McClain (band)

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McClain in 2011, from left to right: Sierra McClain, China Anne McClain, Lauryn McClain
McClain in 2011, from left to right:
Sierra McClain, China Anne McClain, Lauryn McClain
Background information
Also known as
  • McClain Sisters
  • 3mcclaingirls
OriginDecatur, Georgia, U.S.
Years active2005–2016 (on hiatus)
LabelsHollywood (2011–13)

McClain (formerly McClain Sisters and 3mcclaingirls) is an American girl group that was formed in 2005. The group consists of sisters China Anne McClain, Sierra McClain, and Lauryn McClain. They signed with Hollywood Records in 2011 and released their debut single "Go" in 2012. In 2013, the group left the record label. Their last single "Feelin' Like" was released in 2016. The group is now on hiatus and the sisters are pursuing their acting careers.

Early life[edit]

Sierra Aylina McClain was born on March 16, 1994,[1] Lauryn Alisa McClain was born on January 9, 1997,[2] and China Anne McClain was born on August 25, 1998. All three sisters were born and raised in Decatur, Georgia.[3][4] The sisters grew up watching Disney films and musical classics, and come from an artistic and musical family.[5] Their father, Michael McClain, is a music producer who produced Solange Knowles' debut album.[6] Their mother, Shontell McClain, is a songwriter and former screenwriter.[7] The sisters also have a little brother, Gabriel McClain, who was born on April 17, 2001.[8]

In 2004, the sisters became interested in music when they watched their father write and produce songs. The girls began to write songs, choreograph and dance. In addition to acting, singing, and dancing, all three sisters can play the guitar, bass, and piano.[9]


2005–2011: 3mcclaingirls and Daddy's Little Girls[edit]

In 2005, the sisters’ father had a friend over who was music executive. The music executive heard the sisters sing and encouraged director Rob Hardy to audition China for his 2005 feature film The Gospel. China was cast as the character Alexis and her sisters were in the supporting cast.[10] The sisters then became serious about a musical career and formed the girl group called the 3mcclaingirls.

They recorded their first song, "Silly Games". The song was produced by their father, Michael McClain, and written by their mother, Shontell McClain.[11] In 2006 China joined the main cast of Tyler Perry's House of Payne as Jazmine Payne and Sierra made guest appearances. In 2007 the group starred in the film Daddy's Little Girls as the James sisters.[9] In 2008 the group recorded the song "Daddy's Girl",[12] inspired by the movie, and released it exclusively on Myspace.[13] In 2008 the group began posting videos on their YouTube channel of themselves singing covers of songs.[14] They also continued pursuing their acting careers separately, making various appearances in films and on television.

2011–2013: McClain Sisters, Hollywood Records and A.N.T. Farm[edit]

On June 14, 2011 the group signed with Hollywood Records.[15] The sisters originally planned to use the name III as their group name, the number representing the three McClain girls in the group, but that idea was scrapped.[16] They instead changed their group name to the McClain Sisters. That same year China landed her own show on the Disney Channel called A.N.T. Farm. On October 11, 2011, the A.N.T. Farm soundtrack was released on which the group released two songs: "Perfect Mistake" and "Electronic Apology." The group had plans to release their debut album with the record label[16] but never did. In December the group performed their version of the song "Jingle Bell Rock" at the 2011 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade.[17][18] On March 4, 2012 they were the opening act in Houston for Big Time Rush on their Better with U Tour.[19][20]

On March 11, 2012 they performed their new song called "Rise" at the Mall of America. The song was written by the sisters and produced by their father, Michael McClain, and was the lead promotional single for the Disneynature film Chimpanzee. The song was released on March 23, 2012. The music video premiered on March 25, 2012 during an episode of Austin & Ally. It was also a featured song for Disney's Friends for Change.[21] The music video later premiered online on March 26, 2012.[22]

On September 11, 2012, their single "The Great Divide" was released which was featured in the Disney film Secret of the Wings and on the film's soundtrack Disney Fairies: Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust.

On November 2, 2012, the McClain Sisters premiered their debut single "Go."[23] Lauryn and Sierra guest starred and performed the song, alongside China, on November 23, 2012 during the episode "chANTs of a lifetime" for A.N.T. Farm.

2013–present: Leaving Hollywood Records, McClain, and hiatus[edit]

In December of 2013, China announced on Twitter that A.N.T. Farm would be ending after its third season.[24] Shortly after this announcement, the McClain Sisters parted ways with Hollywood Records. After leaving the record label, the group changed their name from the McClain Sisters to simply McClain.[25][26][27] The group released an official lyric video for their single "He Loves Me" on YouTube on December 14, 2013.[28] The song then became available on iTunes on February 20, 2014. Later that year, McClain released a Christmas song called "The Holiday Song".

