Katharine McPhee – Boston Holiday Lights!

Katharine McPhee is in Boston Common tonight helping the city celebrate the lighting of Beantown’s giant Nova Scotian Christmas tree.

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Sugar, Butter, Broadway! Katharine McPhee Is Getting Ready!

The temps are about 38 degrees here.  Damn cold–especially for a California girl.  Kat bundled up to sing a couple of holiday tunes from her new album Christmas Is The Time …. (To Say I Love You), including “Jingle Bells” and ”

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Jingle Bells

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

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  1. Kat McPhee. Sigh. I tried to listen to that Christmas song yesterday, but it is just awful treacle crap. I kind of feel for her, although she also annoys me. She’s tried so damned hard to get her career off the tarmac, but has she gotten past starlet? If that? About the best I can say is that she’s very pretty. Oh, and I’m glad her marriage has worked out. Then I just zzzzzzzzzzzz….

  2. I loved her versions of those songs. It’s interesting that her and her arrangers came up with that take n “Jingle Bells” instead of the more traditional version. It’s up there with Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow for fun takes on that classic. I think Katharine’s biggest problem is she is an oddity trying to fit into a contemporary world. She’s the female version of Michael Buble and should sing standards and original songs that are more about the lyrics then the hooks. She’s gorgeous much like I think Buble’s looks play into his success, she does well with a standard almost giving it a fresh spin and her tone and phrasing are to die for. I wish she would do a disc of half standards and come contemporary stuff. Song in the vein of “How,” “Ordinary World,” “Terrified,” and “Say Goodbye” mixed in with “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Can’t Help dat Man of Mine,” and others. I think then she would do very well.

  3. She’s so sweet and lovely. Guess people might like her more if she was a raunchy, tawdry reality t.v. type! I think she’s perfect as she is. I hope she gets more mainstream attention and I wish her the best!

  4. Thank you MJ for posting Kat performance in Boston. BRAVO to Katharine, for an awesome performance despite singing in 38 degree weather Kat certainly didn’t disappoint her Boston friends, fans, and all in attendance at the Tree Lighting. Even in Chicago, Atlanta, & San Francisco she was well received. Christmas is her favorite time of the year and was happy when her label suggested she record a Christmas album. She has gotten excellent reviews from ppl who bought her Xmas CD. Despite her busy schedule performing and appearing on TV, she is flying to TN tomorrow to do a holiday video with the children at St. Jude Children Research Hospital. Another Bravo!

    StevenD, thank you for your comment. Kat mention she is considering recording again next year. Hopefully you and several of her older fans might get that wish one day. Keeping fingers cross. :)

  5. I loved this weeks “Glee” which seems to be proving that they can sustain the fun of the show. So much that ABS accounted that ABS is doing a musical lawyer show do we see a Cop Rock on DVD reissue soon) starring Ton y Award winner and Glee guest star Idina Menzel. But back to Glee! sure it lacked the drama that last years sectionals had but that was a good thing. Though I thought New Directions was much better then the Warbles it gives as for story line it gives them another chance to go up against Kurt and for him to make a last ditch effort to rejoin his teammates with who knows possibly a cute friend to join him. at the start of the show “Glee” proved they aren’t resting on repeating themselves as Emma pointed out so brilliantly that we probably going to get a Rachel and Finn duet, some big classic rock song, and then finish up with Mercedes wailing out some power notes and I LOVED that they flipped it an gave the unsung heroes a moment to shine.

