China Anne McClain
Background information
Genre(s) Pop


Years active 2005-present
Label(s) Hollywood Records/Walt Disney Records/DreamWorks Animation
McClain Sisters
China Anne McClain (born August 25, 1998) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, musician, and dancer. Her father and mother are singers and producers. She has two sisters namely: Sierra and Lauryn, forming the group McClain Sisters. China's career began in 2005 when she was seven years old acting in the movie The Gospel; however, she became nationally known after 2007, when she joined the cast of the series Tyler Perry's House of Payne as Jazmine Payne, and internationally as Chyna Parks, the star of the Disney Channel television series A.N.T. Farm.

Disney released the soundtrack of the television series A.N.T. Farm on October 11, 2011. McClain sings six songs and two solos with her sisters on the soundtrack, which debuted in the Billboard 200 at number 29 with 14,000 copies sold in its first week. The release containing the hit song "Calling All the Monsters" that reached the eighty-sixth spot on the Billboard Hot 100.


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.[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.[4]

She appears in the movie Daddy's Little Girls with her sisters, Sierra and Lauryn, who are also actresses and play her older sisters in the film.[4] Her father, Michael McClain, is a music producer.[4] 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[5] and the 2009 film Hurricane Season.[6] Jonas L.A. was also a Disney Channel shows she was on. She also appeared in the movie Grown Ups as Charlotte McKenzie. In the same year when she landed a recurring role.[4]

2011–present: A.N.T. Farm, McClain Sisters and music career

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. For the show, McClain recorded a cover of Taio Cruz's "Dynamite".[7] 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.[8] 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".[9]

As of June 14, 2011 the McClain Sisters was signed with Hollywood Records.[10] 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.[11] On November 24, 2011, China performed her song "Unstoppable" in the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.[12]

Personal life

McClain was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her family.[13] @media print{ }ul.tabbernav{margin:0;padding:3px 0;border-bottom:1px solid #CCC;font:bold 12px Verdana,sans-serif}ul.tabbernav li{list-style:none;margin:0;display:inline}ul.tabbernav li a{padding:3px .5em;margin-left:3px;border:1px solid #CCC;border-bottom:none;background:#F2F7FF;text-decoration:none;white-space:pre}ul.tabbernav li a:link{color:#448}ul.tabbernav li a:visited{color:#667}ul.tabbernav li a:hover{color:#000;background:#FFF9F2;border-color:#CCC}ul.tabbernav li.tabberactive a{background-color:#FFF;border-bottom:1px solid #FFF}ul.tabbernav li.tabberactive a:hover{color:#000;background:#FFF;border-bottom:1px solid #FFF}.tabber .tabbertab{padding:5px;border:1px solid #CCC;border-top:0} div.ajax-poll{border:1px solid #c2c2c2;clear:both;margin-top:1em;padding:10px 20px 10px 10px;padding:1em;width:40em} div.ajax-poll{width:auto}div.ajax-poll div.header{font-weight:bold}div.ajax-poll div.row{margin:0.2em;padding:0.2em}div.ajax-poll-bar{background:#f33; }.pollAnswerName{font-size:0.9em;padding-left:10px}.pollAnswerVotes{border:1px solid #c2c2c2;font-size:10px;height:19px;margin-bottom:4px;margin-left:10px;position:relative;width:100%}.pollAnswerVotes div{background:#b6b6b6;border-right:1px solid #c2c2c2;font-size:1px;height:19px;left:0;line-height:19px;position:absolute;top:0;z-index:2}.poll .ourVote div{border:1px solid #777;left:-1px;top:-1px}.pollAnswerVotes span{left:3px;position:absolute;top:-3px;z-index:4}.label{cursor:pointer} /* cache key: disneychannel:resourceloader:filter:minify-css:7:749c1c21f35f4b579198448d50b1f845 */


Year Film Role Notes
2005 The Gospel Alexis Film debut
2006 Madea's Family Reunion Youth (unecredited)
2007 A Dennis the Menace Christmas Margaret Direct-to-video movie
Daddy's Little Girls China James
2008 Six Blocks Wide Neighbor #8
2009 Jack and Janet Save the Planet Janet TV movie
2010 Hurricane Season Alana Collins Direct-to-video movie
Grown Ups Charlotte McKenzie
2020 Trolls World Tour Lola Glitter Cenima Movie
Year Film Role Notes
2006–2012 Tyler Perry's House of Payne Jazmine Payne (Seasons 1–4; 6, Season 7 recurring)
2008 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Natasha Obama TV series (uncredited)
2009 Hannah Montana Isabel Episode: "Welcome to the Bungle"
NCIS Kayla Vance Episode: "Knockout"
2010 Jonas L.A. Kiara Tyshana 3 episodes
2011 Wizards of Waverly Place Tina (good Angel) Episode: "Wizards vs Angels"
2011–present A.N.T. Farm Chyna Parks Lead role; Disney Channel Original Series
2011 PrankStars Herself Episode: "Game Showed Up"
2016 Descendanrts:Wicked World Freddie TV Short


Further information: McClain Sisters===Soundtrack albums===

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
Title Year Peak chart positions Album






"Dynamite" 2011 A.N.T. Farm
"Calling All the Monsters" 86 89 119
"—" denotes a title that was not released or did not chart in that territory.

Other appearances

Song Year Other(s) artist(s) Album
"Your Biggest Fan" 2009 Nick Jonas Jonas L.A.
"I Got My Scream On" 2012 N/A Make Your Mark: Ultimate Playlist
"How Do I Get There from Here" N/A

Music videos

Year Songs Notes
2011 "Dynamite" Music Video Premiered on Disney Channel
"Calling All the Monsters"


Year Award Cateogry Work Result
2011 NAMIC Vision Awards[18] Best Performance - Actress of Comedy Jazmine Payne by Tyler Perry's House of Payne Won
2011 Teen Icon Awards[18] Icon To Tomorrow A.N.T. Farm Nominated


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  5. ^ Mitovich, Matt (February 24, 2009). "NCIS Dips into Murder Club to Find Vance's Wife". TV Guide. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  6. ^ "China Anne McClain". rotten tomatoes. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  7. ^ "China Anne McClain - Dynamite (from A.N.T. Farm)". youtube. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  8. ^ Ross, Robyn (August 5, 2011). "First Look: China Anne McClain Gets Her Game On for PrankStars". TV Guide. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  9. ^ "China Anne McClain - Calling All The Monsters Music Video - A.N.T. Farm - Disney Channel Official". youtube. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  10. ^ "Ps. check out our new signee @RealChinaAnne --- she's a super doll!". Hollywood Records. June 14, 2011.
  11. ^ "Adele Reclaims Hot 100 Throne, B.o.B Blasts Into Top 10". billboard. October 5, 2011. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  12. ^ An, Vickie (November 23, 2011). "Pop Parade". Time for Kids. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  13. ^ "Biography of China". Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  14. ^ a b c "Billboard Chart History: A.N.T. Farm Soundtrack". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  15. ^ "Billboard Chart History: China Anne McClain". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  16. ^ "China Anne McClain Chart History". acharts. 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  17. ^ "Chart Log UK: New Entries Update". The Official Charts Company. Zobbel. Retrieved 2011-04-20.
  18. ^ a b "China Anne McClain - Awards and nominations". IMDB. 2010-06-28. Retrieved 2012-03-30.

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