EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Katharine McPhee Goes Blonde for Her New Album

08/05/2009 at 06:00 AM ET

Ellen von Unwerth

Katharine McPhee is a born brunette, but for the cover shoot for her new album Unbroken, which hits stores October 6, the singer is trading her long brown locks for a sexy platinum shag — and she’s sharing the look exclusively with PEOPLE. “My music is a little more edgy so that inspired me to be adventurous,” she explains of taking the leap to blonde with stylist Peter Savic. “I’ve never dyed my hair before so this was a pretty drastic change. I’ve always been known as a brunette but I’ve been thinking about it for a long time and it kind of just fit with all of the searching with the music and experimenting that I would do the same thing with my look.” And she’s been noticing other effects of the new style as well. “The look has affected the way I dress, it’s inspired me to be more adventurous with what I decide to wear. It’s silly that something so simple as changing your hair could have such a big effect,” she muses. “I’m just having fun with it. This is a great time for me to do something different. I’m young — I always try to have a good time.” Learn more about Katharine’s new look in this week’s PEOPLE magazine, which hits stands today. Tell us: Do you prefer Katherine as a blonde, or do you want her to go back to brunette?

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Kevin on

Wow!! She looks HOT. I can’t say I would have made the change from brunette to blonde, but she definitely pulls it off! Can’t wait for the new album.

JMD [TKoN] on

Looks hot! Blonde, brunette, whatever… Katharine remains amazing no matter what. Tremendously excited for the new album.

Ann on

She is one of those gorgeous women that can carry off many different hair colors. She looks beautiful both ways!

sara on

jeez, when was the last time she ate something???

angel13 on

Manic Panic Flamingo Pink.


hilary on

HOT! love kat mcphee!!

Kate on

Yeah, she looks like a different person (too thin!)…I think I liked her better with the ‘natural’ look

LeslieD on

yeah–the first thing I noticed was not so much the blonde hair but how skinny she is getting–not good.

Me on

Oh damn she looks hot.

As for her being too skinny…. she definitely looks a bit thinner but it could also be her positioning that makes her look a lot thinner than she actually.

Steve on

Will always prefer “natural” Katharine McPhee, but I also love the new look. It’s exciting and fun :)

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