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Siobhan Magnus at her homecoming concert in Mansfield, Massachusetts during American Idol LIVE Tour 2010
Background information
Birth nameSiobhan Evelyn Magnus
Born (1990-03-15) March 15, 1990 (age 29)
Origin Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Genres Pop, rock, blues, soul
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active2010–present
LabelsSnotface Records

Siobhan Evelyn Magnus (born March 15, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter who was the sixth place finalist on the ninth season of American Idol .

United States Federal republic in North America

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Singer-songwriter musician who writes, composes and sings

Singer-songwriters are musicians who write, compose, and perform their own musical material, including lyrics and melodies.

<i>American Idol</i> (season 9) season of television series

The ninth season of American Idol premiered on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 and concluded on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 on Fox. Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi returned to the judging panel. Ellen DeGeneres joined the panel as a replacement for Paula Abdul after guest judges filled in during the auditions. Idol Gives Back also returned for the season and was held on April 21, 2010, during the top seven results show. The top 24 semi-finals format used in the fourth through seventh seasons also returned this season. Cowell, DioGuardi and DeGeneres all left the show after this season ended, although only Cowell's departure was announced in advance. This was the second season where neither of the final 2 contestants had been in the bottom 2 or 3 prior to the finale, with the first being the seventh season. This was also the third consecutive season a male contestant had won, the longest streak for either gender. It was the first season since sixth season where a female made it to the finale and was also the first time since the seventh season that both the finalists released a different song as a debut single.



Early life

Siobhan Magnus was born on March 15, 1990, to parents Alan and Colleen Magnus. She was raised in Barnstable, Massachusetts, along with her two older brothers, her older sister and her two younger sisters. [1] Magnus' father was a singer-songwriter, her siblings play in various bands, and her brother Rory is in the film animation industry. [2] She is the niece of two musicians: Tracy Ferrie, currently the bassist for Boston and former bassist for Stryper, and Alan Ware, drummer for Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra. [3]

Barnstable, Massachusetts City in Massachusetts, United States

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Tracy Ferrie is an American musician, who is the current bass player for the classic rock band Boston and was the former bass player of Christian metal band Stryper.

Magnus first started singing in a fourth grade choral concert when she sang "Tomorrow" from the play Annie. [4]

<i>Annie</i> (musical) Broadway musical

Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan. The original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre. It spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The musical's songs "Tomorrow" and "It's the Hard Knock Life" are among its most popular musical numbers.

She also previously fronted an alternative rock band called Lunar Valve, also consisting of Ralph Bousquet (lead guitar), Matthew Kohler (bass), and Jordan Bonina (drums). [5]

Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1970s and became widely popular in the 1980s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music. The term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style or simply the independent, DIY ethos of punk rock, which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music. At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, that is seen to be descended from punk rock. Although the genre evolved in the late 1970s and 1980s, music anticipating the sound of the genre can be found as early as the 1960s, with bands such as The Velvet Underground and artists such as Syd Barrett.


Magnus is a 2008 graduate of Barnstable High School in Hyannis, Massachusetts. [4] [6] [7] In school, she was a member of the Barnstable High School Drama Club. [7] When the drama club was filmed for an internet reality show by Warner Brothers, [8] she was featured as one of three Dorothys for the play The Wizard of Oz . In May 2008, in a local profile about Magnus's singing talent, the music department chair of her school district was quoted as saying "Hands down, I think she'd win 'American Idol'." [9] During her senior year in high school, she was voted the most individual girl. [10] She auditioned as a vocal major Berklee College of Music, but was not accepted. [11] She attended Salem State College, but dropped out after one semester. [12] Magnus worked as an apprentice glassblower in Hyannis before taking part in American Idol. [6]

Barnstable High School

Barnstable High School is a public high school in the village of Hyannis, Massachusetts, United States, Town of Barnstable. The school is part of the Barnstable Public School District.

