Paul McDonald net worth: Paul McDonald is an American singer songwriter that has a net worth of $600,000. McDonald finished in 8th spot on the 10th season of American Idol in 2011. He could be the lead singer of the group The Grand Magnolias, previously named Hightide Blues. McDonald left Auburn University only six hours short of graduation to concentrate on his music career in Nashville, Tennessee. He formed the group Hightide Blues having a fellow Auburn pupil in 2005. The group released a limited edition EP in 2007 as well as a self produced record in 2008. The group toured and played festivals with groups including the Zac Brown Band and Sarah Bareilles. He’s also released solo material such as the single “Bright Lights” in 2014. The couple divorced in January 2015.