Scott MacIntyre http://scottmacintyre.com Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:30:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.9 “Hope Is Rising” EP and Video http://scottmacintyre.com/2017/04/hope-is-rising-ep-and-video/ http://scottmacintyre.com/2017/04/hope-is-rising-ep-and-video/#respond Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:30:44 +0000 http://scottmacintyre.com/?p=648 On April 21st, Scott will release a new EP entitled Hope Is Rising.  The title track, produced by Scott and co-written with singer-songwriter David Gentiles, fittingly speaks of contagious hope in the face of hardship, stating: “This life is a precious gift.  In hope, we can rise again to meet tomorrow’s suffering with open hands.”

 

“I wanted to write a song not only for my own journey but for anyone out there who has ever felt like giving up,” says Scott.  “With this song I’m saying that there is light at the end of your tunnel, hope beyond your current circumstance, and when we come together and lift each other up, that hope can spread like a wildfire.”

 

Immediately following the release of the EP, Scott will release the official music video for “Hope Is Rising” on May 1st.  The video will feature thousands of individuals running and walking to raise awareness about organ donation around the country as well as never before seen footage of Scott’s recent kidney transplant journey.

 

“There are currently over 100,000 people waiting for kidney transplants alone,” Scott shares.  “The video tells the story of loved ones lost, new life given, and the incredible hope that organ donation gives to all those waiting, just like I was.”

 

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New Christmas Song http://scottmacintyre.com/2016/12/new-christmas-song/ http://scottmacintyre.com/2016/12/new-christmas-song/#respond Sat, 24 Dec 2016 05:31:18 +0000 http://scottmacintyre.com/?p=641 Listen to Scott’s cover of Chris Tomlin’s “Emmanuel”:

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Cruise with me to Alaska http://scottmacintyre.com/2016/11/cruise-with-me-to-alaska/ http://scottmacintyre.com/2016/11/cruise-with-me-to-alaska/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:33:54 +0000 http://scottmacintyre.com/?p=636 Dear friends,

There are few things more inspiring than the beauty of nature, and that beauty has never manifested itself so abundantly to me as in the great state of Alaska. Even with the extremely limited vision I have, I’ve been able to catch glimpses of forests, glaciers, and sunsets in my own way, and then there are the sounds of birds flying overhead, the scent of fresh mountain air, and the feeling of an open ocean breeze. Growing up, Alaska was always a place I wanted to visit, and once I did, I couldn’t wait to go back.

Well, I’m excited to share that I will be a guest artist on the In Touch Ministries 2017 Cruise through Alaska, and I would like to invite you to join me on this incredible journey through one of the world’s last remaining frontiers.

Many of you will be familiar with the work of Dr. Charles Stanley and Andy Stanley, but in case you are not, this cruise promises to be filled with rich times of reflection, devotion, and relaxation. Along with myself, other guest artists include Babbie Mason, The Collingsworth Family, Cana’s Voice, Greater Vision, and Uriel Vega who will be in concert for you throughout the week.

If you book your spot online or by phone and mention that I referred you, I’d like to send you my Lighthouse, Christmas in Paris, Heartstrings, and Somewhere Else CD’s along with my book By Faith, Not By Sight and a poster, all personally autographed for you as a token of my appreciation. I will also share my new music with you due out in Spring 2017 before it’s available to the public.

You can read all about the cruise here:

https://www.inspirationcruises.com/christian-cruises/in-touch-alaska-2017

I hope you can make it, and I look forward to cruising through the beautiful state of Alaska with you.

-Scott

 

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The Gift of Life http://scottmacintyre.com/2016/06/the-gift-of-life/ http://scottmacintyre.com/2016/06/the-gift-of-life/#respond Sat, 04 Jun 2016 14:38:44 +0000 http://scottmacintyre.com/?p=627 To be touched by a stranger, to be given a second chance, to receive the gift of life, these are the so-called miracles of organ donation. In my thirty years, my life has been saved through organ donation not once, but twice, and I continually marvel at the incredible generosity of my two living organ donors.

My first transplanted kidney was given by my college piano professor’s wife, and I quickly went from being too sick to even make music in my own living room to making music for millions of people around the world. It’s thanks to her selfless sacrifice that I was able to become an American Idol finalist, marry my wife Christina, write my first book, and tour the world sharing my music and story with others.

