Paul McDonald, former American Idol contestant and the other half of the indie-folk duo with actress Nikki Reed, has released a new single, “Bright Lights.” McDonald and Reed have put out two studio albums, but “Bright Lights” comes as a preview for McDonald’s debut solo album. The album is set to be released in early 2015, though the title has not yet been revealed.
“Bright Lights” already has praise from Billboard, and McDonald’s talent has been compared to big names like Ed Sheeran, Adam Levine, and Rod Stewart. McDonald’s voice is certainly distinct, yet reminiscent of Passenger’s Michael Rosenberg. The pitch can be a bit distracting at certain points in the song, particularly the peak of the chorus, but you can see that McDonald does have potential. The instrumentals in “Bright Lights” are light and beautiful; the underlying piano being the song’s main strength. Lyrically, the song is not overly unique, though the “I’ll be there for you” sentiment is always a welcome one.
Listen to “Bright Lights” below, and check back with Paul McDonald for more about his upcoming release.