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China Anne McClain
China Anne McClain is a young American actress and singer. She was born to a highly artistic family on August 25, 1998, in Decatur, Georgia. Her father Michael wears many hats in the recording business as music producer, writer, sound engineer and vocalist. Her mother Shontell is also a singer and songwriter. Aside from China, the McClains have two older daughters, Sierra and Lauryn, who are also into acting and singing as well as a younger son, Gabriel. The family has a music production company called GabesWorld Music which was named after Gabriel.
Since they belong to a highly musical family it was only natural for the McClain girls to go into recording. China Anne and her sisters, Lauryn and Sierra, formed a singing group they affectionately called the “3mcclaingirls” and released their first single Silly Games in 2005. It was literally a labor of love as the sisters’ mother wrote as well as co-produced their music. Their father’s company, Gabesworld, produced the music with Larry Nix as co-producer.
Also in 2005, music executive Ian Burke who is also a family friend came over for dinner at the McClain’s. During the get together, China Anne entertained their guest by performing a song from the movie, Spy Kids 2. Their guest was so impressed with China Anne that he immediately called up movie director Rob Hardy who at that time just happened to be looking for a young girl who could sing as well as act for a movie project, The Gospel. China Anne soon auditioned for the role of Alexis and was hired. The movie, The Gospel, was her big screen debut where she co-starred with Boris Kodjoe and Idris Elba. Her sisters also appeared in a scene in the movie as members of the Children’s Gospel Choir.
Ms. McClain’s appearance in the movie opened doors of opportunities. Her exceptional talent caught the eye of producer and director Tyler Perry, who cast China Anne in his new syndicated TV series Tyler Perry’s House of Payne which premiered in June 2006. The then child star played the role of ‘Jazmine Payne,’ the daughter of the show’s main characters Clarence James AKA C.J. and Janine Payne. She also had a small role in the movie adaptation of the stage production Madea's Family Reunion which featured Tyler Perry as writer, producer and actor portraying several roles in the movie including that of the lead character ‘Mabel "Madea" Simmons ‘.
In 2007, China Anne co-starred with her real-life sisters, Lauryn and Sierra, in the romantic comedy-drama movie, Daddy’s Little Girls, with Tyler Perry writing the story and directing of the film from Lions Gate Entertainment. She later guest starred with girl pal, Sierra McCormick, in the Welcome to the Bungle episode of Disney’s Hannah Montana. She has appeared in the CBS drama series, Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service. She played 'Kayla Vance' in an episode called Knockout.
More movie roles came her way in the next couple of years. One is the sports drama movie from Dimension Films, Hurricane Season. She played ‘Alana Collins’ the daughter of the lead character played by Forest Whitaker. She later starred in the made for TV comedy film Jack and Janet Save the Planet, playing the heroic lead Janet. She co-starred with Ms. McCormick again in this movie. In 2010, China Anne was cast as Chris Rock’s daughter ‘Charlotte McKenzie’ in the buddy-comedy Grown Ups, which also starred Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, and David Spade. That same year, Ms. McClain was cast as ‘Kiara,’ a recurring role on the Disney original series Jonas LA which stars the Jonas Brothers. She was subsequently featured in the soundtrack of the show singing Your Biggest Fan together with the Jonas Brothers.
The following year, China Anne was a guest on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place playing the role of an angel named ‘Tina,’ in the three-part special episode Wizards vs. Angels. Her biggest role on television came with the Disney Channel Original Series, A.N.T. Farm, where she plays the part of music prodigy ‘Chyna Ann Parks.’ She also gets to star with her friend Sierra McCormick for the third time. For this show, Ms. McClain covered Dynamite by Taio Cruz. She is also the voice behind Exceptional, the show’s theme song. China Anne recorded Dynamite and made a music video of it which premiered on Disney Channel on July 23, 2011. It was uploaded on YouTube and within less that one week, the video reached 1 million views and over.
Later that same year, China Anne appeared on Disney Channel’s reality/hidden camera series called PrankStrars. She was also seen in a Chiddy Bang music video of their single Opposite of Adults. Then, on June 14, 2011, China Anne McClain signed up with record label Hollywood Records. Before the year was over, the Disney teen star was featured in the soundtrack of A.N.T. Farm. McClain sang six of the featured songs in the soundtrack as well as two solos. Upon its release, the soundtrack debuted at number 29 on the Billboards with as much as 14,000 copies sold on only its first week. She also performed a single from the soundtrack album entitled Calling all the Monsters for the Halloween Special of Disney Channel's A.N.T Farm. The same song was later released on iTunes and placed at number 86 on the charts of Billboard Hot 100. Then at the 85th Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, China was one of the featured performers and rendered her song Unstoppable. Reports say there are plans for the talented Disney star to record an album together with her siblings by 2012 which will be published by her new label Hollywood Records under the name The McClain Sisters.
It is very obvious that China Anne McClain is one talented young girl. She’s a real star in the making. But it’s not the fans adulation that China Anne loves the most about show business; she says that her favorite part in filming a movie is the hair and make-up time.
Despite her busy schedules, the teen actress finds time to indulge in her hobbies and interests which include dancing, singing, drawing greeting cards, and going to church together with her family. She also knows how to do the hula-hoop and has recently learned to roller-blade. According to China, she dreams of one day writing and directing her own featured film as well as go on a road tour with her sisters. The way things are looking up for this girl, it’s just a matter of time before her dreams come true.
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Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Wizards of Waverly Place
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