That kidney lasted for eight years, but unfortunately, transplanted kidneys don’t last forever.  In September of 2014, doctors told me that my need for a second transplant was eminent.

And so I was put back on the transplant waiting list, and the wait for a new kidney donor began.  The wait time on the “transplant list” (for a deceased donor kidney) is typically three to five years, but the doctors had said my kidney function would reach zero within six months.  Fortunately, a number of individuals offered to be tested as potential living donors, which would allow a transplant to possibly happen much sooner.

In April 2015, I received the phone call I had been waiting for.  A kidney donor was approved for me, and the surgery was scheduled for June.  The donor, however, was not a family member or friend and chose to remain anonymous.

After nine months of hoping and praying, I underwent my second successful kidney transplant on June 4th at Vanderbilt Medical Center, still unaware of who was donating their kidney to me.  All I knew was that someone I’d never met had given a part of themselves in order to save my life.  I had never done anything to deserve her favor, yet she had decided to freely give her organ.

Six weeks after the transplant, my wife Christina and I had the chance to meet my kidney donor face to face.  Christina immediately recognized her as, unbeknownst to us, I had had my blood drawn right next to her and passed her in the hallways of the hospital numerous times prior to the transplant.  We learned she had been scanning through local Christian radio stations one day and had tuned into a station on which I was being interviewed by Karen Kingsbury, a famed Christian author and radio host.  My donor had never seen me on American Idol and knew nothing about my music career, but after learning about my need for a kidney, she called Vanderbilt and began the testing process.

Many people I talk with assume that our meeting was likely accompanied by tear-stained eyes and an array of emotions, but in reality, the emotional moment for me was finding out over the phone that I had a donor approved for me. Being able to say thank you in person was the icing on the cake.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the transplant, and thanks to my donor’s incredible selfless act, I’m now fully recovered and have resumed my music career. The astounding fact is, however, that there are over 100,000 other individuals currently still waiting for a life-saving transplant, individuals just like me with skills and talents to contribute to society. That is why the cause of organ donation is so important to me – that is why I have partnered with organizations like Donate Life America and the National Kidney Foundation to raise awareness about organ donation. I understand that not every person may feel inclined to become a living donor and offer up a kidney to someone else in need, but I do encourage everyone to become a registered organ donor and give hope to the tens of thousands of individuals still waiting for a life-saving transplant.

The sacrifices of my two living donors are powerful examples to me of how a single selfless action can impact the world for good. Not only did my donors set an example and give hope to the tens of thousands still waiting, but by allowing me to live out my life they indirectly touched the lives of people all over the world. It is my sincere desire that the life I continue to lead thanks to them will somehow reflect their spirits of selflessness and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

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People.com – “Baby on the Way for Scott MacIntyre” http://scottmacintyre.com/2016/04/people-com-baby-on-the-way-for-scott-macintyre/ http://scottmacintyre.com/2016/04/people-com-baby-on-the-way-for-scott-macintyre/#respond Thu, 07 Apr 2016 17:34:12 +0000 http://scottmacintyre.com/?p=622 Less than a year ago, Scott MacIntyre was suffering from kidney failure and had no hopes of fathering a child.

But last June, a stranger offered to anonymously donate a kidney to MacIntyre and now the singer and his wife Christina are expecting a “mini Mac” due in October, the couple reveal to PEOPLE exclusively.

“It’s crazy,” says the season 8 American Idol contestant, 30, who was born blind and previously underwent a kidney transplant at the age of 22 after he was diagnosed with kidney failure in his late teens.

“It was not possible for us to have a baby while I was in kidney failure, so my donor not only gave me the gift of life but also allowed us to create a new life.”

The couple already have a name picked out though they do not know the sex of the baby.

“We have had thoughts about what each would be like — to have both a boy and a girl — but we are grateful to have whatever God blesses us with,” says MacIntyre.

“Now that I have my transplant and have my health back, I’m so looking forward to this new chapter with Christina and our baby.”

 

  • written by Patrick Gomez
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New Single “Remarkable” http://scottmacintyre.com/2015/07/new-single-remarkable/ http://scottmacintyre.com/2015/07/new-single-remarkable/#respond Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:28:19 +0000 http://scottmacintyre.com/?p=609 Scott MacIntyre released a new song, “Remarkable,” to radio today. The release of the single comes in the wake of his recent recovery from a second kidney transplant.

