Demetria McKinney
Demetria McKinney 2015.jpg
McKinney in 2015
Born
Demetria Dyan McKinney

(1979-08-27) August 27, 1979 (age 42)
Other namesDee Dee McKinney, Demi
EducationFort Walton Beach High School
OccupationActress, singer
Years active2000–present
Children1
Websiteartistecard.com

Demetria Dyan McKinney (born August 27, 1979[1]) is an American actress and singer. From 2006 to 2012, during its original run, she starred in the TBS sitcom Tyler Perry's House of Payne, a BET revival of the show was announced in 2020. Her other series regular roles include TV One sitcom The Rickey Smiley Show, Bounce TV prime time soap opera Saints & Sinners and Syfy horror drama Superstition, as well as Motherland: Fort Salem on Freeform.

Her stage credits include playing Coretta Scott King in the Rhythm and Blues Opera I Dream (2010), as well as the role of Deena Jones in Dreamgirls (2012).[2] In 2017, McKinney played Whitney Houston in the TV One film Bobbi Kristina. She released her debut album Officially Yours in 2017.

Career

Acting

McKinney has performed in a number of Tyler Perry's stage plays, including Meet The Browns, Why Did I Get Married and Madea's Family Christmas. She starred as Janine Shelton-Payne on the TBS comedy series Tyler Perry's House of Payne from 2006 to 2012. She was nominated for a 2009 National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Vision Award for Best Performance in a Comedy, in recognition of her work on House of Payne.[3] She returned for the House of Payne spin-off The Paynes in 2018.[4] McKinney has guest starred on Necessary Roughness, Drop Dead Diva, Devious Maids, Chicago Med, and Being Mary Jane. She also appeared on Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta, as a recurring cast member during the seventh season, and a guest star on the eighth season.

From 2012 to 2014, McKinney had a series regular role on the TV One comedy series, The Rickey Smiley Show. In 2016, she was cast as Tamara Austin in the Bounce TV prime time television soap opera Saints & Sinners. In 2017, she was cast opposite Mario Van Peebles and Robinne Lee in the Syfy horror drama Superstition.[5] The series was canceled after one season. Also in 2017, McKinney starred in the TV One movie Bobbi Kristina as Whitney Houston, the late icon and mother to Bobbi Kristina.[6][7]

McKinney had a recurring role in the BET drama series The Quad from 2017 to 2018. She also played a leading role in the 2018 Christmas romantic film A Stone Cold Christmas. In 2019, she starred in the Urban Movie Channel family drama series A House Divided alongside Paula Jai Parker.[8] She was later cast in the Freeform drama series Motherland: Fort Salem.[9]

Singing

McKinney has performed in a number of musicals. In 2010, she performed in the Rhythm and Blues opera I Dream. She appeared in Dreamgirls and performed with Jennifer Holliday in 2012, and lent vocals to R&B singer Anthony David's album Love Out Loud.[10] In 2015, her single "Trade It All" charted on Billboard's Adult R&B Songs.[10]

In 2017, McKinney released her debut album Officially Yours.[11] She received a nomination for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist.[12] From this album, she released three singles: "Is This Love", "Happy" and "Easy" which peaked at #4 on the Adult R&B Songs chart.[13]

Personal life

McKinney faced homelessness at the age of 17 and has one child. [14]

She was in a decade long on-off relationship with TV producer Roger Bobb. McKinney called off their engagement in 2016, then later on announced she was dating music producer Eric Philips.[15]

Filmography

Film

Year Film Role Notes
2004 Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns Kim Brown Play
2006 Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? Trina Play
2007 Daddy's Little Girls Club Lady
2007 Standing Reign Reign Short film
2008 Before I Wake Tracy Mason Short film
2010 Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Shonda
2011 Church Girl Emily
2012 Raising Izzie Singer
2013 In the Meantime Felicia
2013 Let the Church Say Amen Tawny
2013 Deranged Tracey James Play
2015 Sons 2 the Grave Vanessa Bishop
2017 Bobbi Kristina Whitney Houston Television film
2017 Providence Island Mary Dunbar
2018 A Stone Cold Christmas Mia Stone Television film

