Paul McDonald of The Grand Magnolias on American Idol

You may have recognized some Nashville faces on the most recent episode of American Idol.  Lead singer of The Grand Magnolias, Paul McDonald impressed the judges enough to send him to Hollywood.  We were first introduced to the band as Hightide Blues in 2010 when they won our Music City Mayhem tournament, competing against 32 local bands.  You heard Lightning100 playing their song “Dreaming Alone” last summer.  In May we hungout with Hightide Blues at the 2010 Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. (Check out Lightning100’s video of the boys playing their song “Let It Roll” on the beach after their great show at the Hangout Fest below.) Since moving from Auburn, Alabama in 2009 and relocating to East Nashville, the band has seen meteoric success.  In the fall of 2010 Hightide Blues played Lightning 100’s Live On The Green concert series alongside Five For Fighting and Tonic.  (Below is our video of Hightide Blues in the Lightning 100 studio and on the Live On The Green stage.)  After Live On The Green, Hightide Blues officially changed their name to Grand Magnolias.  Under the new name, the boys played one of our Miller Made Music Showcases.(Lightning100’s video of that performance is also below.)  Another video we have of The Grand Magnolias is of them performing a  new song called “American Dreams” in the MikTek studio down the hall from the Lightning100 offices.  We are  excited at Lighting100 to have an artist from a band we have been behind for some time to receive national acclaim on American Idol.  When Paul does win, it will be nice to say…”Told you so..”


8 Responses to “Paul McDonald of The Grand Magnolias on American Idol”

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