Hyannis, Massachusetts Village in Massachusetts, United States

Hyannis is the largest of the seven villages in the town of Barnstable, Massachusetts, in the United States. It is the commercial and transportation hub of Cape Cod and was designated an urban area as of the 1990 census. Because of this, many refer to Hyannis as the "Capital of the Cape". It contains a majority of the Barnstable Town offices and two important shopping districts: the historic downtown Main Street and the Route 132 Commercial District, including Cape Cod Mall and Independence Park, headquarters of Cape Cod Potato Chips. Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis is the largest on Cape Cod.

Adaptations of <i>The Wizard of Oz</i> Wikimedia list article

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a 1900 children's novel written by American author L. Frank Baum. Since its first publication in 1900, it has been adapted many times: for film, television, theatre, books, comics, games, and other media.

American Idol

Magnus auditioned for American Idol in the summer of 2009 in Boston, [13] and was one of two Massachusetts contestants to make the semi-finals of the show. [14] Magnus emerged as an early contender after her interpretation of "Think" by Aretha Franklin and "Paint It, Black" by The Rolling Stones. Magnus' vocal range and dramatic performances prompted judge Kara DioGuardi to compare her to Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert. [15] Magnus' elimination during top 6 week came as a surprise to many Idol experts. [16] It was reported that as a result, many fans of Magnus had vowed not to watch the rest of the American Idol season. [17] The week after Magnus' dismissal, American Idol had its lowest ratings since 2002. [18] Magnus, along with twelfth season finalist Angie Miller, are the only finalists on American Idol from Massachusetts.

Massachusetts State in the northeastern United States

Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It borders on the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island to the south, New Hampshire and Vermont to the north, and New York to the west. The state is named after the Massachusett tribe, which once inhabited the east side of the area, and is one of the original thirteen states. The capital of Massachusetts is Boston, which is also the most populous city in New England. Over 80% of the population of Massachusetts lives in the Greater Boston metropolitan area, a region influential upon American history, academia, and industry. Originally dependent on agriculture, fishing and trade, Massachusetts was transformed into a manufacturing center during the Industrial Revolution. During the 20th century, Massachusetts's economy shifted from manufacturing to services. Modern Massachusetts is a global leader in biotechnology, engineering, higher education, finance, and maritime trade.

Think (Aretha Franklin song) song by Aretha Franklin

"Think" is a song written and performed by American singer Aretha Franklin. It was released as a single in 1968, from her Aretha Now album. The song reached No. 7 on Billboard Hot 100, becoming Franklin's seventh top 10 hit in the United States. The song also reached number 1 on the magazine's Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles, becoming her sixth single to top the chart. The song was written by Aretha and then husband Ted White. Franklin re-recorded the song in the Atlantic Records New York studio for the soundtrack of the 1980 film The Blues Brothers and in 1989 for the album Through the Storm. Pitchfork Media placed it at number 15 on its list of "The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s".

Aretha Franklin American singer, songwriter, and pianist

Aretha Louise Franklin was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father C. L. Franklin was minister. At the age of 18, she embarked on a secular musical career as a recording artist for Columbia Records. While Franklin's career did not immediately flourish, she found acclaim and commercial success after signing with Atlantic Records in 1966. Hit songs such as "Respect", "Chain of Fools", "Think", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "I Never Loved a Man ", and "I Say a Little Prayer", propelled her past her musical peers. By the end of the 1960s, Aretha Franklin had come to be known as "The Queen of Soul".


Week #ThemeSong choiceOriginal artistOrder #Result
AuditionAuditioner's Choice"Love of My Life" Queen N/AAdvanced
HollywoodFirst Solo"A Woman's Worth" Alicia Keys N/AAdvanced
HollywoodGroup Round"Bad Romance" Lady Gaga N/AAdvanced
HollywoodSecond Solo"Living for the City" Stevie Wonder N/AAdvanced
Top 24 (12 Women) Billboard Hot 100 Hits"Wicked Game" Chris Isaak 10Safe
Top 20 (10 Women)"Think" Aretha Franklin 10Safe
Top 16 (8 Women)"The House of the Rising Sun"(traditional)2Safe
Top 12 The Rolling Stones "Paint It, Black"The Rolling Stones8Safe
Top 11 Billboard #1 Hits"Superstition" Stevie Wonder 11Safe
Top 10 R&B/Soul "Through the Fire" Chaka Khan 1Safe
Top 9 Lennon–McCartney "Across the Universe" The Beatles 8Safe
Top 9 1 Elvis Presley "Suspicious Minds" Mark James 6Safe
Top 7Inspirational Songs"When You Believe" Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston 5Safe
Top 6 Shania Twain "Any Man of Mine"Shania Twain6Eliminated

^Note 1 Due to the judges using their one save to save Michael Lynche, the Top 9 remained intact for another week.