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2006–2012, 2020 Tyler Perry's House of Payne Janine Shelton–Payne Main role (seasons 1–8), recurring role (season 9), 153 episodes
2011 Necessary Roughness Leanne Episode: "Whose Team Are You On?"
2012–2014 The Rickey Smiley Show Monica Series regular, 37 episodes
2014 Let's Stay Together Shauna Episode: "Date My Wife, Please"
2014 Drop Dead Diva Lisa Episode: "Cheers & Jeers"
2014 Devious Maids Natasha Jones Episode: "Private Lives"
2014–2015 The Real Housewives of Atlanta Herself; 13 episodes Recurring (season 7), Guest (season 8).
2015 Mann & Wife Lisa Lovejoy Episode: "Mann-ditory Counseling"
2016–2029 Saints & Sinners Tamara Austin Calloway Recurring cast (season 1)
Series regular (seasons 2–4)
2016 Chicago Med Mrs. James Episode: "Win Loss"
2017 Being Mary Jane Jessie Lords Episode: "Feeling Lost"
2017–2018 Superstition May Westbrook Series regular, 11 episodes
2017–2018 The Quad Beretta Hobbs Recurring role, 4 episodes
2018 The Paynes Janine Shelton–Payne Episodes: "A Surprise for the Paynes", "Revelations of Payne", "A Confrontation of Payne"
2019–present A House Divided Carissa Walker Series regular
2020 American Soul June Pointer Episode: "Satisfaction"
2020–present Motherland: Fort Salem Anacostia Quartermaine[16] Main role

Discography

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak positions
US
Indie

[17]
Officially Yours 48

Singles

Title Year Peak chart position Album
US
US
Adult R&B

[13]
"Get Yo ..Ish" 2011
"Take Away This Love" 2012
"Still Believe in Love (feat. Musiq Soulchild)" 2013
"Work With Me"
"100 (feat. da Brat)" 2015
"Trade It All" 2015 25
"Unnecessary Trouble (feat. Kandi Burruss)"
"Easy" 2017 4 Officially Yours
"Is This Love"

References

  1. ^ Benozilio, Shira (January 5, 2015). "Demetria McKinney". HollywoodLife.com. Bonnie Fuller. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  2. ^ Tube, Stage. "STAGE TUBE: Meet Demetria McKinney - 'Deena' in The Muny's DREAMGIRLS!". Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  3. ^ "Nominees Announced for NAMIC Vision Awards Recognizing Diversity in Television Programming" (PDF). Namic.com. February 11, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2014.
  4. ^ admin. "EGL EXCLUSIVE: Demetria McKinney Discusses the Return of "The Paynes," Her Forthcoming Album, Donald Trump and More!Everything Girls Love - Everything Girls Love". everythinggirlslove.com. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  5. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (July 31, 2017). "'Superstition': Syfy Drama From Mario Van Peebles, XLRator Sets Cast; Netflix Boards". Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  6. ^ "Demetria McKinney Became The Most Vulnerable She's Ever Been For Her Role As Whitney Houston". Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  7. ^ "Bobbi Kristina Brown's Life Gets the Made-for-TV Biopic Treatment: See the First Cast Shot". April 28, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  8. ^ Yang, Rachel (March 28, 2019). "UMC Sets New Drama 'A House Divided,' 'Craig Ross Jr.'s Monogamy' Season 2".
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (July 10, 2018). "'Motherland': Freeform Sets Cast For Drama Pilot From 'Claws' Creator, Begins Production".
  10. ^ a b "Demetria McKinney | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  11. ^ "The many shades of Demetria McKinney". www.theatlantavoice.com. October 16, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  12. ^ "Demetria McKinney Nominated For NAACP Image Award And Comes To The Apollo - Harlem World Magazine". November 21, 2017. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  13. ^ a b "demetria Album & Song Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
  14. ^ "Demetria McKinney on Overcoming Homelessness, Abuse [VIDEO]". Black America Web. June 12, 2015. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  15. ^ "Roger Bobb Is Canceled: Demetria McKinney Has A New Man". madamenoire.com. September 21, 2016.
  16. ^ Swift, Andy (March 5, 2019). "Freeform Orders Drama Series About Witches in the Military — Watch Teaser". TVLine. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  17. ^ "Demetria McKinney Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  18. ^ "Officially Yours". October 6, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2017 – via Amazon.