McPhee: I'd rather be authentic
Katharine McPhee has revealed that she initially struggled to find her identity in the music world.
The 25-year-old sang big songs and wore long gowns when she competed on American Idol then recorded a pop album for her debut record in 2007.
She said: "It was really hard for me to be able to find my identity because the label I was with at the time didn't see me doing that and didn't see me wearing the long gowns - they wanted me wearing the very short-short dresses and be that sex kitten or whatever because, you know, the Rihannas and the Cassies were really hot at the time and they thought, 'Oh, you know, let's put her in that mold'."
She continued: "I have a lot more to say than just singing those pop songs which I love. I'm a huge Top 40 lover... but I realised through that process it didn't really fit me. I'd much rather be authentic to myself than this machine that doesn't really stay true to you. It wasn't ultimately who I was."
Katharine said her new album, Unbroken, which is out now, is a true representation of who she is.
"With this I really took time and figured out really where I wanted to go and what I wanted to say and I wrote about half the record," she said.