Paul McDonald
Paul McDonald
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.
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What Makes Workers Happy? How Could They Be Happier?
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
A survey of 12,000 U.S. and Canadian workers indicates general happiness, but many businesses still struggle to retain workers with in-demand skills. Robert Half Associates senior executive Paul McDonald and Lunch Break's Tanya Rivero discuss which sectors have the happiest workers and how businesses can capitalize on the outlook of their employees. Photo: iStock
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Biggest Starting Salary Increases Coming in 2017
Wall Street Journal - 6 months
The future is looking up, at least when it comes to average starting salaries. Robert Half senior executive director Paul McDonald joins Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero with salary projections for fields including tech, law, and accounting, in 2017. Photo: iStock
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American Idol Recap: Hollywood... or Home!
The Hollywood Gossip - about 3 years
American Idol settled in Hollywood last night, where 212 Golden Ticket recipients touched down at LAX… and were immediately whisked to an airport hanger to perform. Of those selected for this round, 52 were considered the weakest and forced to sing for their Season 13 lives in front of Keith, J. Lo and Harry. Talk about pressure! Kenzie Hall American Idol Audition Spencer Lloyd - "Say Something" Who crumbled from it? Who rose to the occasion? Majesty Rose impressed with a Feist cover. Briana Oakley came through with a version of "Mama Do." Spencer Lloyd likely made this kid cry with a rendition of "Say Something." Kenzie Hall’s put an acoustic spin on Macklemore’s "Can’t Hold Us." Tiquila Wilson and Jena Asciuto also performed admirably. Following the Solo auditions, though, it was on to the Group round, an exercise in forced drama and editing that never produces quality music. In this case, Jessica Meuse was made to look like a drama queen for want ...
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Businesses Struggling to Find Top Talent
Fox Business News - over 3 years
The job market may still be tight, but for small business owners looking to hire it may as well be the booming late 1990's, according to a new survey. A study conducted by staffing company Robert Half International finds small business owners are struggling to find and retain top talent, despite the numbers of people searching for work. "Six out of ten small business owners (based on the survey of more than 300 SMBs) are having a hard time finding the staff to hire," says Paul McDonald, senior executive director with Robert Half. "Small business owners have multiple priorities and hiring takes time." When it comes to those highly skilled workers, the ones that help a company grow, McDonald says there is currently a talent shortage, and competition is fierce to land them. That puts small business owners at a greater disadvantaged, because they not only have to compete for talent with other small businesses, but they have to contend with their larger brethren. "Small business ...
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5 Ways to Keep Your Best Employees Happy
Fox Business News - almost 4 years
Employers who thought finding great employees was their biggest staffing need are quickly realizing holding on to them once they have them is of much greater concern, new research shows. A study by staffing firm Robert Half revealed that nearly 40 percent of chief financial officers consider retaining valuable staff members to be their biggest challenge over the next year, even more so than maintaining employee productivity. "Though general unemployment levels remain high, professionals with specialized skills have more opportunities available to them, which has led to talent shortages in some areas and made replacing valuable employees even more difficult," said Paul McDonald, Robert Half senior executive director. "Employers will need to pull out all the stops to retain their best and brightest, including ensuring compensation is competitive and top performers know there's a career path available to them with the company." Robert Half offers employers several tips for retain ...
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Is Nikki Reed Ready For Babies?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Nikki Reed just celebrated -- and mourned -- the end of the "Twilight Saga" franchise, but just because she's got a little extra time on her hands, doesn't mean she's ready to start a family. The 24-year-old actress told HuffPost Celebrity that she and hubby Paul McDonald, 28, are basking in newlywed bliss and aren't too concerned with expanding their brood. "We talk about having kids," Reed explained. "I like that we talk about it a lot, so I feel like we’re going to be really prepared ... Well hopefully." She added, "I don’t know if anyone is ever really prepared. It’s one of those things that happens when it supposed to happen. So, I don’t know if it’s going to happen right now, but eventually." As for married life, Reed says she and McDonald are loving it. "It’s great!" she gushed, explaining that the pair have been traveling around promoting their EP, "The Best Part," which was released in November. "We are enjoying playing music together," she continued. " ...
