Katharine McPhee

Unbroken

Katharine McPhee - Unbroken

2010 | Verve Forecast 

  • CD

    $10.99

    UNBROKEN

    01/05/2010

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Videos from Unbroken

Unbroken Notes

Katharine McPhee warmly laughs as she confesses she's been in "artistic hiding" for the last few years.

"It took me a long time to figure out where I wanted to go and be as an artist," she says. "I needed time to learn who I was as a musician."

Once she discovered the answer, however, her path was sure and swift. On Unbroken, her Verve Records debut, listeners will discover a glorious side of McPhee previously untapped. Poignant, vital lyrics swell over full, lush melodies. McPhee's supple, clear voice, resonating with emotion and confidence, caresses each note on this collection of soon-to- be pop classics.

McPhee co-wrote the majority of the songs on Unbroken, collaborating with fellow singer/songwriters Paula Cole, Ingrid Michaelson and Rachael Yamagata. "This record is definitely more personal to me," McPhee says. "I have more stories to tell. It's more of an artistic look at me as a person. Coming from a reality show, it's hard to know the depth of somebody. This record gave me that opportunity to show that. That's what Verve wanted from me: to make a record I was proud of. It was a huge blessing to give me that."

Her vocals also display a new vulnerability and maturity that make Unbroken compelling listening. "I think I finally learned to breathe," McPhee says, both literally and figuratively. "I'm grounded in my own body; my voice was grounded. Having a big voice, I had to realize that singing high notes didn't equal artistry. This is more about how I can interpret a song, the nuances of singing."

While sounding utterly contemporary, McPhee also drew from the tremendous voices that have guided her throughout her life ranging from Nina Simone to Sarah McLachlan. "I wanted some older influences on here," she says. "My mom is a cabaret singer; I grew up with the Great American Songbook. That's why I know all the standards, but I always had a want and a need for pop music."

Credits of Unbroken

  • John Alagia
  • Guitar (Acoustic), Producer, Vocals (Background)
  • Zac Rae
  • Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond B3, Keyboards
  • Boots Ottestad
  • Guitar (Acoustic), Bass, Composer, Guitar (Electric), Engineer, Music Box, Producer, Drums, Percussion


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