|China Anne McClain|
Date of Birth
August 25, 1998 (age 14)
China's career began in 2005 when she was seven years old acting in the movie The Gospel. However, she
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. 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".
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.
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|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.|
|Title16em||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Calling All the Monsters"||86||89|
|"—" denotes a title that was not released or did not chart in that territory.|
|"Your Biggest Fan"
(Nick Jonas featuring China Anne McClain)
|2011||Dynamite||Music Video Premired on Disney Channel|
|Calling All the Monsters|
|2011||Teen Icon Awards||Icon To Tomorrow||A.N.T. Farm||Nominated|