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Rock n Roll Marathon Vegas: PHOTOS
CNN - about 4 years
The Zappos Rock n Roll Marathon took place on Sunday December 2, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. Over 30,000 runners from every state and several countries came to Sin City to compete and raise money for a good cause. The Rock n Roll Marathon series is a world class marathon organization that embeds charity into its races. This marathon was a benefit for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.   America's newest bachelor Sean Lowe participated in the race as a part of Crohn's & Colitis Team Challenge.   Other celebrities on hand included Kate Gosselin, Nikki Reed (Twilight) and Paul McDonald (American Idol).   Kate Gosselin was very excited to take part in the marathon. "I try to run as often as I can. Running about 10 miles each time I get out," Gosselin stated.   Nikki Reed and husband Paul McDonald ran the race together. When asked what they would do if one got tired, McDonald said "We are in this together, its a big accomplishment for both of us. We will stick together ...
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Nikki Reed Opens Up About Her Childhood
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Nikki Reed has come a long way since she wrote and starred in the 2003 indie film "Thirteen," which is loosely based on her own childhood. The 24-year-old actress has starred in one of the most beloved film franchises of all time -- "The Twilight Saga" -- and has four new films coming out this year. But what Reed knows now is the effect her first movie had, not only on audiences, but on her family in particular. "I have tons of regrets with that," Reed tells Zooey magazine in its new issue. "'Thirteen' was really hard on my family. I wrote this movie about them and their flaws and imperfections and what it was like growing up ... You get older and it’s like, how dare I portray my father as being a totally vacant careless schmuck?" In actuality, Reed's dad is nothing like his on-screen character, and she feels terrible for exaggerating her childhood and "not realizing how hurtful it was" to call "Thirteen" autobiographical. Believe it or not, Reed's father is th ...
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Have A Happy, Pop-Cultural Thanksgiving
MTV News - over 4 years
Once you've gobbled down the Thanksgiving turkey and pummeled that perfect pumpkin pie, you might be left with a lot of time on your hands during the three-day weekend. After all, one can only play Parcheesi with Aunt Bertha or browse the wool socks clearance bin with Uncle Bob so many times before a bit of familial fatigue sets in. Which is why your trusty Hollywood Crush writers are here with a pop-culture to-do list stuffed with top-notch things to watch, read and listen to during the holiday. (Stretchy pants optional...) Dig in! 'Glee'-ful 'Giving You best clear those dirty dishes quick if you don't want to miss a brand-new episode of "Glee." That's right, McKinley High School is in session for the holiday (unfortunate for them, great for us), and New Directions is slinking into Spandex for a superhero-themed hour of song and dance titled "Dynamic Duos." Let's just say we'd gladly forfeit a second helping of candied yams for a little alone time with Blaine's Nightbird. Superma ...
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Get an Exclusive First Look at Nikki Reed’s Jewelry Line
People Magazine - over 4 years
Jeff Vespa/WireImage; Courtesy Glamhouse The Twilight Saga might be over, but Nikki Reed certainly isn’t going anywhere: The actress is venturing into the accessory business. Reed recently unveiled a capsule jewelry collection for Glamhouse — but she’s not just another celebrity designer. In fact, jewelry making is in her genes. “My great-grandmother was a jewelry designer, so it’s possible that somewhere buried deep in my mind I knew this was a craft I wanted to continue,” Reed tells PEOPLE. The affordable line (everything is less than $100), called Mattlin Era, features rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets with a natural handmade vibe, all inspired by the star’s family — husband Paul McDonald included. “He was so excited for me!” Reed says. “He let me work on everything by myself, but at the end of each day he wanted to hear all about it.” Reed’s favorite pieces include the “Topanga” cuff, a silver etched bracelet ($75, above) and the “Humility” necklace, a gold chain w ...
