Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee

by Katharine McPhee
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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
Steve Russell   Background Vocals
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

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. 86 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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everything that we loved about Katharine's voice is wasted on this effort. All through the album, the background beat and music drown out her voice. And as far as the songs themselves, nothing stands out, they all sound the same...harsh and boring. For crying out loud, why can't they just give the poor girl a few nice, pleasant songs to sing and let us enjoy her vocals. What a waste of good talent. But we still love Kat, hope she gets another chance be herself and shine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What happenened to the Katherine I voted for every single week? This album does not highlight that amazing voice at all. I was really expecting something spectacular...maybe next time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can just sum this up in one word ... excellent!!! I listen to the entire album 4 times already, and I'm still hungry for more. Good job Katharine!!
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
This CD has great potential to get HUGE! there are songs on here that can be heard and loved my so many different audiences. Mcphee has really proven herself as a recording artist and is going to be the next big superstar. and she is gorgeous. but her voice shines through so much especially on a few of her ballads--ordinary world, better off alone, and home. and also has fun with songs like open toes, and dangerous. just a GREAT overall album. i would highly recommend it for purchase.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Im pretty excited for her album to come out! Ive heard some clips from aolmusic and she is pretty good!! Im glad shes coming out with her own album and she will show up Taylor Hicks anyday! (im mad he won!) Katherine is my true American Idol!
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
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
I find this not at what her potential is. She is incredible with bluesy stuff but ordinary with the copycat pop that's out there. She CAN be incredible to go with her for sure beauty, but this isn't it. Be different Kat! You CAN do it if they let ya. Now to fans..STOP with the comparision to Taylor. He's incredible in his own way and got the most votes (so, should he not have won?..he got the most votes!) Everyone has different musical likes.Those who voted for him say they love his "voice" and music style. More liked him. It doesn't lessen Kat's talents in any way. She's good! They're just different styles. Don't like her going down the road of what the cover is, but it sells.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a country music album, for sure!! This is a hell of outstanding one. It's uptempo and engaging ! I feel like I'm back to my 20's again, and I'm almost 40! Thanks to all the producers who obviously know well the talent of this young lady has. She is definitely a star, yeah a star is born today !! It's been a while and it's time now to celebrate!
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
I think this album is really good. I think she the songs, love story and open toes are good. In the song home she shows a lot of vocal talent. I do not think this album is mostly R & B it is a different style which is what they looked for on American Idol. I think it is a good cd. It is worth buying. It is better than a lot of the "Pop" albums that are out today.
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
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
If I wanted to buy Beyonce, I would have. Very disappointing to not hear the style we grew to love on American Idol. She has so much more ability and this album sounds unlike her at all. Too much background soul singing and just a BIG let down. I won't recommend it to anyone who likes her!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Katharine McPhee on American Idol...her voice was simply amazing. I was excited when her CD was released, but now that I've listened to it, I find myself wondering where did Katharine McPhee go??? This CD is much more reminiscent of a teeny-bopper pop album rather than the brillant talent of Kat that we saw in American Idol. Remember the goosebumps you got when she belted out 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow"? Well, you won't be getting those by listening to this CD. If you like teeny-bopper pop music and want to hear a whole song about how the girl loves her open-toed shoes, then by all means, buy this CD. But if you're looking for the Katharine McPhee you saw on American Idol, this CD will be a waste of your money.
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this cd! Katherine does a wonderful job on her first album. I've been a fan of hers since she appeared on American idol. I like all of her songs she sings. My favorites are love story, home, each other. I hope she does more albums. Keep up the great work katherine! I definitley recommend this cd to anyone who is a fan of Katherine's. Five stars to an amazing album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so excited for this album to finally be out. Practically from the minute the first song starts I was disappointed. I kept hoping it would get better. It didn't. If I had heard these songs on the radio and not known they were Kat I would have thought it was just another Beyonce wannabe! Why does everything have to sound the same? You can tell the album is well produced. However, it's just not the Katharine I loved from AI. Why do the producers of these albums have to change the sound the we fell in love with on AI? And as for the cover of this album, why, oh wny do they have to turn every young, beautiful girl into some trampy looking version of herself. So disappointing in so many ways. Still a Kat fan but hoping that her next album will be better. I will still look forward to seeing what Katharine McPhee does with her music but I will not spend my money on the album until I hear it first. No more pre-ordering for me! There are a couple of songs on this album worthy of a spot on an ipod but others wise, to quote something Simon might say, "it's forgettable".
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!!!
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
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
Katharine mcphee has an exquisite vocal and talent. Her songs will be hit after hit. I can see her winning the next grammy and american music awards with this cd. She will be around to stay for a very long time. She is just "magical"!!!!!