Scott Douglas MacIntyre (born June 22, 1985 in Scottsdale, Arizona) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist, as well as the eighth place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. MacIntyre is visually impaired, and while not completely blind, he suffers from tunnel vision and has only a two-percent field of vision, both due to Leber's congenital amaurosis.
Early Life[edit | edit source]
MacIntyre was born to Douglas R. and Carole C. (Williams) MacIntyre and has a younger brother, Todd (born 1988) and a younger sister, Katelyn (born 1991). MacIntyre started playing the piano by ear when he was three years old. He was taught by a neighborhood piano teacher near their home in Redondo Beach, California. At six years of age, he began training in classical music. When Scott turned 10, the family moved to Toronto, Canada. They lived there for four years, and in that time Scott studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music. The MacIntyre family then relocated to Arizona and Scott studied under Walter Cosand, a university professor of Arizona State University. He was home-schooled until the age of 14, when he was admitted into Arizona State University's Barrett Honors College and Herberger College of the Arts. Scott won the 2004 Arizona Young Artists Competition at Herberger Theater in the vocal division. In 2005, USA Today named him one of its twenty College Academic All-Stars. In 2005, MacIntyre performed as a guest soloist with the Phoenix Symphony. The same year, MacIntyre was diagnosed with kidney disease and in November of 2006, he had to spend ten months undergoing dialysis, severely hampering his capacity to perform and travel. In 2007 on August 22, Walter Cosand's wife Patricia donated her kidney to MacIntyre, which saved his life. He graduated from ASU in 2005, and he was received in the White House by Laura Bush as one of the RFB&D (Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) scholarship winners in 2006. He obtained his masters degree at Royal Holloway, University of London and the Royal College of Music, where he studied on a Marshall Scholarship, one of the most competitive scholarships in the United States, awarded to only 40 American students each year.
American Idol[edit | edit source]
MacIntyre auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the first visually-impaired finalist on the show. MacIntyre was eliminated on April 8, 2009.
Performances and results[edit | edit source]
|Week #||Song choice||Result|
|Audition||"And So It Goes"||Advanced|
|Top 36/Semi-Final 3||"Mandolin Rain"||Advanced|
|Top 13||"Keep the Faith"||Safe|
|Top 11||"Wild Angels"||Safe|
|Top 10||"You Can't Hurry Love"||Bottom 3|
|Top 9||"Just the Way You Are"||Safe|
|Top 8||"The Search Is Over"||Eliminated|
Post Idol[edit | edit source]
After his time on the show, McIntyre appeared on several talk shows and was a part of the American Idols Live tour. He released his first post-Idol album, Heartstrings, on March 11, 2010 and was re-released in 2012 with two bonus tracks. He also wrote a book, By Faith, Not by Sight, which came out in April 2012. He even launched a fundraising campaign via Kickstarter.com to raise money so that he could make his next album, which will be coming out in 2014. He also released a Christmas album, Christmas in Paris, in November 2013.
Personal Life [edit | edit source]
After his time on Idol, McIntyre began dating childhood friend Christina Teich in late 2009. The couple were married on August 18, 2011.
Health issues[edit | edit source]
In September 2014, McIntyre announced that he is in need of a kidney transplant. He has dealt with kidney failure since he was 19 and was on emergency dialysis in 2006 until the wife of his former piano instructor was proven to be a match, resulting in her donating a kidney. This transplant will be his second.
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