Sept. 28--Katharine McPhee may have burst onto the scene in the fifth season of "American Idol," but she has been working almost her entire life to become a successful musician and actress.
She said it started at a young age when she found she could carry a tune, and it continued on through school where she got involved with theater. "American Idol" was just the next step to reaching the dream she held for so long.
"There wasn't anything especially calculated about going on 'American Idol,' I just thought it was another audition and a chance to be seen," she said. "I had no idea it was going to work out this way."
McPhee was the runner-up on the popular reality competition and has since appeared in several films and TV shows. She will kick off the Cheyenne Civic Center's fall season on Oct. 4.
McPhee is currently working on a new album, but didn't know when it would actually be released.
"We are still kind of in the early stages, but it's been a great process because this is the first album I have been involved with from start to finish," she said. "I have been working with writers and producers and have basically become a studio rat."
McPhee said she didn't like to go into details about what the album would sound like, as it was still early in the process, but she did say it would be a pop album for certain.
"I just don't think I could do it justice describing it verbally right now, but I know I have done a lot of growing up since I first recorded," she said.
This will be the first album for McPhee since 2010's "Unbroken." In the years between, she has taken to working as an actress, filling out roles in things like "Shark Night 3-D" and "The House Bunny."
Those projects and her "American Idol" appearance aside, McPhee is probably best known for her role on "Smash," NBC's musical drama. While that show was canceled in March after a two-year run, McPhee said that it was a fun experience for her and got her considering her possibilities on Broadway.
"I actually went to school for musical theater and was involved in those kinds of productions for years," she said. "I definitely love the Broadway theater community as well, so I hope I can find the right project and maybe try that out."
McPhee said she had other acting projects on the horizon, but none definite enough to where she felt comfortable discussing them. As for the tour, she said it would feature a lot of different material.
"There is going to be some covers and songs from 'Smash' and maybe just a little taste or sample of the stuff I am working on," she said. "It should be a nice mix."
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