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A Brief History Of 'Twilight' Stars Singing On The Soundtrack
MTV News - over 4 years
In case you missed it, the full track listing for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" soundtrack dropped yesterday, and as any fangirl worth her O-negative could have guessed, the album is a mix of high-profile artists (Green Day), indie acts (A Boy and His Kite) and previous players (Christina Perri). Then there's Nikki Reed. The "Twilight" actress and husband, former "American Idol" contestant Paul McDonald, will contribute the song "All I've Ever Needed" to the album. The actress took to Twitter yesterday to thank fans for their support: "We worked so hard! It's so exciting!" she wrote. Of course, Nikki isn't the first saga star to bite into one of the movie's soundtracks. That honor goes to everyone's favorite brooding bloodsucker Robert Pattinson, who had not one but two numbers featured in the first installment. "Never Think," a melancholy ballad, served as the backdrop to Edward and Bella's pasta date at a Port Angeles Italian restaurant, while the more rock-lade ...
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Sacramento Police Arrest Man For Exposing Genitals While Painted Like Flag
KNCI 105.1 - almost 5 years
Eric Anichini SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento Police officers had a couple of colorful encounters on Thursday night, including a run-in with one man painted like the American flag. Officers received a call of a man painted like the flag standing on the street corner in the 5800 block of Stockton Boulevard exposing his genitals to passing traffic. Officers contacted and detained the colorfully painted Eric Anichini, 43. He was arrested for indecent exposure and an outstanding warrant. Paul McDonald Earlier Thursday, police observed a man yelling and wildly waving his arms and fists at people while they were visiting Old Sacramento. When an officer attempted to talk to the subject, he immediately became confrontational and repeatedly punched the officer in his face and body, police said. The officer and subject wrestled on the ground until additional units arrived on scene to assist in taking the man into custody. Paul McDonald, 45, was arrested for felony assaul ...
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Kristen Stewart & Nikki Reed Among Star Power at Coachella
Gossip Center - almost 5 years
Treating herself to a weekend of outdoors excitement, Kristen Stewart was among the many taking to Indio, CA for the second week of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. The Bella Swan star was casually dressed as she and a few friends roamed the Empire Polo Club grounds along with fellow celebs including her "Twilight" co-star Nikki Reed (and husband Paul McDonald), as well as Emma Roberts, Dita Von Teese, Alicia Silverstone, Penn Badgley and Zoe Kravitz. Making for quite the entertaining lineup of performers, some of the acts taking the stage during Day 2 of the annual event's second weekend included Bon Iver, Feist, The Shins, Kaiser Chiefs and nighttime close Radiohead. Meanwhile, Kristen is less than a month away from setting off for Southern France - as both she and boyfriend Robert Pattinson have films competing in this year's Cannes Film Festival. Set to get underway on May 16th, Miss Stewart will be appearing on the red carpet for the premiere of ...
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Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald Show Off Wedded Bliss
Entertainment Tonight - almost 5 years
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Nikki Reed: 'Twilight' actress on her new song
Rolling Stone - over 5 years
The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1 actress <a class="fplink fp-206993" href="/nikki+reed">Nikki Reed</a> stopped by the Rolling Stone studio this week to chat about "Now That I Found You" the song she co-wrote with her husband former American Idol contestant <a class="fplink fp-638151" href="/paul+mcdonald+musician">Paul McDonald</a> "The only person that inspires what I write about is Paul"...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul McDonald
    TWENTIES
  • 2014
    Age 29
    In 2014, McDonald launched his solo career by releasing a single, "Bright Lights," on October 7, 2014, and a video released on November 3, 2014.
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    On July 8, 2014, McDonald and Reed released an album titled I'm Not Falling.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details As part of Hightide Blues As part of The Grand Magnolias Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed Appearances
  • 2013
    Age 28
    McDonald and his wife, Nikki Reed, starred in Hanson's 2013 music video for "Get the Girl Back".
