Scott MacIntyre

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Scott Douglas MacIntyre (born June 22, 1985) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist, and 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

MacIntyre was born in Redondo Beach, California 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 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


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 and came in eighth place. MacIntyre was scheduled to perform during the Season 8 Finale with special guest Billy Joel, but the performance was scrapped after Joel unexpectedly cancelled. He performed on the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2009 featuring the Top 10 finalists.

Performances and results

Week # Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition N/A "And So It Goes" Billy Joel N/A Advanced
Hollywood First Solo [not aired] - N/A Advanced
Hollywood Group Performance [not aired] - N/A Advanced
Hollywood Second Solo "Home" Daughtry N/A Advanced
Top 36/Semi-Final 3 Billboard Hot 100 Hits to Date "Mandolin Rain" Bruce Hornsby and the Range 9 Advanced
Top 13 Michael Jackson "Keep the Faith" Michael Jackson 2 Safe
Top 11 Grand Ole Opry "Wild Angels" Martina McBride 6 Safe
Top 10 Motown "You Can't Hurry Love" The Supremes 3 Bottom 3
Top 9 Top Downloads "Just the Way You Are" Billy Joel 5 Safe
Top 8 Year They Were Born "The Search Is Over" Survivor 5 Eliminated


MacIntyre has released some albums before becoming a finalist of American Idol. He produced his first CD when he was eleven, and he has recorded five more CDs since then. The first three CDs were classical. The fourth was a Christian pop-rock CD titled "My Guarantee". The fifth CD was recorded with his family. In 2000, at the age of 15, he made his orchestral debut as he performed with the Phoenix Symphony as a guest piano soloist. In 2002 he competed in, and won, the Butterfield Young Artist Competition at ASU. He won the VSA Arts 2008 Young Soloists Award. Scott MacIntyre also played guitar, drums, percussion, and bass on all of his brother Todd's songs. He released a post-Idol Christmas EP to iTunes in 2009.

His post-Idol album, "Heartstrings" was released on March 11, 2010 to MacIntyre's web site and to digital retailers. Scott performed on American Idol as well on March 11 to promote his Post-Idol album. The album sold 1,000 copies a week after its release.


Classical Albums

  • 1997 " Seeing Through Sound at Eleven
  • 1999 " Brothers for all Seasons
  • 2000 " Grand Classics

Pop Albums

  • 2003 " My Guarantee
  • 2006 " Somewhere Else
  • 2010 " Heartstrings


  • 2005 " MacIntyre Family Singers (with the MacIntyre family)
  • 2008 " Ripped (with brother Todd in the band "The Glutes")


  • 2009 " View From Above
  • 2009 " Christmas Angel

Awards and nominations

Year Presenter Award Result
2009 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Tour (shared with American Idol Top 10)

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