Paul McDonald

Singer + Songwriter + Idol
Born Aug 29, 1984

Paul McDonald is an American singer-songwriter from Huntsville, Alabama, who as of 2011 resides in Nashville, Tennessee. McDonald placed 8th on the tenth season of American Idol and since 2005, he has been the lead singer of the band Hightide Blues, renamed The Grand Magnolias in 2010. In 2011, he married Nikki Reed.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Paul McDonald.


1984 Birth Born on August 29, 1984.


2005 20 Years Old In the spring of 2005, he and fellow Auburn student Jonathan Pears began writing songs together, forming the band Hightide Blues. … Read More
2006 21 Years Old In 2006, McDonald put his education on hold to pursue a full-time career in music. … Read More
2010 25 Years Old In August 2010, McDonald and his band members moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and launched a campaign to let their fans choose a new name for the band. … Read More
On January 27, 2011, McDonald received a golden ticket to compete in Hollywood from judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson, and made it into the Top 24 by singing an original song, "American Dreams." … Read More
2012 27 Years Old In September 2012, McDonald appeared in a Parenthood episode as a musician who used Crosby and Adam's recording space, The Luncheonette, and sang a new song, "Counting Stars."
2013 28 Years Old McDonald and his wife, Nikki Reed, starred in Hanson's 2013 music video for "Get the Girl Back". … Read More
In March 2014, McDonald and Reed announced that they had separated. Reed filed for divorce on May 16, 2014, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized in January 2015. … Read More
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