Katharine Hope McPhee (born March 25, 1984) is an American pop singer, songwriter, and actress. She gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of the Fox reality show American Idol in 2006, eventually finishing as the runner-up.
McPhee was born in Los Angeles, California.Her father, Daniel McPhee,is a television producer.Her mother Peisha McPhee has been a vocal coach on American Idol since 2011.The family moved to Sherman Oaks in L.A. when Katharine was 12 years old. Katharine’s mother recognized her daughter’s musical talent and decided to train her. McPhee’s older sister, Adriana, has been a vocal coach on American Idol since 2012.McPhee is of Irish, Scottish, and German descent.
In 2005, McPhee was persuaded by eventual husband Nick Cokas and her parents to try out for the television series competition American Idol. She auditioned in San Francisco and sang “God Bless the Child”, originally performed by Billie Holiday and was selected to be a participant in the fifth season, which aired in 2006.