something for everyone. I think all the songs are "hit potential" and my faves are Each Other and Over It. Go Kat!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've heard the clips, and she sounds amazing! I love that each song sounds so different. There's only one song I don't like (Do What You Do), and that's saying a lot because I'm pretty picky about CDs. I'm excited to buy this next week!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Personally as a Kat fan I knew I would like the album either way, but if this was an unknown singer I really think the album is outstanding. I mean tracks such as "Better Off Alone," "Ordinary World," and "Home" just take your breath away. I couldn't disagree with the other reviews more. This album is like a story, each track offers something totally different, and really shows Katharine's versatality. Of course, some tracks are a little weaker than others, but there is really no fillers in this album, uncommon for a debut. Its McPheevaliciouss
Guest More than 1 year ago
Katharine McPhee has a terrific voice. It's unfortunate that you can't hear enough of it on this CD. What you hear, more than anything, are the backup singers. I didn't pay to hear backup singers. I paid to hear Kat. I was disappointed.
Jonathan1989 More than 1 year ago
I heard that Katharine McPhee is the best singer since she was a runner-up for American Idol Season 5.
Guest More than 1 year ago
so im pretty sure this is gonna be the one of the biggest records sold from an american idol..not to say kelly clarkson was not good..but she's over rated..katharine's record will do much better than taylor's and that just goes without saying..okay love you bye!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As compared to other first releases from past American Idol finalists, Katharine McPhee's self-titled album ranks on the high end, between Kelly Clarkson's uneven Thankful and Tamyra Gray's underappreciated, underpromoted, and underperforming debut The Dreamer. The first single, "Over It," is a cynical play for the teen (or even tween) market the comparisons to JoJo are apt. Fortunately, "Over It" is the worst song on a surprisingly accomplished, if not entirely brilliant, debut set. "Each Other," while in the same vein as "Over It," is at least earnest, allowing McPhee's personality to shine through the candy-coated polish. On the uptempo side, highlights run the gamut from the Aretha-lite funkpop of "Love Story" to the ridicu-tastic bounce of "Open Toes," an ode to compulsive (shoe) shopping. "Not Ur Girl" finds the same fun surf-infused groove familiar to albums from Britney to Lily Allen alike (speaking of Britney, "Do What You Do" could be straight off her last release "In the Zone," reminiscent of such Spears tracks as "Early Mornin' and "Showdown"). As for the ballads, McPhee, while not quite in Mariah and Christina's league in terms of vocal prowess, proves that less can in fact be more, staying on point in such heartfelt and well-delivered songs as "Everywhere I Go" and the slinky, seductive "Neglected," which is delivered in an irrestistible purr redolent with frustration--a knockout track. "Better Off Alone" and Home" are where McPhee finds her footing best, two songs that respectively echo the early songs of Clarkson and Gray, Idol's first two divas. McPhee's voice--vulnerable, powerful, haunting--is finally captured here to greatest effect, and the results speak for themselves. Imagine that: letting the runner-up of the biggest singing competition of all time simply let loose with her exceptional instrument, instead of smothering it in a jelly of canned and dated overproduction. What will they think of next?
Guest More than 1 year ago
The snippets show strong tracks and very engaging vocals from Katharine McPhee
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot recommend this cd enough! Katharine is, IMO, one of the best singers in the music industry today, and to keep things in perspective she is only 22 years old. Her album really reflects her personality. Her vocal efforts on such tracks as "Ordinary World" and "Neglected" are amazing. "Open Toes" is infectious and fun. Although she definately rises to the vocal ability of mariah and christina, her style is unique. This is the first cd that I haven't skipped through any of the songs-from beginning to end this cd is amazing!! She is perhaps the best that has come out of AI- her versatility is sick (in a good way). Unlike other past idols, Katharine, could sing ANY genre of music and succeed, that is what makes her so talented!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is going to make Katharine a star. She has everything it takes and this album is the exclamation point to her success on American Idol.