Named the “Best Secret Weapon” by Rolling Stone in 2011, McKee, a former Seattle resident, was encouraged by Sub Pop Records co-founder Jonathan Poneman to write songs at age 12. At 16, a demo of McKee’s original songs was heard by radio host Nic Harcourt, who subsequently played her song “Somebody” on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic.” The demo led to a deal with Reprise Records and the release of McKee’s debut album,Trouble, in 2004. Co-produced by GRAMMY-winning producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day) and GRAMMY-nominated engineer/producer Bob Power, Trouble featured 12 tracks written by McKee, including “Somebody,” which cracked the Top 40 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart.
In 2009 McKee was introduced to GRAMMY-nominated producers and songwriters Dr. Luke and Max Martin and the trio subsequently began writing songs together. McKee has co-written songs for artists such as Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, and Britney Spears, garnering multiple No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles chart, including Katy Perry’s “Roar,” “Teenage Dream” and “California Gurls.”
In 2012 McKee signed a deal with Antonio “L.A.” Reid’s Epic Records, which will issue her sophomore album in early 2014. The album’s first single, “American Girl,” peaked at No. 10 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. The promotional lip-sync video for the track features guest appearances by artists such as Carly Rae Jepsen, Ke$ha, Kiss, Macklemore, and Perry, and has more than 1.6 million views on YouTube.
GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Lionel Richie kicked off his upcoming All The Hits All Night tour last night in Hollywood, Fla. Ahead of the tour, Richie participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview, revealing what fans can expect from his first U.S. tour in nearly a decade.
#CoverGirl + GRAMMY Nominee P!nk taking over Downtown LA in #GRAMMYGlam style!
"I love writing pop music and I love listening to it, but I don’t want us to lose sight of [the idea] that an album is an artistic presentation … and I think it’s really important," said LP. "As fast as everything is moving now, we need to take the time and listen to records."