McPhee's Debut Album Arrives in Stores January 30th
First Single, 'Over It,' Impacted Radio on Jan. 15
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- "Ever since I was on the
finale of 'American Idol,' people have been asking me what kind of album
I'm going to record," says Katharine McPhee. "When I started
working on my debut album, I was asked what types of music I liked. My
favorite music is rhythmic pop and I love to dance, so that was our
starting point. I was also asked what I wanted to sing about, what
subjects I wanted to touch on. So this album really reflects me, a
22-year-old girl who knows what it's like to fall in love and to have her
heart broken, and also a girl who likes to have fun and enjoy life!"
The results will be heard on Jan. 30, when Katharine's self-titled
album debut is released on RCA Records/19 Recordings. The first single,
"Over It," impacted radio on Jan. 15.
McPhee started recording the album as soon as she completed the
"American Idols Live" tour in September 2006. "I was sent
to Virginia Beach to spend time with Nate 'Danja' Hills, who has worked
with Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake and Jennifer Lopez." Hills is
nominated for two Grammys this year for his work on Timberlake's "FutureSex/LoveSounds"
Songwriters gathered at Hills' studio in Virginia Beach, where they
worked in different combinations, with McPhee contributing lyrics as well.
"I really enjoyed the experience," says Katharine. "It was
so exciting working with all of these different talented songwriters at
the same time."
Those sessions resulted in six songs, with Danja as producer on all of
them. "Nate is a real musician and a beautiful pianist," says
Katharine. "When you first meet him he's a 'mystery man' who doesn't
say much, but what he does say is very important and very valid. He's very
inclusive. And there's a definite 'Nate sound' with influences from old
school mixed in with modern beats."
Although Katharine has been singing on stage for years, she had never
spent time in a recording studio before recording her debut album. "I
had to learn the technique of recording in the studio as opposed to
singing on stage," she explains. "I learned so much about
singing harmonies and stacking vocals. By the time we reached the end of
the first week of recording I had already learned a lot."
The single, "Over It," was written by Billy Steinberg, Josh
Alexander and Ruth-Anne Cunningham, the same hot composing team that has
written for JoJo, the Veronicas and t.A.t.U.
To promote the album, as well as the first single, McPhee will be
making multiple television appearances over the next few weeks. She'll be
performing on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (Jan. 29),
"The Today Show" (Jan. 31), "Live With Regis &
Kelly" (Feb. 1), "TRL" (Feb. 5), "The Early Show"
(Feb. 6), "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (Feb. 7) and interview on
"Larry King Live" (Feb. 8), and much more. Katharine will also
be a guest star on the hit TV series "Ugly Betty" on Feb. 1,
portraying herself. The TV campaign kicks off on January 19th with an
appearance of Lonelygirl15, the pop culture phenomenon that has become the
most watched/fastest growing/most talked about Internet video series on
the web www.lonelygirl15.com.
McPhee is already one of the most recognized personalities in America,
thanks to her success on the number one show on TV, "American
Idol." Her season, the series' fifth, was the highest-rated yet. The
Tuesday performance shows averaged 31.1 million viewers and the Wednesday
results shows averaged 29.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media
Research. The season finale drew 36.4 million viewers and a whopping 63.4
million votes were cast.
While this is Katharine's first album, she has already scored a hit
song. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" / "My Destiny" is
the second best-selling single of 2006. Although it was released last
June, seven months later it still ranks in the top five on Billboard's Hot
Singles Sales chart.
SOURCE RCA Records