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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.
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 and 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. Her real sisters, Sierra and Lauryn, 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, she landed a recurring role as Kiara on Jonas L.A. and was featured on the 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 the two-part episode "Wizards vs. Angels". She plays an angel. 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 the Disney Channel. After less than a week, more than 1 million views on youtube.com were reported. She has appeared in an episode of PrankStars.
As of June 14, 2011, McClain was signed with Hollywood Records.
The A.N.T. Farm soundtrack is to be released on October 18, 2011, featuring China Anne's version of 'Dynamite' by Taio Cruz
China Anne McClain was born in Atlanta, Georgia where she also goes to school. Both of her sisters also act. She enjoys reading. The Hunger Games and the Twilight series are among her favorites. along with the Percy Jackson series. She enjoys listening to music by Plies. Read more on Last.fm
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