Demetria McKinney
McKinney in august 2015
Demetria Dyan McKinney

(1979-08-27) August 27, 1979 (age 44)
Other namesDee Dee McKinney, Demi
EducationFort Walton Beach High School
Occupation(s)Actress, model, singer
Years active2000–present

Demetria Dyan McKinney (born August 27, 1979[1]) is an American actress, model, 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), [2] In 2017, McKinney played Whitney Houston in the TV One film Bobbi Kristina. She released her debut album Officially Yours in 2017.



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 themed 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][10] In 2022, she began starring on The Winchesters.[11]


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.[12] In 2015, her single "Trade It All" charted on Billboard's Adult R&B Songs.[12]

In 2017, McKinney released her debut album Officially Yours.[13] She received a nomination for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist.[14] From this album, she released three singles: "Is This Love", "Happy" and "Easy" which peaked at #4 on the Adult R&B Songs chart.[15]

Personal life

McKinney faced homelessness at the age of 17 and has one child.[16]

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.[17]



Year Film Role Notes
2004 Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns Kim Brown Video
2006 Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? Trina Video
2007 Daddy's Little Girls Club Lady
Standing Reign Reign Short
2008 Before I Wake Tracy Mason Short
2010 Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Shonda
2011 Church Girl Emily
2012 Raising Izzie Singer TV movie
2013 In the Meantime Felicia TV movie
Let the Church Say Amen Tawny TV movie
2017 Bobbi Kristina Whitney Houston TV movie
Providence Island Mary Dunbar
2018 A Stone Cold Christmas Mia Stone
2021 Coins Forever Althea
Kirk Franklin's A Gospel Christmas Olivia TV movie
2022 Sons 2 the Grave Vanessa Bishop


Year Title Role Notes
2006–12 Tyler Perry's House of Payne Janine Shelton–Payne Recurring cast: Season 1, Main Cast: Seasons 2-8
2011 Necessary Roughness Leanne Episode: "Whose Team Are You On?"
2013–14 The Rickey Smiley Show Monica Episode: "Fotus" & "Prank Off"
2014 Let's Stay Together Shauna Episode: "Date My Wife, Please"
Drop Dead Diva Lisa Episode: "Cheers & Jeers"
Devious Maids Natasha Jones Episode: "Private Lives"
2014–15 The Real Housewives of Atlanta Herself Recurring cast: Season 7, guest: Season 8
2015 Mann & Wife Lisa Lovejoy Episode: "Mann-ditory Counseling"
2016 Chicago Med Mrs. James Episode: "Win Loss"
2016–19 Saints & Sinners Tamara Austin Calloway Recurring cast: Seasons 1 & 4, Main Cast: Seasons 2-3
2017 Being Mary Jane Jessie Lords Episode: "Feeling Lost"
2017–18 Superstition May Westbrook Main Cast
The Quad Beretta Hobbs Recurring cast: Season 1, guest: Season 2
2018 The Paynes Janine Shelton–Payne Recurring cast
2019–23 A House Divided Carissa Walker Main Cast
2020 American Soul June Pointer Episode: "Satisfaction"
Tyler Perry's House of Payne Janine Shelton–Payne Recurring cast: Season 9
2020–22 Motherland: Fort Salem Anacostia Quartermaine Main Cast
2022-23 The Winchesters Ada Monroe Main Cast


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak positions

Officially Yours 48


Title Year Peak chart position Album
Adult R&B

"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"


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  3. ^ "Nominees Announced for NAMIC Vision Awards Recognizing Diversity in Television Programming" (PDF). 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". 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. ^ Swift, Andy (March 5, 2019). "Freeform Orders Drama Series About Witches in the Military — Watch Teaser". TVLine. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (July 10, 2018). "'Motherland': Freeform Sets Cast For Drama Pilot From 'Claws' Creator, Begins Production".
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (April 1, 2022). "The Winchesters': Demetria McKinney Joins The CW's 'Supernatural' Prequel Pilot".
  12. ^ a b "Demetria McKinney | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  13. ^ "The many shades of Demetria McKinney". October 16, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  14. ^ "Demetria McKinney Nominated For NAACP Image Award And Comes To The Apollo - Harlem World Magazine". November 21, 2017. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  15. ^ a b "demetria Album & Song Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
  16. ^ "Demetria McKinney on Overcoming Homelessness, Abuse [VIDEO]". Black America Web. June 12, 2015. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  17. ^ "Roger Bobb Is Canceled: Demetria McKinney Has A New Man". September 21, 2016.
  18. ^ "Demetria McKinney Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  19. ^ "Officially Yours". October 6, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2017 – via Amazon.