New Member: Tristan McIntosh
By Alison Webber • November 18, 2016
Tristan McIntosh quickly made a name for herself on the public stage when her American Idol audition performance of Mickey Guyton’s “Why Baby Why” brought the judges to tears and earned her a “golden ticket” to Hollywood to compete in the final season of the long-running television series. She went on to become a fan favorite and finished in the top six, earning praise from country music star and Idol judge Keith Urban for having a “beautiful voice” and a “God-given gift.”
The 16-year-old’s love of singing began at the age of eight, and she describes her music as fun and youthful, while at the same time conveying a deeper meaning. Her song “You Can’t Take That Away From Me” highlights the importance of being yourself, no matter who you are. “My music will always reflect who I am,” she says.
McIntosh’s voice is incredibly developed for her young age, but that doesn’t stop her from seeking constant self-improvement as well as constructive criticism from the Nashville music industry professionals who serve as her mentors. “You can be an artist and not be a performer, but I am a performer. I am always honing my songwriting skills, as well as my guitar and piano playing, but I am also developing the total package, including my image and stage presence. This isn’t just a dream of mine, this is a goal that I am determined to achieve, and I won’t give up.”
McIntosh cites fellow ASCAP member Darius Rucker as an important influence on her career, stating “He has opened doors in country music that would have never been opened before for singers like me.” In addition to Rucker, McIntosh’s influences include country artists Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton and Rascal Flatts, as well as pop stars like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Tori Kelly and Ed Sheeran. She is currently performing in and around Nashville and refining her skills on the piano, guitar, mandolin and trumpet, all while working hard to maintain her honor roll status in high school.