China Anne McClain
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Date of Birth

August 25, 1998 (age 14)


Chyna Parks

China Anne McClain (born August 25, 1998) is an American teen actress, singer, and songwriter. Her father and mother are singer producers. She has two sisters. As of August 2011, China has amassed more than $600,000 throughout her career.[2]

China's career began in 2005 when she was seven years old acting in the movie The Gospel. However, she


China at the KCA's

copies sold in its first week. The release containing the hit song Calling All Monsters that reached the eighty-sixth spot on the Billboard Hot 100. There are plans to release an album with her siblings in 2012 published by Hollywood Records under the moniker The McClain Sisters.


2005–10: Early work and Tyler Perry's House of PayneEdit

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 alongside Boris Kodjoeand Idris Elba.[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.

She appears in the movie Daddy's Little Girls with her real-life sisters, Sierra and Lauryn who are also actresses, play her older sisters in the film. Her father, Michael McClain, is a music producer. Her mother, Shontell, is a songwriter. McClain appeared in and guest starred in various other shows and movies such as Hannah Montana with Sierra McCormick, NCIS and the 2009 film Hurricane Season. She also appeared in the movie Grown Ups as Charlotte McKenzie. In the same year when she landed a recurring role as Kiara on Jonas L.A. and was featured on the Jonas L.A. (soundtrack).

2011–present: A.N.T. Farm and music careerEdit

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 with Sierra McCormick from Hannah Montana and Jake Short, along with Carlon Jeffery, and Stefanie Scott. For the show, McClain recorded a cover of Taio Cruz's "Dynamite". 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. 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".

As of June 14, 2011, McClain was signed with Hollywood Records.[3]

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. On November 24, 2011, China preformed her song "Unstoppable" in the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.

Personal lifeEdit

McClain was born in Atlanta, Georgia where she also goes to school.


Year Title Role Notes about the shows she did
2005 The Gospel Alexis Film debut
2006–present Tyler Perry's House of Payne Jazmine Payne (Seasons 1-4, Season 5; absent, Season 6; main, Season 7; recurring)
2007 A Dennis the Menace Christmas Margaret Direct-to-video movie
Daddy's Little Girls China James
2008 Six Blocks Wide Neighbor #8
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Sasha Obama TV series (uncredited)
2009 Hannah Montana Isabel 1 episode ("Welcome to the Bungle")
NCIS Kayla Vance 1 episode ("Knockout")
Jack and Janet Save the Planet Janet TV movie
2010 Hurricane Season Alana Collins Direct-to-video movie
Grown Ups Charlotte McKenzie
Jonas L.A. Kiara 3 episodes (Guest star)
2011 Wizards of Waverly Place Tina 1 episode ("Wizards vs Angels")
2011–present A.N.T. Farm Chyna Parks Lead role; Disney Channel Original Series
2011 PrankStars Herself Special Guest Star
Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off Herself Musical Guest - Results show



Soundtrack albumsEdit

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
Title16em Year Peak chart positions Album




"Dynamite" 2011 A.N.T. Farm
"Calling All the Monsters" 86 89
"Unstoppable" 2012
"—" denotes a title that was not released or did not chart in that territory.

Other appearancesEdit

Song Year Album
"Your Biggest Fan"

(Nick Jonas featuring China Anne McClain)

2009 Jonas L.A.

Music videosEdit

Year Song Notes
2011 Dynamite Music Video Premired on Disney Channel
Calling All the Monsters


Year Award Cateogry Work Result
2011 Teen Icon Awards Icon To Tomorrow A.N.T. Farm Nominated