INTERVIEW: Paul McDonald Plans Wedding, Next Music Move While on ‘Idol’ Tour

Ralphie Aversa  —  08/25/2011 — Leave a comment

He has a band, The Grand Magnolias, waiting for him so the group can start playing shows. He has a fiance, “Twilight” actress Nikki Reed, waiting for him so they can get married. But while Paul McDonald may be thinking about his band and planning for his wedding, he’s still on tour with “American Idol Live” through next month.

“I’m trying to be a good man, I’m trying,” said McDonald of planning his pending nuptials. “The ‘Idol’ tour has our hands behind our back, bending us over to the side.”

The Nashville singer revealed tour rules prohibit Reed from even riding on the bus with him. Still, McDonald is giving it his all to make it work and finalize the details for their wedding.

“I’m trying my hardest to keep her happy on the other side of the country,” he said. “Like, ‘Yeah I’m working on this and that, promise I’m thinking about you and not just doing the ‘Idol’ shows!’”

It was a rather quick path to the engagement for McDonald and Reed – they reportedly only dated three months before he popped the question. But then again, McDonald took a rather quick path to national fame after years of touring with The Grand Magnolias. While his “Idol” audition is now yielding dividends, the band wasn’t always so sure it would.

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“The band was like, ‘Dude we’re about to get picked up by a major label and you’re going to sing karaoke on a TV show bro!’” the lead singer recalled. “But it’s been good. I took it for fun man, it’s a TV show.”

But McDonald wasn’t born yesterday – he took it for a profit as well. Just look at the sold out items in The Grand Magnolias online store and you’ll see he’s kept his fans waiting too, waiting for more material.

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