    I was also surprised Sue took a break in this episode but it she’s like she usually does for the sectional episode and it’ seems like it’s mostly about Matthew Morrison looking worried and nervous all the time. I was a disappointed the Emma was a bitch here she’s usually all about the kids was but was willing to abandon but I just couldn’t hate her because she was wearing a to die for blue coat and I couldn’t stop thinking how that could work for a man. Come on Sea Blue and Black Squares and the buttons, it was heaven!!! All right back to the episode I’m so glad the Brittany and Artie thing seems to be really working out because both of them had turned adequate characters into people you feel for and root for and is Heather Morris not the scene stealer of the show. I’m actually still not sold on this being Chris Colfer’s year for the show. I understand the creator is taking on bulling, abuse, tolerance though him and I honestly believe at this time we need a caricature like Kurt on television especially know but do they have to make him such an ass in all of his other scenes. I still cry in the previous episode when Rachel said something like “You might be lonely but your not alone, the are twelve people who love you.” It seems like each time the core group get together he pushes them away. It was during the Lea Michelle Gwen episode that I noticed a little moment where Quinn had her arm on Kurt and I thought that was wonderful and then he does stuff like this. I have to say though even with all that he could really have a shot at a Emmy Nomination for Lead Actor this year though I easily see him winning Supporting Actor if he decides to go into that category. I loved how they’ve opened up Rachel’s character and felt general pain for her when she found out about Finn and Santana. I also loved her describing her funeral and then she brought a gorgeous version of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” that gave me a different take on a song I’ve heard a zillion times,

    Giving the older choir Mike and the Mechanics “The Living Years was cute and the Warbles “Soul, Sister” fit with their current fresh hit song. Though what’s up with Blaine stifling Kurt during his solo for being too theatrical has he ever watched himself perform.

    I liked “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” and funny it was performed the week after Jennifer Grey won DWTS. It just didn’t have the excitement of “Don’t Rain on my Parade” or “Faithfully.” Also Sam and Quinn are known for songs that rely of their charm and personality over voice and I thought this lacked that.

    I LOVED Santa’s “Valerie” and gave it a great smoky jazz version. These kids each week so that they’re a triple threat and are such actors. When I think of what Diana Argon, Heather Morris, and Naya Rivers have done with their roles from the beginning I’m always amazed,

    Emma marrying Carl didn’t see that coming and almost felt like that was a come out of nowhere plot twist but this is the show that save the infamous pregnancy stories (really 6 months and not looking at your wives naked belly or thinking you can impregnate someone from a Hot Tub!) so I have faith.

    They finished the show with one of my favorite songs of the year “Dog Days are Over” and interesting enough Ryan Murphy made famous by playing it to death in the previews of “Eat, Pray, Love.” I’m thinking that book is going on the Christmas list. Of course I say a drivers license is going on there too but god knows anyone who knows know that’s “The Impossible Dream. In fact my mother was telling me a story today about how a friend of mine just didn’t see why I didn’t get my license and she laughed and told him he didn’t know what he was talking about because she drove with and people always wonder why I call her Mommie Dearest.

    Next week is Christmas and if you go off the CD they sing 12 songs!!!! I don’t know how they’re doing it but SPOILER!!!!!!! Kurt and Blaine are singing “Baby it’s Cold Outside” and Lee Michelle belts out a killer “Oh Holy Night.” YAY for Christms Specials. Reminds me to watch my Jennifer Hudson in Christmas, Carrie Underwood’s Christmas, An American Idol Christmas where Ruben, Fantasia who works in “Always On My Mind” and Kelly doing “Since You Been Gone” and “Breakway” when they were brand new. You have to hear it for a KILLER version of “Jesus What a Wonderful Child” that has the two of then going into a vocal showdown. It’s amazing because Fantasia give it her all in her own way and Kelly goes to notes that just are killer!!!

    Also expect columns about “Burlesque,” The Grammy’s Nominations,” My Top Ten” and others.

    Actually I’m only 35 but I rank her n my top 5 Idols ever. I think of her in this 60’s style of singer that could come out in a great retro dress and sing a Burt Bacharach type of song. I would love her to do “Whoever You Are I Love You” or Anyone Who Had a Heart” or “Will You Still Love Me” (even though it’s not Bacharach.) I’ve always wanted her to record Joni Mitchell’s “River” and “Get Back.” If you mixed it in with some originals I think she should sell more, get a lot more bookings, and probably a PBS special. I think people forget that it’s older customers who are actually buying the CD’s and not just the singles. That’s usually why people like Glee, Manilow and Streisand stay high on the charts. Heck Susan Boyle is a Huge Star doing what Katharine should be doing and she doesn’t have an ounce of the talent now skill Ms. McPhee doess.

