‘American Idol’ alum McIntosh is on upward career trajectory

A native of Nashville, Tristan McIntosh earned a sixth-place spot on “American Idol” in 2016.

McIntosh, who will be part of the main show at the Tennessee River Jam this weekend, began singing when she was 8 years old, and performed in the Children’s Christian Choir. She won a radio station’s Clarksville’s Got Talent competition when she was 13.

She auditioned for “Idol” by singing Mickey Guyton’s “Why Baby Why,” when she was only a sophomore in high school.

McIntosh described her time with “American Idol” as being not only special, but as having a family atmosphere.

“All of us talked, sang, visited and came to appreciate each other’s talents so much,” she said. “You start out in the top fifty and eliminations continue until there’s a winner; I feel very fortunate to have ended up in the top six.”

McIntosh is 19 years old now and has performed at the Ryman Auditorium and the world-famous Bluebird Cafe.

She performed alongside Kellie Pickler at the Rivers and Spires Festival in Clarksville in 2016. McIntosh also made her Grand Old Opry debut that year at Darius Rucker’s invitation.

She takes pride in always seeking self-improvement and never giving up on her goals.

“You can be an artist and not be a performer, but I am a performer,” McIntosh said. 

“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.”

McIntosh’s influences include country musicians Rucker, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts, as well as pop icons such as Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.

McIntosh will be performing in the Tennessee River Jam main concert, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday at Paris Landing State Park.

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