- Blind American Idol Finalist
- Author, Marshall, & Fullbright Scholar
- Transplant Recipient
Scott MacIntyre is an acclaimed speaker, singer-songwriter, scholar, and author. Since his introduction into the public eye as the first blind finalist on American Idol, he has inspired audiences throughout North America and beyond with his dynamic speeches on overcoming adversity, motivation, and the importance of education.
Born blind, Scott knows what it means to persevere despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. He has learn to hold on to hope, even when circumstances threaten to take everything away. At 19 years old, he was diagnosed with stage-four kidney failure. After a year on dialysis, his college piano teacher's wife donated her kidney to Scott and saved his life. Less than a year later, he ended up on one of the biggest stages in the world - American Idol.
A multi-talented musician, Scott's heartfelt songs and powerful voice take his audiences on an emotional journey of hardship and hope, entreating listeners that no matter what life brings their way, life is always worth living to the fullest.
In his new book By Faith, Not By Sight, Scott writes about how he learned to create opportunity, take risks, and overcome any challenge to realize his goals and dreams. His road to success was anything but easy, and he is living proof that with commitment, diligence, and humility, anything is possible.
With a uniquely distinguished academic track record, Scott understands the critical role teachers play in shaping their students' futures. He was admitted into Arizona State University's Barrett Honors College and Herberger College of Fine Arts at 14 years old. In 2005, he received Marshall and UK Fulbright scholarships and was ranked by USA Today as one of the top twenty undergraduate seniors in the nation. He then graduated ASU Summa Cum Laude at nineteen, going on to receive a masters degree overseas in England at Royal Holloway, University of London and the Royal College of Music. He was accepted to both Oxford and Cambridge Universities for further graduate study in the UK before redirecting his energies to his music and speaking career.
Scott has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Regis and Kelly, the Today Show, Canada AM, Larry King Live, Huckabee, and many other programs. In 2010, Scott was honored by Dr. Robert and Arvella Schuller with the annual award for "promoting positive values in the media." In 2012, he partnered with Donate Life America and FOX to launch a national PSA for organ, eye, and tissue donation. He wrote a song for the PSA entitled "I Am Hope," and it quickly became a theme song for the transplant community. The song was released on Scott's 2014 album Lighthouse.
Scott is married to his wife Christina who travels with him full-time in support of his career.