Katharine McPhee Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 08 Jul, 2018
Facts of Katharine McPhee
Date of Birth: 1984 , March-25
Age: 37 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 8 Inch
Name Katharine McPhee
Birth Name Katharine Hope McPhee
Nick Name Kat
Father Daniel McPhee
Mother Patricia
Nationality American
Birth Place/City California
Ethnicity White
Profession Actress
Net Worth $8 million
Salary $40 thousand
Eye Color Drack brown
Hair Color Drack brown
Body Measurements 34-25-36
Breast Size 34B
Waist size 25
Hip Size 36
Weight in KG 56 kg
Famous for American Idol
Boyfriend David Foster
Married to Nick Cokas (m. 2008)
Divorce Nick Cokas ( div.2016)
Education Notre Dame High School
Awards Fox Reality Awards, Young Hollywood Awards
Music Group N/A
Movies Crazy, The House Bunny
TV Show American Idol, Community, Smash, Scorpio
Sisters Adriana McPhee
Siblings Adriana McPhee
Albums Hysteria, Unbroken, Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You, Katharine McPhee, I Fall in Love Too Easily
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Katharine McPhee is an American singer, songwriter, and actress who earned a wide recognition after featuring as the runner-up on the fifth season of American Idol. McPhee then released several albums and single from where she earned a good net worth and also earned a huge popularity. Along with music, she also pursued her career in acting. McPhee is famous for her role as Karen Cartwright on Smash and has worked in the movie Scorpion as Paige Dineen.

Regarding her personal life, she is engaged to 68-yeard old record producer, David Foster after multiple failed relationships. 

Early Life And Education Of Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee was born Katherine Hope McPhee on March 25, 1984, in California, U.S. She holds American nationality and belongs to White American ethnicity. Her sun sign is Aries.

McPhee was born to Daniel McPhee and Peisha McPhee.  Her father, Daniel, was a television producer and mother, Peisha, has been a vocal coach on American Idol since 2011. Her parents raised her with her older sister, Adriana McPhee who has also been a vocal coach for the American Idol.

When she was twelve-year-old, her family moved to Los Angeles. Her mother was the one to recognize her talent and decided to train her. 

McPhee joined Notre Dame High School where she used to perform in school plays and musicals. She completed her graduation in 2002 and then attended Boston Conservatory for three semesters, majoring in musical theatre. Before completing her college graduation, she left the college and returned to Los Angeles to try for the television pilots.

After McPhee was cast in a television pilot she dropped out of college. Then she auditioned in a mall-based MTV soap opera pilot, You Are Here. Further, she played Annie Oakley in the musical, Annie Get Your Gun which was produced by Cabrillo Music Theater.

Katharine McPhee's Career


Katherine McPhee started her career in music in 2005 after participating in a reality show, American Idol season 5. 

American Idol

McPhee gave an audition for a reality show, American Idol season 5 in San Francisco where she sang God Bless the Child. She was selected as a participant after her amazing audition. After the first round of the Hollywood week, the artistic singer sang I'll Never Love This Way Again by Dionne Warwick.

She came in bottom 2 for only twice in the entire season. She lost the title to Taylor Hicks.

After American Idol

After the American Idol, McPhee signed a recording deal with 19 Recordings Limited and Sony BMG's RCA Records on 6th June 2006. She then performed in several concerts and stage shows. 

On 27th June 2006, McPhee released her debut single, Somewhere Over the Rainbow/My Destiny which hit #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also became the second-highest best-selling single of 2016 after Do U Make You Proud by Taylor Hicks.

On 30th January 2007, she released her self-titled debut album which sold over 116k copies in the first week. It also hit #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. The album's two single, Over It, was certified gold in RIAA Chart. In 2010, she released two albums Unbroken and Christman Is the Time to Say I Love You. Both albums made an impressive sales. 

Her other albums include Hysteria (2015) and I Fall in Love Too Easily (2017).


McPhee made her movie debut as a cameo role, Paramount Girl in the musical film, Crazy, which was based on the life of Hank Garland. The movie debut Ali Larter, Waylon Payne, and Steve Vai.  

