Katharine McPhee‘s most recent album Unbroken is most definitely one of my favorite albums recorded by a past American Idol contestant. In fact, I think it’s pretty safe to say that McPhee is one of my favorite singers to graduate from the Fox reality series. While her first album was a big, fat flop – both commercially and critically, she more than made up for those Top 40 missteps when recording her Adult Contemporary sophomore follow up. Turns out that Verve was the right place for her all along. When she left the Sony Family and joined up with Verve I KNEW good things were on the horizon…and after watching her newest music video for “Say Goodbye,” it looks like I was right!
An emotionally charged ballad, “Say Goodbye” has a lot of sentimental meaning for me, especially around this time of year. The one year anniversary of my mother’s passing is fast approaching and “Say Goodbye” was a song that helped get me through everything. I listened to it on repeat last winter and while it’s clear from watching the video (beautifully directed by Judson Pearce Morgan and starring House actor Jesse Spencer) that it’s about suicide, I think the lyrics can be applied to any sort of loss. The very poignant video features a newly Brunette McPhee looking all sad and lonely as she remembers her lost love played by Jesse Spencer.
Also worth mentioning, Katharine McPhee recently put out her first holiday album, titled Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You. The album bowed in #11 on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums Chart, selling over 1,000 copies in its first week. Pick it up today if you’re feeling festive. In the meantime, check out the sweet, sad video for “Say Goodbye” below: