Sessions: Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee talks about the approach in creating her new album 'Unbroken' did a live set for AOL Music’s Sessions, including her new single ‘Had It All’, ‘It’s Not Right’, ‘Keep Drivin”, ‘Lifetime’ and ‘Surrender’.

During an interview, the ‘American Idol’ alum talked about the approach to recording ‘Unbroken’, what she learned about her songwriting ability during the process, if she’s gone back and listened to her self-titled debut album, and what her song ‘Surrender’ is all about.

“I spent a lot of time on this record just trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to do,” Katharine said. “I want it to be more personal, so in doing that, I went to Nashville, because the head of Universal actually suggested I go there, because there’s great songwriters there and he knew that I wanted to really sing beautiful melodies and songs that really meant something to me, whether I wrote them or not. I spent several trips there, quite a few weeks at a time, and it was really fulfilling. I learned a lot. I learned what kind of songs I write and what kind of songs I don’t wanna write. I think I came out of Nashville with about 20 different songs and quite a few of them made it on the record. I spent time in LA working with other people and putting down vocals and sitting through tracking sessions. I think time passes when you’re busy working. I don’t think it was an intentional thing of trying to hide out or anything like that. It was just trying to find the best thing I could do for my next musical project.”

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  1. mgm says:

    Surrender and Lifetime are my favorites!!!

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