China Anne McClain

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China Anne McClain
China Anne McClain 2011.jpg
McClain performing at Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade 2011
Born (1998-08-25) August 25, 1998 (age 16)[1]
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Occupation Actress, singer, songwriter, musician, dancer
Years active 2005–present
Musical career
Genres Pop, R&B, dance
Instruments Vocals, bass, piano, guitar[2]
Labels Walt Disney , Hollywood
Associated acts McClain Sisters

China Anne McClain (born August 25, 1998) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, musician, and dancer. Her father and mother are singers and producers. She has two sisters namely: Sierra and Lauryn, forming the group McClain Sisters. China's career began in 2005 when she was seven years old acting in the movie The Gospel; however, she became nationally known after 2007, when she joined the cast of the series Tyler Perry's House of Payne as Jazmine Payne, and internationally as Chyna Parks, the star of the Disney Channel television series A.N.T. Farm.

Disney released the soundtrack of the television series ANT Farm on October 11, 2011. McClain sings six songs and two solos with her sisters on the soundtrack, which debuted in the Billboard 200 at number 29 with 14,000 copies sold in its first week. The release containing the hit song "Calling All the Monsters" that reached the eighty-sixth spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

Personal life[edit]

McClain was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Her father, Michael McClain, is a music producer.[3] Her mother, Shontell, is a songwriter.[4] She currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her family.[5]


2005–10: Early work and Tyler Perry's House of Payne[edit]

McClain was discovered in 2005 by a music executive who heard her sing and encouraged director Rob Hardy to audition her for his 2005 feature film The Gospel.[1] Her role caught the attention of Tyler Perry, who cast her as Jazmine Payne in the television series Tyler Perry's House of Payne.[3]

She appears in the movie Daddy's Little Girls with her sisters, Sierra and Lauryn, who are also actresses and play her older sisters in the film.[3] McClain appeared in and guest starred in various other shows and movies such as Hannah Montana with Sierra McCormick, NCIS[6] and the 2009 film Hurricane Season.[7] Jonas L.A. was also a Disney Channel shows she was on. She also appeared in the movie Grown Ups, as Charlotte McKenzie.[3]

2011–present: A.N.T. Farm and music career[edit]

McClain appeared on the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place in 2011 as Tina in one episode entitled "Wizards vs. Angels". In 2011, McClain was cast as the lead role in the Disney Channel series A.N.T. Farm. For the show, McClain recorded a cover of Taio Cruz's "Dynamite".[8] She also sings the series theme song, "Exceptional". China Anne's first music video, for "Dynamite", premiered on July 23, 2011 on Disney Channel. After less than a week, more than 1 million views on YouTube were reported. She has appeared in an episode of PrankStars.[9] She also appeared in the Chiddy Bang Opposite of Adults music video. For the Disney Channel Halloween special in 2011, she performed the song, "Calling All The Monsters".[10]

On June 14, 2011, China and her sisters – known as the McClain Sisters – signed with Hollywood Records.[11] The A.N.T. Farm soundtrack was released on October 11, 2011, featuring China Anne's version of "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz. On September 28, 2011, China Anne released "Calling All The Monsters" to iTunes. "Calling All The Monsters" charted number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[12] On November 24, 2011, China performed her song "Unstoppable" in the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.[13] She co-starred in the 2013 sequel Grown Ups 2. On December 27, 2013, it was announced on her Twitter page that A.N.T. Farm would be ending after it's 3rd season.[14] On the same day, it was revealed that the McClain Sisters had left Hollywood Records.[citation needed] In the March/April 2014 issue of BYOU Magazine, China said it was "bittersweet" that A.N.T Farm was ending, and announced plans to focus on doing music with her sisters.[15]

McClain appeared on ABC's Sing Your Face Off television show, broadcast from May 31 – June 14, 2014, winning the show's first season.

