If you’re a fan of “American Idol,” you probably remember season eight’s Scott MacIntyre. While some of the finalists in this well-known reality show may not be all that memorable, it’s kind of hard to forget the one who not only had incredible talent, but who also made history as the show’s first blind contestant. If you were wowed by Scott’s story back then, wait until you read his entire inspiring testimony, BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT.
"Jennifer Schuchmann, the author who helped bring Scott’s story to life, does a great job organizing the information in an easy-to-read way. It is also extremely absorbing. I would intend to read 'just a chapter' and found myself having to keep going because I wanted to know more."
It didn’t take long for Scott’s parents to realize that their son’s fascination with the piano was more than just a toddler’s random key-plunking. By age two, he was trying to recreate songs he heard on his Fisher-Price cassette recorder. By three, he was playing chords. At age six, he played in the church praise band. And by seven, he was hired to play the music at a wedding. “Child Prodigy” was a term others quickly assigned to this musically gifted boy.
Scott was homeschooled and excelled in every subject. So, at only 14, after testing in the 99th percentile on his SATs, he enrolled at the University of Arizona, where he studied academics and music for the next four years. After that, he applied and was accepted to London’s Goodenough College for postgraduate studies. Things certainly seemed as if they couldn’t get much better.
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