Along with dropping “Lick My Lips,” her first single in several years, Katharine McPhee announces the release on her 3rd studio album, Hysteria, due out on July 24.
“There’s so many things and events that have happened in my life in the last 3 or 4 years,” she explained in an interview with Billboard. “[With earlier albums] I found it difficult to find inspiration of things I wanted to sing about. I think I was also shy; I wasn’t sure of myself as a writer. I really didn’t feel like I had that much to say, had that much to write about. So I think the overall theme [of this record] is that, yes, there’s been searching, there’s been heartbreak, there’s been longing, I think finally, for the first time, I felt motivated to find stories within my own life to write about.”
The songs for the album came about via collaborations with people at various writers’ camps. It was exciting for the singer/actress to “just live studio life” for a little while. “When you come out of the crazy Idol cycle you don’t really get to do that,” she explained about her time competing on the 5th season of American Idol. “I didn’t really get the full experience of what it’s like to be an artist in the studio. You know: stay up late and be creative and order food and drink wine at 2 o’clock in the afternoon; really have a camaraderie and banter with the girls who I was working with.”
Kat’s next musical project is the one-night only Broadway concert version of Bombshell, the Marilyn Monroe musical that was the centerpiece of her ill-fated NBC musical drama, Smash. The event benefits the Actors Fund.
“I had no idea the show, this one night thing would become as big as it is,” Kat said about the sold-out June 8th concert. “People are really, they’re more crazy about Smash now then they were when it was on the air.”
“[Smash] was short-lived, I wish it lasted longer, but it really was such an incredible show to be a part of. So this is really fun — an incredible celebration,” said Kat, “I hope the fans who are there at the show are just completely ravenous and crazy for the music and we’ll just treat it like a concert, not be all prim and proper. I just want people to go crazy and really relish the music for the night because it’s going to be so fun for all of us.”
Currently, Katharine stars in the CBS drama, Scorpion, which returns to the network for a second season this fall.