Episode Song Artist covered Result
1 "Diamonds" Rihanna Safe
2 "Proud Mary" Tina Turner Safe
3 "Rockin' Robin" Michael Jackson and Bobby Day Safe
4 "Girl on Fire" Alicia Keys Safe
5 "Living in America" James Brown Safe
6 "The Greatest Love of All" Whitney Houston Winner


Year Film Role Notes
2005 The Gospel Alexis Film debut
2006 Madea's Family Reunion Tamara
2007 A Dennis the Menace Christmas Margaret Direct-to-video movie
2007 Daddy's Little Girls China James
2008 Six Blocks Wide Neighbour #8
2009 Jack and Janet Save the Planet Janet TV movie
2010 Hurricane Season Alana Collins Direct-to-video movie
2010 Grown Ups Charlotte McKenzie
2013 Grown Ups 2 Charlotte McKenzie
2014 How to Build a Better Boy Gabby Harrison Disney Channel Original Movie
Year Film Role Notes
2006–2012 Tyler Perry's House of Payne Jazmine Payne (Seasons 1–6, Season 7 recurring)
2008 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Natasha Obama TV series (uncredited)
2009 Hannah Montana Isabel Episode: "Welcome to the Bungle"
NCIS Kayla Vance Episode: "Knockout"
2010 Jonas L.A. Kiara Tyshana 3 episodes
2011 Wizards of Waverly Place Tina (good Angel) Episode: "Wizards vs Angels"
2011–2014 A.N.T. Farm Chyna Parks Lead role; Disney Channel Original Series
2011 PrankStars Herself Episode: "Game Showed Up"
2012 So Random! Herself Musical Guest
2013 Doc McStuffins Tisha
2014 Sing Your Face Off Herself Contestant
2014 R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series Sam Covington Episode: "Argh V"; lead role of episode


Further information: McClain Sisters

Soundtrack albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Kids
A.N.T. Farm
  • Released: October 11, 2011
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney
29 2 1
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Dynamite" 2011 A.N.T. Farm
"Calling All the Monsters" 86 89 119
"—" denotes a title that was not released or did not chart in that territory.

Other appearances[edit]

Song Year Other(s) artist(s) Album
"Your Biggest Fan" 2009 Nick Jonas Jonas L.A.
"I Got My Scream On" 2012 N/A Make Your Mark: Ultimate Playlist
"How Do I Get There from Here" N/A
"Jingle Bell Rock" 2012 McClain Sisters Disney Channel Holiday Playlist
"Dancing Be Myself" 2014 N/A Disney Channel Play It Loud
"DNA" 2014 N/A Disney Channel Play It Loud
"Stars Aligning" 2014 N/A A.N.T. Farm
"Something Real" 2014 Kelli Berglund How to Build a Better Boy

Music videos[edit]

Year Songs Notes
2011 "Dynamite" Music video premiered on Disney Channel
"Calling All the Monsters"
2014 "Something Real" Feauting Kelli Berglund Music video premiered on Disney Channel


Year Award Category Work Result
2011 NAMIC Vision Awards[20] Best Performance – Actress of Comedy Jazmine Payne by Tyler Perry's House of Payne Won
Teen Icon Awards[20] Icon To Tomorrow A.N.T. Farm Nominated
2014 NAACP Image Awards[21] Outstanding Performance in a Youth/ Children's Program – (Series or Special) A.N.T. Farm Won


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  4. ^ Barnes, Brooks (May 10, 2011). "Tween Stars Wanted: Must Be Primed for Pressure". Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Biography of China". Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
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  9. ^ Ross, Robyn (August 5, 2011). "First Look: China Anne McClain Gets Her Game On for PrankStars". TV Guide. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ "China Anne McClain – Calling All The Monsters Music Video – A.N.T. Farm – Disney Channel Official". youtube. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Ps. check out our new signee @RealChinaAnne --- she's a super doll!". Hollywood Records. June 14, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Adele Reclaims Hot 100 Throne, B.o.B Blasts into Top 10". billboard. October 5, 2011. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  13. ^ An, Vickie (November 23, 2011). "Pop Parade". Time for Kids. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
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  19. ^ "Chart Log UK: New Entries Update". The Official Charts Company. Zobbel. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  20. ^ a b "China Anne McClain – Awards and nominations". IMDB. June 28, 2010. Retrieved March 30, 2012. 
  21. ^ Couch, Aaron (February 22, 2014). "NAACP Image Awards: The Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 

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