    More Details Hide Details The video was filmed in January 2013, and released in April, 2013. As well as Paul and Nikki, other famous faces in the video include Kat Dennings, Drake Bell, Drew Seeley, Amy Paffrath, and Alex Beh.
  • 2012
    Age 27
    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."
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  • 2011
    Age 26
    The album has seen a boost in sales since Paul McDonald’s appearance on American Idol, and it reached number twelve on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and had sold 9,000 copies by April 27, 2011. iTunes pulled the album from its store, without explanation, and the sales dropped off 60% from the previous week.
    More Details Hide Details A week later the album returned, again without explanation. When the band learned that McDonald had made it through to the Hollywood round they put together a content release campaign to maximize the exposure from the show.
    Their engagement was confirmed in June 2011, and they married on October 16, 2011 in Malibu, California.
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    McDonald even recorded a song, "Now That I've Found You", with his wife Nikki Reed, which debuted on Ryan Seacrest's radio show on November 15, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The couple released their first EP together, The Best Part, on October 29, 2012.
    On May 25, 2011 he appeared on Rachael Ray along with Stefano Langone and Pia Toscano.
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    McDonald was one of the 11 performers in the 2011 American Idols Live Tour, which began in West Valley City, Utah, on July 6, 2011, and ended in Rochester, New York, on September 10, 2011.
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    McDonald was eliminated from the show on April 14, 2011, with a finish of 8th place.
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    He was also the first 2011 Idol hopeful to reach 50,000 followers on his newly created official American Idol Twitter account.
    More Details Hide Details McDonald continues to be one of the most popular American Idol Season 10 competitors on the social networking site.
    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."
    More Details Hide Details He was one of ten candidates chosen as a finalist based on public voting. Thirteen competed in the finals. Since entering the competition, McDonald has made use of the social networking site Twitter to communicate with his fans and promote his band, The Grand Magnolias. The album also debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart before McDonald even sang in the show’s semi-final round.
  • 2010
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The group's first album under its new name, entitled The Grand Magnolias, was released in 2011. The songs were written by McDonald and band member Jonathan Pears and produced by Dan Hannon and Ken Coomer.
  • 2006
    Age 21
    In 2006, McDonald put his education on hold to pursue a full-time career in music.
    More Details Hide Details After a limited edition self-titled EP Hightide Blues in 2007, the band released in 2008 a self-produced album, Love Come Easy, which was recorded in an old boarding school turned recording studio, operated by David Briggs, called the House of David in Nashville, Tennessee. The album garnered radio play from the songs "Dreamin' Alone" and "Let It Roll". Also included was a song called "Dancing with the Angels (Meg's Song)". McDonald wrote this song the night before the funeral of a close friend to the band, Meg Ingram, who died of cancer at the age of 21. McDonald performed the song at her memorial service. The band performs annually at the Meg Ingram Memorial Scholarship benefit concert in Huntsville. Hightide Blues has also had success on the Internet, winning multiple awards on OurStage.com including over 15 Top 10 placements, as well as reaching number 2 on Best of Pop for 2011. From 2007 to 2010, the band continued touring around the country, performing with musicians such as the Zac Brown Band, Sarah Bareilles, and JJ Grey and Mofro. Hightide Blues also played festivals such as the Bonnaroo Music Festival, the Florida Music Festival, the Hangout Festival, and the Lynyrd Skynyrd Simple Man Cruise. Between 2007 and 2010, Hightide Blues averaged around 150-200 shows per year.
  • 2005
    Age 20
    In the spring of 2005, he and fellow Auburn student Jonathan Pears began writing songs together, forming the band Hightide Blues.
    More Details Hide Details Adding two other members, Cragon Sims and Rob Foster, they began touring small clubs around the state of Alabama.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1984
    Born
    Born on August 29, 1984.
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