“I feel blessed beyond measure to be able to release new music and prepare to resume my tour schedule,” Scott says. “Just a few months ago, my future was uncertain. But thanks to an anonymous kidney donor, the team at Vanderbilt, and my wife Christina, I was able to receive a new kidney and make a full recovery.”

“Remarkable” is the second single off of Scott’s latest album Lighthouse. Produced by Dove Award winner Kyle Lee, the song is a powerful reminder that even when we feel worthless, we are priceless in the eyes of God.

Lighthouse is available online and in stores and features 11 songs with unforgettable melodies and lyrics that testify to the faith, hope, and grace Scott has found in the midst of adversity.  The project also features guest artists and fellow American Idol alumns Danny Gokey and Skylar Laine.

You can download the album from iTunes or buy the physical album from Amazon or Family Christian.

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My Second Kidney Transplant http://scottmacintyre.com/2015/06/my-second-kidney-transplant/ http://scottmacintyre.com/2015/06/my-second-kidney-transplant/#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:36:13 +0000 http://scottmacintyre.com/?p=594 I’m excited to share that on June 4th I had a successful kidney transplant at Vanderbilt Hospital. Having waited for this opportunity for the last eight months, not knowing what my future held, it feels very surreal to be on the other side of the surgery, with a new kidney and a new lease on life. I’m so grateful to have received the gift of life through organ donation for the second time, and I’m truly thankful to my kidney donor, my amazing fans, friends, and family, and the incredible team at Vanderbilt for showing so much love toward me and my wife. Christina has been by my side every step of the way, and we’ve grown so much closer through this process.

The craziest part of the whole experience is that I still don’t know who gave me their kidney and saved my life. I am truly humbled that a stranger would give of themselves to me in this way, and all I can say is that I am thankful from the bottom of my heart.

With each passing day, my body is recovering and growing stronger, and I’m so excited to get back to doing what I love most – making music.

This experience has deepened my faith and I’m so grateful that God has answered yes to so many of my prayers concerning this transplant. Not only has he brought me through this illness and restored my health, but he has walked with me through the midst of it all. Sometimes, it’s easy to focus on where we’re going and lose sight of who we’re becoming along the way, but I can honestly say that I have enjoyed the journey here just as much as the successful outcome of finally entering into this new chapter of life.

While the experience is fresh in my mind now, I feel like it will all be just a clouded memory someday. But though the details may fade over time, I know I will never forget what it feels like to be given another second chance at life.

 

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BREATHEcasst – “American Idol Alum Scott MacIntyre Gets Successful Kidney Transplant From Anonymous Donor” http://scottmacintyre.com/2015/06/breathecasst-american-idol-alum-scott-macintyre-gets-successful-kidney-transplant-from-anonymous-donor/ http://scottmacintyre.com/2015/06/breathecasst-american-idol-alum-scott-macintyre-gets-successful-kidney-transplant-from-anonymous-donor/#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:45:37 +0000 http://scottmacintyre.com/?p=606 Scott MacIntyre and his wife Christina announced today that the talented pianist and singer has undergone his second successful kidney transplant. The surgery took place on June 4th at Vanderbilt hospital in Nashville, Tenn.

The kidney was given by an anonymous living donor, one of several individuals who underwent compatibility testing. This particular person heard about MacIntyre’s kidney failure on the radio and turned out to be a great match. Upon being released from the hospital, MacIntyre will require a six-week recovery period before returning to his music career.

Scott’s surgeon comments, “We are delighted that Scott is doing so well with his new kidney and can get back to what he loves doing, singing. I know that Scott, his wife, family, fans, and the entire Vanderbilt transplant team are grateful to his wonderful donor who gave him the gift of life.”

In September 2014, just three days before his latest album Lighthouse was released, MacIntyre was put back on the waiting list for a deceased donor kidney. The wait-time for a deceased donor kidney is typically three to five years, a wait that would have severely hindered his music career, but because a compatible living donor was found, MacIntyre’s surgery was able to take place much sooner.