  6. I think she’s boring because there’s like this shiny veneer over her – I don’t get any feel for her personality or who she projects or what she’s singing about. She’s teflon. It’s just pretty voice. Full stop. YMMV, which is what makes the world go around, right?

    Well, this was actually the first I’ve heard her – I didn’t see her season at all and hadn’t ever clicked on a video of hers or anything like that. I picked HYAMLC because it’s actually one of my favorites, Christmas song wise (I’m not that fond of Christmas songs in general, they’re just so overdone). Giving her some leeway for it being cold, I like what I hear. Of course, that might just be it – I wasn’t watching, I was just listening. While I generally avoid radio stations playing Christmas songs 24/7, I might actually listen through the end of the song if I heard her, because of that pretty voice. I’ve really almost never seen/heard where anyone truly seemed to project anything into a Christmas song…they’re all singing their version of a version of a version that someone arranged from the original, so I can’t really judge by what I hear here as far as that goes.

    I do see how she could do as was suggested and record standards + some fitting contemporary songs for her style. People really do still sell albums even if they’re not recording pop music – yeah it’s a tough sell to get your name out there but then again, it is for all but the select few regardless of genre.

    I guess her voice to me sounds like it might have that “cuddled up next to a fire with someone you love and a glass of wine, snow falling outside, and nothing on TV” mix CD sound. I know that doesn’t sound like a compliment but in my mind it is. I can’t quite explain it though.

  7. Actually I’m only 35 but I rank her n my top 5 Idols ever. I think of her in this 60’s style of singer that could come out in a great retro dress and sing a Burt Bacharach type of song. I would love her to do “Whoever You Are I Love You” or Anyone Who Had a Heart” or “Will You Still Love Me” (even though it’s not Bacharach.) I’ve always wanted her to record Joni Mitchell’s “River” and “Get Back.” If you mixed it in with some originals I think she should sell more, get a lot more bookings, and probably a PBS special. I think people forget that it’s older customers who are actually buying the CD’s and not just the singles. That’s usually why people like Glee, Manilow and Streisand stay high on the charts. Heck Susan Boyle is a Huge Star doing what Katharine should be doing and she doesn’t have an ounce of the talent now skill Ms. McPhee does.

  8. It sounds like your saying it’s a comforting voice right mozart4898. I’m sorry if I’m putting words in your mouth. I still remember hear that there were a lot of babies made when a Luther Vabdross song was played. There’s something great to be said for that. I love Fiona Apple and Lily Allen and I think they’ve fond their niche in music they don’t push their voice and they write songs that fit their style instead of trying to pick a theme that doesn’t fit them I love Linda Eder who is know as the next Streisand because of her power clarity and she its not that are way above human but lately she coming out with CD’s that are nice but don’t aren’t offering that thrilling power I love. Her last one “Soundtrack” was all songs from movies and some were even power ballads but she found a way to take the power out of the song and It’s make me debate if I should buy the next one. I will only because once a fan always a fan but I think Katharine should embrace her theater geek and it will make her a star because truly I think that’s why she’s give so many chances out of all of them she has the most potential.

  9. thanks for posting these!

    I love Kat singing holiday music, suits her voice perfectly. :D Been waiting for a Kat Xmas album since she was on idol so I’m stoked :)

    And agree with the poster above as Kat being almost like a female Buble and could so an album mixed of standards and contemp stuff.That would be a nice idea.

    Having said that, i really liked a lot of the stuff on her unbroken album. Thought the subtleties and nuances in her voice suited the music and lyrics and it all worked really well. And the Joni Mitchell cover on the bonus track is heaven. :D

  10. Kat does a nice job on these Xmas songs. It does seem like she would naturally fit the “female Buble” role, and her singing style would be perfect for some of the great standards.

  11. Kat is not bad, but I think Melinda did the exact same gig one or two years ago and sounded better.
    The problem with the “female Buble” label is that there really isn’t much market for that, those type of “traditional pop” singers are generally male and a big part of their succes is due to their charm and sex appeal that sells to the crowd. But it seems that she found her small little niche and plays to her strengths, so good luck McPhee.

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