When Scott MacIntyre was a contestant on American Idol, in season eight, I watched it every week with my friend Christina. She told me the story of how her childhood friend Scott had made it into the top 36 and she encouraged me (and all my friends) to vote for him every week. Little did I know one day she would marry her childhood friend and that he would attend my wedding. After hearing Christina, then Teich, talk about him all the time, I finally had the privilege of meeting him at her college graduation. I found Scott to be a pleasant and kind person and actually quite funny as well. After they got engaged, I had the opportunity to go to dinner with them in Los Angeles while they attended an episode of American Idol last season. Scott and Christina attended my wedding and even invited me to theirs.
Scott took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some of my questions. Between touring and preparing for the release of his autobiography, By Faith, Not By Sight, I was surprised he was able to get back to me at all. So, thank you Scott and Christina for granting me this interview. So, without further adieu, here is the interview transcript.
Kevin Collier: I saw you tweeting about The Voice the other day. What are your thoughts on the show’s format? If you were a contestant on the show and had all four coaches turn around, who would you choose and why? Do you think you would have an automatic advantage in the blind audition portion of the show?
Scott MacIntyre: I’ve really enjoyed the unique approach The Voice takes to the reality singing competition genre of tv shows. If I were a contestant on that show, I’d probably pick Adam or Blake as a coach. They both clearly understand how to nurture natural talent to grow on its own and they appreciate a unique artist. I enjoy the “blind audition” part of the show because the judges are experiencing the same performances as I am as a viewer.
KC: I know your mother sings, too. Do you think we’ll see her as a contestant on The Voice?
SM: Well she has a great voice, but you’d have to ask her.
KC: Have you been watching American Idol this season? Do you have a favorite contestant?
SM: Yes, I have been following Idol this season and really enjoying the talent. It’s hard to single out any one contestant at this point, but there are definitely several who are, in the words of Randy Jackson, “in it to win it!”
KC: What are your thoughts on the controversy over Colton Dixon’s overtly Christian comments on the show? Did you feel any pressure to downplay your faith when you were on the show?
SM: I never felt uncomfortable about sharing my Christian faith on Idol, but my experience was that I didn’t have to say much before people realized there was something different about me.
KC: We saw your younger brother Todd audition for American Idol this year, do you think your sister Katelyn will audition at some point?
SM: We’ll see. Actually, my brother, sister, and I all auditioned for season 8 of American Idol together. We were hoping that one of us would get through, and when it turned out to be me, Todd and Katelyn got behind me 100 percent.
KC: That’s awesome! Prior to American Idol, you sang with your brother, sister and mother in the appropriately named MacIntyre Family Singers. What is it like collaborating with your siblings and mother?
SM: It was fun sharing a common bond through music. I think we grew closer because of it, and we had some amazing performance opportunities along the way, including our Kennedy Center debut.
KC: You know, I’ve actually heard your wife Christina sing; have you ever thought of recording a duet with her?
SM: Well, all our duets are private. But, I’ve written a lot of songs for her, some of which are on my new CD Heartstrings.
KC: I have started reading your book, By Faith, Not By Sight. What was the biggest obstacle for you in the book writing and/or publishing process?
SM: The hardest part of writing this book was choosing a title. When I sat down and thought through everything I’ve experienced in my life so far, I realized the common theme running throughout all of it was living, overcoming, and dreaming by faith, not by sight. So often we get swept away in the confusion of life’s challenges. But God is faithful to guide us through the darkest places, if we will only trust Him.
KC: Is there anything you wrote that didn’t end up in the book? Any stories that didn’t make the cut?
SM: For sure there are stories I left out of the book, but I think most everything I wanted to include was included. Writing a book, you’re always going to have to let go of certain anecdotes that, while you may love them, may not speak to the theme of the book. There are some stories that I do touch on in the book but which could also be expanded upon in later books, like the story of how I met the love of my life.
KC: What do you want to accomplish with this book? What do you want readers to take from it?
SM: Through this book, I want to show my readers that they can overcome any obstacle and reach their biggest dreams.
KC: You have toured all over the world. What was your favorite place you visited on tour?
SM: So far, my favorite place to tour has been Japan. The fans there are so excited and devoted, and I can’t wait to go back.
KC: What was your favorite memory from your time on American Idol?
SM: My all-time favorite American Idol moment was when Ryan Seacrest tried to give me a high-five after my audition. The very next day, there were pictures of it in almost every magazine. It was the high-five heard around the world.
KC: Yes, that was a very memorable moment. What was it like to tour with the rest of the Idol contestants?
SM: Touring with the Top 10 was an incredible experience. We performed in 52 arenas across North America and finally got to meet tens of thousands of fans who had supported us on the tv show. I personally enjoyed living on a bus and being around others who enjoyed music as much as I did. Being blind, the tour was also a great experience for me. On the tv show, I obviously couldn’t hear the millions of people cheering me on from their living rooms across America, so being able to have ten thousand people under one roof with me every night on tour was a completely different experience.
KC: Tell me about the Women of Faith One Day tour you are currently involved with.
SM: It’s the very first Women of Faith One Day Tour, and it’s incredible. I get to share the stage with speaker Sheila Walsh and comedian Ken Davis. I am also talking about my life and the experiences I write about in my new book By Faith, Not By Sight. You can find all my tour dates at http://scottmacintyre.com.
KC: Congratulations on your new marriage. What was it like having your wedding announcement in People magazine?
SM: It was an honor to have our engagement and wedding featured. People still come up in the security line at airports and say “Congratulations!”
KC: Do you find that you deal with the spotlight, attention and paparazzi any differently now that you’re married?
SM: I don’t think too much has changed in that regard. I’m careful to have that part of our life that’s reserved just for us, but at the same time, I know fans appreciate a glimpse into our day-to-day life now and then.
KC: Do you have any words of wisdom for all the struggling artists out there? Is there anything you wish you knew years ago that you’ve learned about the music business?
SM: It’s all about polite persistence. You have to be proactive to get ahead of the game, and diligent to keep in touch with the people you meet.
Scott MacIntyre’s inspirational autobiography By Faith, Not By Sight is available on Amazon.
For more information on Scott, his current tour, album and book, go to www.scottmacintyre.com. You can like him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/scottmacofficial and follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/scottdmacintyre. Also, check out American Idol’s announcement of the book release here.