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article imageReview: American Idol's Paul McDonald wows fans at The Paramount in NY Special

By Markos Papadatos     Sep 3, 2013 in Entertainment
Huntington - On September 1, Paul McDonald, the eighth place finalist of the tenth season of American Idol, performed at The Paramount in Huntington, New York.
He opened for pop group Hanson as part of their “Anthem World Tour.”
McDonald was backed by the gifted musician Jonathan Pears on acoustic guitar, who is also a member of The Grand Magnolias with him.
He opened his set with “4:15” and it was followed by a new tune entitled “Fallin’ in Love,” as well as “Dreamin’ Alone.”
They continued with yet another new song, “Few and Far Between,” as well as “Sing Out,” the latter of which was my personal favorite vocal of the evening. “Sing Out” was crispy, rich and an overall stellar performance with an optimistic message to it.
“How are you feeling out there?” McDonald asked him New York fans.
He paid homage to the English rock group Oasis by singing their hit single “Wonderwall,” which was superb and captivating.
McDonald continued with such noteworthy songs as “Bouquet of Lies” and “Let it Roll” and he closed with “Heartbreak.”
The Verdict
In summation, Paul McDonald put on a fabulous opening set at The Paramount, while opening for Hanson. McDonald’s vocals are reminiscent to those of such esteemed artists as Ray LaMontagne and Rod Stewart.
McDonald and Pears proved to be charismatic musicians and they both played with a lot of heart, thus showcasing their passion for their craft. They deserved an A for their performance. Fans that enjoyed McDonald on Idol, ought to see him perform live with his band, The Grand Magnolias, and they will be in for a real treat.
For more information on singer and songwriter Paul McDonald visit his official website, as well as his band The Grand Magnolias’ homepage.
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