The following year, she portrayed the character of Harmony in the comedy film, The House Bunny starring Anna Faris, Colin Hanks, and Emma Stone

Katherine McPhee's Awards And Nominations

Katherine McPhee's contribution in music and acting field helped her to get nominated for several awards. She also won some of the nominated awards which include

  • 2006 = Fox Reality Awards.
  • 2006 = VH1 Big in '06 Awards for Big ''It'' Girl.
  • 2007 = Young Hollywood Awards.
  • 2012 =Women's Image Network Awards for Smash.

Some of her nominated awards include Ovation Awards and Teen Choice Awards

Katherine McPhee's Net Worth And Salary

Katherin McPhee lives a luxurious life with an estimated net worth of $6 million according to The Richest whereas her net worth is estimated to be $8 million according to Celebrity Net Worth.  She earns a salary of $40 Thousand per episode.

McPhee also earns an impressive amount from her albums and singles. Here is the list of her albums and single with their sales amount:

  • 2006 = Somewhere Over the Rainbow (single) = 131k copies sales. 
  • 2006 = My Destiny (single) = 98k copies sales.
  • 2006 = Think (single) = 21k copies sales.
  • 2007 = Katherine McPhee (album) = 381k copies sales.
  • 2010 = Unbroken (album) = 45k copies sales.
  • 2010 = Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You (album) = 23k copies sales.
  • 2012 = The Music of Smash (single) = 112k copies sales. 
  • 2013 = Bombshell (single) = 26k copies sales.

With such earning, Forbes ranked McPhee in top 10  American Idol performers with earning $1 million for the music and acting career for the period May 2010 to May 2011 in July 2011. 

Two years later, Forbes listed her again in their list of the 10 top-earning American Idol performers with earning of $1.1 million. Once again Forbes reported that McPhee made their list of the 10 top-earners earning $1 million in 2013.

McPhee also earns a good amount from her endorsement deal. In 2006, she signed a two-year endorsement deal with Sexy Hair Concepts. In addition, she also became their first celebrity spokesperson for their hair-care product line. 

McPhee signed a two-year endorsement deal with Neutrogena. She filmed her first commercial in 2008, which was aired on television in May 2008 and on Neutrogena's skinid.com website.



McPhee owns several houses in different places which include:

  • Toluca Lake Bungalow = $1.549 million
  • Studio City, California house = $2,050,000.

She also owns a GLK costs $29500 to $37k.


Katherine McPhee is involved in several charities. McPhee founded a charity, McPhee Outreach in 2006 which is established to join with several organizations to help the needy ones. 

In the past, her foundation collaborates with the Lollipop Theater Network to provide music outreach to help the sick children in Southern California hospitals.

She also joined with many actresses Alyson HanniganJaime KingMinka Kelly, and Emily Deschanel in a video in October 2009 to promote regular breast-cancer screenings for the organization Stand Up To Cancer. In 2012, she traveled to Africa to help the needy people of the place. 

Katherine McPhee's Personal Life And Affair

Katharine McPhee has struggled with eating disorders. At the age of thirteen she began starving herself, and when she was just seventeen she became bulimic. Due to her binge-eating,  she gained a lot of weight and was ill. After seven years of illness, and passing through the American Idol audition, she entered a three-month rehabilitation program.

During her season of American Idol, she lost 14 kg. In an interview with Teen Vogue, she said,

I’m just really careful about portions.

Katharine McPhee married Nick Cokas on 2nd February 2008 at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church. But the relationship did not last long and McPhee filed the divorce in 2014 and separated in 2016. The reason for their marriage to fail was McPhee's extra-marital affair with director Michael Morris

McPhee cheated on her 19 years senior husband Coaks with the ''Smash'' director Morris who is a married man, he is married to Mary McCormac and has two children with the actress. Talking about the scandal, Mcphee said,

''I don't have any regrets. All of the choices I made I learned from in a really deep way.''

Previously, she dated her Scorpion co-star, Elyes Gabel for almost two years.

CAPTION: Katharine McPhee wit her boyfriend, David Foster. SOURCE: Entertainment Tonight

As of 2018, she is engaged to 68-yeard old record producer, David Foster. Initially, the couple was spotted kissing on a dinner date but both of them never spoke a word about their affair. The couple is now set to marry and to start their life as husband and wife.

Katherine McPhee's Body Measurement And Age

  • Height = Katharine McPhee is 5 feet 8 inches tall 
  • Weight = McPhee weighs approximately 123 pounds. 
  • Age = As of 2018, she is 34-year-old.

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