In Season 5 of American Idol, Katherine McPhee came in second place, losing to Taylor Hicks in 2006. The singer and actor are now talking openly about her hardships after participating in the reality program and being unable to find work in the music industry.
McPhee “retired” from the music business and then made a comeback with her husband, David Foster, for a holiday record. She hasn’t released a studio album in five years, but she recently discussed her career after American Idol in an interview.
In an interview with Yahoo, McPhee said, “Listen, if you’re a new artist, an unknown musician, and you sell half a million CDs on your first album, it’s a great success. “But of course, the anticipation was a million and more when arriving off a platform like Idol.
I recall feeling under a lot of strain and being let down. I also understood that the proper lift-off was necessary. I don’t have any self-pity or anything similar. I view it that way. I’m effective at it.
McPhee has succeeded as an actor by playing the lead in the Broadway production of Waitress on television in Smash and Scorpion.
She continued, I just didn’t find a home in the recording industry, so I didn’t want to take an extensive sabbatical from singing. “I’ve produced numerous albums. After winning American Idol, I released my debut album, which garnered excellent reviews from critics.
I also received a lot of celebrity attention. But I never actually received that big hit. I experienced small bursts of success here, there, and everywhere, and I was in a fantastic touring situation where I was traveling out and giving live performances. I thought it was beautiful, and it was.
She is a perfectionist, which McPhee mentioned as a reason she doesn’t release new music.
“When people offer me tunes, I tell them, “Nope, it won’t be good enough! I want to create a fantastic song, not just a good one. And those can be incredibly difficult to find at times,” she said.
McPhee said she might “bloom late and put out an album” when she’s 40 and has a significant hit that could define her career.