Paul McDonald is an American singer-songwriter born in Auburn/Opelika and raised inHuntsville,Alabama. In the spring of 2005, he and a few fellowAuburnstudents formed the band...Expand
Paul McDonald is an American singer-songwriter born in Auburn/Opelika and raised inHuntsville,Alabama.
In the spring of 2005, he and a few fellowAuburnstudents formed the band Hightide Blues. They began touring small clubs around the state ofAlabamaand throughout the southeast. After a limited edition self-titled EP Hightide Blues in 2007, the band released in 2008 a self-produced album, Love Come Easy, recorded inNashville,Tenn.
Hightide Blues had many success, winning multiple awards including over 15 Top 10 placements, as well as reaching number 2 on Best of Pop for 2011 on Ourstage.com. From 2007 to 2010, the band continued touring around the country, performing with musicians such as the Zac Brown Band, Sarah Bareilles, and the Black Crowes, and playing such festivals as Bonnaroo, Hangout Festival, and Lynyrd Skynyrd Simple Man Cruise, to name a few.
In August 2010, after a band name change, the group's first album, entitled The Grand Magnolias, was released in 2011. The album reached number 12 on the Billboard charts due to Paul's top ten finish on American Idol.
Recently Paul has appeared on NBC’s “Parenthood” performing original songs and has recorded an EP of americana/folk duets with his wife Nikki Reed titled "The Best Part" that also landed them on Billboard charts. Their song “All I’ve Ever Needed” appeared as the end title song in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” and is on the chart topping soundtrack album.
Paul is currently writing for his debut solo album and finishing up a full length LP to be released later this year with his wife Nikki Reed.