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Scott MacIntyre


Since captivating the nation as a finalist on American Idol, acclaimed singer-songwriter Scott MacIntyre has toured in arenas across North America, and headlined concerts in Japan, Austria, England, Canada, and the U.S. His latest CD Heartstrings debuted at No. 18 on the iTunes Pop Album Chart, and his original song “Christmas Angel” received national radio play and became one of the top holiday indie singles of 2010. He has performed with such artists as Alice Cooper, Jason Mraz, and Queen. As an inspirational key-note speaker, MacIntyre has shared his life story with many different audiences, including corporations, health care and education institutions, non-profits, and churches. He is currently writing his autobiography.

As the first blind finalist on American Idol, MacIntyre was called “an inspiration to the entire world through your commitment, through your talent” by then judge Paula Abdul. Visually impaired since birth, he started playing piano by ear at age three, began classical lessons at six, and subsequently learned to play organ, guitar, bass and drums. When the family moved to Toronto for several years, he studied music at the Royal Conservatory of Music before relocating to Arizona, where, at 14, the home-schooled MacIntyre was admitted into Arizona State University’s (ASU) Barrett Honors College and Herberger College of Fine Arts. In 2005, he received the coveted Marshall and Fulbright scholarships and was ranked by USA Today as one of the top 20 undergraduate seniors in the nation. He then graduated summa cum laude from ASU at 19, going on to receive a master’s degree at Royal Holloway, University of London and the Royal College of Music. MacIntyre was invited to the White House by First Lady Laura Bush as one of three national RFB&D scholarship winners. He was accepted to both Oxford and Cambridge Universities for graduate studies.

MacIntyre has appeared on Regis and Kelly, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Today Show, Canada AM, Larry King Live, Hour of Power, Access Hollywood, and has been profiled on major networks and local news affiliates around the world. In 2010, MacIntyre was honored by Dr. Robert and Arvella Schuller with the annual award for “promoting positive values in the media” at the Crystal Cathedral in California.

MacIntyre’s spirit of optimism and stories take his audience on an emotional journey from someone who understands the challenge of overcoming adversity. He continues to be an inspiration to those who hear his music and story. Visit him online at and follow him on Twitter (@ScottDMacIntyre).
Scott MacIntyre