“I’m so grateful to have received the gift of life through organ donation for the second time,” MacIntyre says. “I am truly humbled that a stranger would give of themselves to me in this way, and I want to thank every person who offered to be tested as a potential donor for me. My wife and I have truly been blessed beyond measure by all the loving kindness shown by fans, friends, family, and the incredible team at Vanderbilt, and we are excited to begin a new chapter of life. This experience has deepened my faith and I’m so grateful that God has answered yes to so many of my prayers concerning this transplant.”

MacIntyre’s first kidney transplant was in 2007 at the age of 22, one year before he auditioned for American Idol, an experience he writes about in his autobiographical book By Faith, Not By Sight.

The dedicated recording artist and songwriter has remained active promoting the awareness of organ donation through concerts and speeches for many organizations, including Donate Life America and the National Kidney Foundation. MacIntyre’s song, “I Am Hope,” has become a well-known anthem for the organ donation community and is included on his Lighthouse album.

MacIntyre launched a witty and thought-provoking iTunes podcast June 1st, with music producer Mark Dowdy. The show, 2 Blind Men, features the duo interviewing inspirational guests from all walks of life who are making a positive difference in the world. The podcast aired 3 episodes this month and will release a new episode the first Monday of each successive month, beginning July 6th.

MacIntyre will resume his tour schedule later this summer.

– by Justin Sarachik

 

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People Magazine – “American Idol Alum Scott MacIntyre Saved by Second Kidney Transplant” http://scottmacintyre.com/2015/06/people-com-american-idol-alum-scott-macintyre-saved-by-second-kidney-transplant/ http://scottmacintyre.com/2015/06/people-com-american-idol-alum-scott-macintyre-saved-by-second-kidney-transplant/#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:00:54 +0000 http://scottmacintyre.com/?p=599

Last October, American Idol‘s Scott MacIntyre was given just six months until his kidneys would fail. But eight months later, thanks to an anonymous donor, he has undergone a successful transplant.

“I am so grateful to have received the gift of life through organ donation for the second time,” reads a statement from MacIntyre, 29, who was born blind and previously underwent a kidney transplant at the age of 22 after he was diagnosed with kidney failure in his late teens.

The season 8 Idol contestant‘s first transplanted kidney was donated by MacIntyre’s college piano teacher’s wife, but he remains in the dark about the identity of his new donor.

The kidney was given by an anonymous living donor on June 4 at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, one of several individuals who underwent compatibility testing. This particular person heard about MacIntyre’s kidney failure on the radio and turned out to be a great match.

“I am truly humbled that a stranger would give of themselves to me in this way,” says MacIntyre. “I want to thank every person who offered to be tested as a potential donor for me.”

Upon being released from the hospital, MacIntyre will require a six-week recovery period. But the singer is looking forward to returning to promoting his latest album, Lighthouse, releasing new episodes of his iTunes podcast 2 Blind Men, and says he is “excited to begin a new chapter of life” with his wife Christina.

“My wife and I have truly been blessed beyond measure by all the loving kindness shown by fans, friends, family, and the incredible team at Vanderbilt,” says MacIntyre, who also hopes to resume his tour schedule later this summer. “This experience has deepened my faith and I’m so grateful that God has answered yes to so many of my prayers concerning my transplant.”

– by Patrick Gomez

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2 Blind Men Podcast http://scottmacintyre.com/2015/06/2-blind-men-podcast/ http://scottmacintyre.com/2015/06/2-blind-men-podcast/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2015 18:38:05 +0000 http://scottmacintyre.com/?p=586 On June 1st, Scott MacIntyre launched an original podcast with friend and music industry colleague Mark Dowdy called “2 Blind Men.”  The podcast initially launched with 3 episodes, and a new episode will be released the first Monday of each month to follow.

Not only do Scott and Mark share a love of music, but they were both born blind.

“When I met Mark, we connected immediately,” remarks Scott.  “I noticed pretty quickly that Mark had a great voice for radio.  I had always wanted to do a radio-type project, and it became apparent that Mark was the right guy to collaborate with on a show like this.”

Each month, “2 Blind Men” will feature an inspirational guest.  The lineup of guests includes people from all industries and walks of life who are having an impact on the world for good.

Join “2 Blind Men” on Facebook, and follow @2BlindMen on Twitter for the latest news on the podcast.

 

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