Almost 3 years ago Katharine McPhee released her debut album to mixed reviews. Featuring a blend of pop and R&B, the self-titlled album had a mixture of candied pop hits, corny ballads, lush R&B numbers and some not quite believable urban flavored ditties. The album was well received by the fans, and went on to sell 300,000 copies, mainly due to Ms. McPhee's immaculate vocals. Well, we all know the story from here. RCA booted Kat when they "cleaned house", along with other Idol alumni such as Taylor Hicks. That, my friends, was the best thing RCA could have done for Kat, all things considered. Because it freed her to find a label that was artist centric, fan centric, and was willing to take the time and effort to develop new talent. That label we all know today to be the illustrious Verve Forecast,home of some of the best vocal talent of the 20th century. And under Verve/Universal guidance, Kat has found what she was missing on her debut album. She has found the music, good music, real good music, and an emotional connection with it. She has also improved as a vocalist over the last few years, but that was never a problem, was it? No, it was the choice of music, and her connection to it. As I write this, I've only heard three tracks from Kat's new album "Unbroken" (I'm still waiting for my advance copy), but from what I've heard so far, this one will make Katharine McPhee a household name. Again. What a difference a label makes!