In 2015 the group released the song "Clip My Wings" which was featured in the film The Sparrows: The Nesting and on the film's soundtrack The Sparrows: Now & Then.[29][30][31] In 2016 the group released their last single "Feelin' Like" on their SoundCloud. McClain is now on hiatus and all three sisters are pursuing their acting careers.[32][3][1][2]

Personal life[edit]

In 2014, Lauryn and China created a YouTube channel where they posted singing videos, challenges, tags, and Q&As. Sierra appeared in several of the channel's videos. Their last Youtube video was posted in April 2018 and the channel has since been inactive. As of 2020, the channel has approximately 677,000 subscribers and over 28 million views.[33][34]

They are Christians and reside in Los Angeles, California with their family.[35][36]



Title Year Album
"Rise"[37] 2012 Non-album singles
"He Loves Me"[38] 2014
"Feelin' Like"[32] 2016

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Silly Games"[39]
(featuring Tiff Mic)
2005 Non-album singles
"Daddy's Girl"[40] 2008
"The Great Divide"[41] 2012 Disney Fairies: Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust
"The Holiday Song"[42] 2014 Non-album single

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"Perfect Mistake" 2011 A.N.T. Farm
"Electronic Apology"
"Jingle Bell Rock" 2012 Disney Channel Holiday Playlist
"Sharp As a Razor" 2013 Shake It Up: I <3 Dance
"Clip My Wings"[30] 2015 The Sparrows: Now & Then

Music videos[edit]

Title Year
"Rise" 2012
"The Great Divide "

Concert tours[edit]

Opening act


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  2. ^ a b "Lauryn Alisa McClain". IMDb. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
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  4. ^ "Decatur Native Becomes Disney Channel Star". Decatur-Avondale Estates, GA Patch. May 25, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
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  6. ^ "Michael McClain | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  7. ^ "Shontell McClain". IMDb. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  8. ^ "Gabriel McClain". IMDb. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
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  10. ^ "Disney Channel Bio – China Anne McClain". Disney Channel Medianet. Archived from the original on November 28, 2011.
  11. ^ "China Anne McClain". IMDb. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
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  15. ^ "MCCLAIN SISTERS SIGN WITH HOLLYWOOD RECORDS". Black Celeb Kids. June 14, 2011. Archived from the original on January 26, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
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  18. ^ "OneRepublic and China Anne McClain and The McClain Sisters Perform for The 2011 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade | TigerBeat". Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  19. ^ "Big Time Rush show leaves little to like". March 5, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  20. ^ Rodeo, Houston Livestock Show &. "Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Officials Announce Star-studded Entertainer Lineup, Ticket Sales Information". Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  21. ^ "China Anne McClain & the McClain Sisters Performance and Signing" (PDF).
  22. ^ "McClain Sisters - Rise (Official Video from Disneynature's Chimpanzee)".
  23. ^ "Music – Go - iTunes United States". iTunes Store (US). Apple. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  24. ^ China⁷ (December 26, 2013). "It was GREAT filming ANT Farm but after 3 seasons it's come to an end. I'm excited about my secret projects and keeping you guys happy!". @chinamcclain. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
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  26. ^ "McClain Interview".
  27. ^ "mcclain". Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  28. ^ mcclainsisters (December 14, 2013), He Loves Me- Lyric Video, retrieved June 13, 2016
  29. ^ "May Day Film Festival selects "THE SPARROWS: NESTING" as an Official Selection. | Nandar Group, LLC". Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  30. ^ a b "The Sparrows: Now & Then".
  31. ^ "McClain Sisters". IMDb. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  32. ^ a b "Feelin' Like – Single by McClain". Soundcloud. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  33. ^ "Lauryn & China". YouTube. Retrieved April 12, 2020.
  34. ^ "Lauryn & China - About".
  35. ^ "Biography of China". Archived from the original on November 25, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  36. ^ "China Anne McClain's Religion and Political Views". Retrieved April 6, 2020.
  37. ^ "Rise – Single by McClain". iTunes Store (US). Apple. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  38. ^ "He Loves Me – Single by McClain". iTunes Store (US). Apple. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  39. ^ "MEMORY LANE: THESE GIRLS HAD NO TIME FOR "SILLY GAMES"". Young Black Stars. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
  40. ^ "3mcclaingirls! – Daddy's Girl". iTunes. Retrieved May 13, 2010.
  41. ^ "The Great Divide – Single by McClain". iTunes Store (US). Apple. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  42. ^ "The Holiday Song - Single". iTunes Store (US). Apple. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  43. ^ "THE MCCLAIN SISTERS TAKE TO THE STAGE". May 13, 2010. Archived from the original on March 8, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2010.

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