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China Anne McClain

Born
China anne mcclain

August 25, 1998 (1998-08-25) (age 13)[1] Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.[1]

Genres Dance-pop
Occupations Actress, singer, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboard, violin, flute, trumpet
Years active 2005–present
Labels Hollywood Records

China Anne McClain (born August 25, 1998) is an American child actress and singer. McClain was formerly in Tyler Perry's House of Payne portraying the role of Jazmine Payne. She currently stars as Chyna Parks in the Disney Channel Original Series A.N.T. Farm.


Career

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

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 Kodjoe Hkennedy and 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. when 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, 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 career

McClain appeared on the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place in 2011 as Tina in one episode "Wizards vs. Angels". In 2011, McClain was cast as the lead role in the Disney Channel series A.N.T. Farm along with Sierra McCormick, Jake Short, 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 came out with the song, "Calling All The Monsters".

As of June 14, 2011, McClain was signed with Hollywood Records.[2]

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.

Personal life

China Anne McClain was born in Atlanta, Georgia where she also goes to school. Both of her sisters also act. She enjoys reading and sun flower seeds. The Hunger Games and the Twilight series are among her favorites.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Gospel Alexis Film debut
2006–2011 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
So Random Herself Upcoming Musical Guest

Discography

Albums

Singles

Year Song Album Notes
2011 "Dynamite" A.N.T. Farm Soundtrack Premiered on Disney Channel
"Calling All the Monsters" Premiered on Disney Channeland charted at #100 on the US Billboard Hot 100

and #91 on the Canadian Hot 100.

As Featured Artist

Song Year Album
"Your Biggest Fan"

(Nick Jonas featuring China Anne McClain)

2010 Jonas L.A.

Music videos

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

Awards

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