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Paul McDonald

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Auburn, Alabama, US (2005 – present)

Paul McDonald (born William Paul McDonald on August 29, 1984 in Auburn, Alabama, US) is an American singer-songwriter who currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. McDonald is a Top 13 finalist and 8th place finisher on the tenth season of American Idol. Since 2005, he has been the lead singer of the band Hightide Blues, renamed The Grand Magnolias in 2010.

McDonald was born in Auburn, Alabama to Dave and Susan McDonald and has a sister, Beth. In 2002, McDonald graduated from Huntsville High School and attended college at Auburn University to pursue a degree in Biomedical Sciences to become a pediatric dentist. While at Auburn University he became a member of the International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta.

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.” He was one of ten candidates chosen as a finalist based on public voting. McDonald was eliminated in 8th place on April 14th, 2011.

Since joining American Idol, McDonald has made use of the social networking site Twitter to communicate with his fans and promote his band The Grand Magnolias.

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  • Enchanted-Owl

    His new single "Counting Stars" is out now!

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • againstelegies

    MANCRUSH. I DON'T EVEN CARE.

    24 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Polly94

    His voice... :)

    8 Mar 2012 Reply
  • thearcadeangel

    I'm addicted to his voice, it melts me so yummie ...

    29 May 2011 Reply
  • Battle3

    can't wait for his album!

    26 May 2011 Reply
  • MusicaAlmaSexo

    He's so amazing! <3

    21 May 2011 Reply
  • igottrouble

    I could eat his voice.

    15 May 2011 Reply
  • missxulia

    I really, really loved him...but didn't expect him to get very far because of how "different" he is. [4] i'm glad he got on idol though because we had the opportunity to get to know him and his original music! can't wait for his EP!

    23 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Battle3

    hes apparently releasing an ep soon.....GOOD

    18 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Najlaa_23

    he's better off without idol, paul is an artist, after hearing the grand magnolias album it just seemed odd hearing him do covers every week when he can make such incredible original music [4] <3

    18 Apr 2011 Reply
  • NikaPau

    que suerte que se fue, cantaba horrible.

    17 Apr 2011 Reply
  • kelcristiny

    I really, really loved him...but didn't expect him to get very far because of how "different" he is. [3]

    17 Apr 2011 Reply
  • drenyelle

    America blows. His voice is awesome!

    17 Apr 2011 Reply
  • LightSmoke

    hes better off without idol, paul is an artist, after hearing the grand magnolias album it just seemed odd hearing him do covers every week when he can make such incredible original music [3]

    17 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Battle3

    i uploaded a bunch of new pictures so make sure u guys vote!

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • lu_piccoli

    I really, really loved him...but didn't expect him to get very far because of how "different" he is. [2]

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Mandillo

    I really, really loved him...but didn't expect him to get very far because of how "different" he is.

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Battle3

    hes better off without idol, paul is an artist, after hearing the grand magnolias album it just seemed odd hearing him do covers every week when he can make such incredible original music

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • YourGetawayCar

    Booooo, he was my favorite.

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Hairbanger

    he destroyed Folsom Prison Blues. But I Guess Thats Why They Call It The Blues awesome with him singing

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
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