Catching up with Siobhan Magnus
Cape Cod singer has been busy since her successful run on American Idol
When Siobhan Magnus sang her way into millions of Americans’ homes and hearts during Season 9 of American Idol in 2010, the nation and the world sat up and paid attention. A 2008 graduate of Barnstable High School, Magnus wowed viewers—and the show’s judges—with her big voice, unique look, and decidedly humble personality. Singing powerful renditions of the Rolling Stones’ “Paint it Black,” Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” and various other tunes, the Cape Cod resident made it all the way to the final six contestants on the show before being eliminated, a vote that may have played a role in causing Idol’s ratings to plummet that season.
Like many contestants who are not ultimately crowned “the American Idol,” Magnus has continued on in the music industry, and is making a name for herself by performing solo shows and singing with groups like Hanson and Boston. The Yarmouthport resident released her first album in 2012 and is currently working on her second. She has also added another item to her growing resume: small business owner.
In a recent interview with Cape Cod LIFE, Magnus discussed some of the unique experiences she’s had since her time on American Idol came to an end five years ago. She also talked about how she came to love music in the first place, what she’s learned, and what she’s planning next.
At 25, Magnus is a little wiser and more seasoned since her stint on Idol. After she was eliminated from the show, Magnus made a number of media appearances including stops on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and The Wendy Williams Show. “All of the interviews were fun,” she recalls, “but I was so tired when I was doing them. I would do interviews in the mornings and afternoons—some in Los Angeles and then some in New York.”
Following the show’s conclusion that year—Lee DeWyze was named American Idol—Magnus and several other Idol finalists performed as a group in concerts across the country that summer. The schedule was busy to say the least. “Touring was ridiculous,” Magnus says. “Before that tour, I had only performed locally with a band in high school, musical theater, and drama club. My biggest live audience was 1,400 people. While touring with Idol, we were performing for 8,000 to 14,000 people a night, and doing four to five shows a week for months.” The tour began with two weeks of rehearsals in California, followed by a road trip of 44 show dates in July and August. The tour made stops in venues in more than 20 states. “We even did a show in Canada,” she says