Siobhan Magnus performing in Staples Center, Los Angeles on August 13, 2010 Siobhan Magnus.jpg
Siobhan Magnus performing in Staples Center, Los Angeles on August 13, 2010

After her elimination, Magnus gave several media appearances and performed "House of the Rising Sun" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show , [19] and "Paint It, Black" on the Late Show with David Letterman . Letterman would go on to say to Magnus "I don't know why they voted you off, frankly I don't care. As far as I'm concerned, you should be our American Idol". [20] Magnus also visited the If I Can Dream house and sang "I Will Come to You" by Hanson and also "Halo" by Beyoncé. [21] She visited the house a second time with the Top 10 contestants, and sang many songs, including "Wicked Game", "No One", "Creep", and "Umbrella". [22] She also made an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show performing "Summertime". [23]

Magnus returned to the finale of American Idol on May 26, 2010 and sang "How Deep Is Your Love" with Aaron Kelly, who were both joined by the Bee Gees. She also had group performances with Alice Cooper, Christina Aguilera and Janet Jackson. [24]

On June 9, 2010, Magnus performed with childhood Idols Hanson at the Bardot in Hollywood, California. Magnus actually declared the experience (performing with Hanson) was "better than winning American Idol." [25]

Magnus was featured in the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2010, where she sang The Rolling Stones' "Paint It, Black", No Doubt's "Spiderwebs" and Muse's "Stockholm Syndrome." She also sang in two group performances: Miley Cyrus's "The Climb" and Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You". Her debut album "Moonbaby" was released in 2012. [26]

Solo career

Magnus recorded her debut album, Moonbaby , with Nashville-based Pacific International Music. [27] Her first single, "Beatrice Dream", was released to iTunes on May 1, and her second single, "Black Doll", was released to iTunes on October 3. [28] [29] 1,000 pre-release copies of the album were made available for purchase through her official website in December 2011. [30] "Moonbaby" was made available through digital retailers on January 22, 2012. [31]

In March 2013, Magnus showcased a new band called Doubtful Guest, featuring several members of bands from the 1990s. The showcase was held in Nashville at 12th and Porter on March 27, 2013. [32]

On July 8, 2014, during Boston's Heaven on Earth Tour to support Life, Love & Hope , Magnus performed "Walk On" with in Buffalo, New York, on July 22 at the Sandia Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on August 5 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, Utah and on September 3 at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho as a lead and backup vocalist.[ citation needed ]

In 2014 Magnus recorded the song "Wisdom" as the theme song for the movie The Wisdom to Know the Difference, "Wisdom" was included on her 2015 EP release Holiday Inspiration, which also included recordings of "What Child Is This?", "O Holy Night", "Old Cape Cod", and "Did You Ever Wonder Why" The EP was made available only through her website as a CD.

In November 2016 she released a single, "Breakfast in Bed", under her label Millbilly Music.

Siobhan has also contributed vocals to video game soundtracks, including The End Is Nigh and Blade Strangers . [33] [34]



YearAlbum details
2012 Moonbaby [35]
  • Released: January 22, 2012
  • Label: Snotface Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2013 Old Cape Cod [36]
  • Released:February 28, 2013
  • Label: Snotface Records
  • Formats: Vinyl, digital download

Holiday Inspiration EP


SingleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
"Beatrice Dream"2011Moonbaby
"Black Doll"
"Old Cape Cod"2013Old Cape Cod
"Breakfast in Bed"2016Breakfast in Bed
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

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