Emily Kinney and Paul McDonald have a new project called The Sweetheart Deal that they want to share with old and new fans alike! The band came together in the middle of last year, when McDonald asked Kinney to add a verse to a song he had been working on. That song, “Figure You Out,” made them realize that their combined talents were special, and so The Sweetheart Deal was born.
Emily Kinney is an actress, singer, and songwriter, best known for her role as Beth Greene on The Walking Dead. She released her second EP Expired Love in 2013. In an interview with AMC, Kinney talks about the story of the album: “‘Expired Love’ is about my story. But I do think that with my acting career, my style seeps into my career a lot. My songs are similar to Tom Waits’ in that they’re little stories. Sometimes I write songs based on one word or feeling that keeps popping up for me. And I do feel like, because I’ve never played a character for so long, that it can’t help but seep its way into things. It’s like, maybe this is why a particular idea keeps coming up for me, because this is something that we keep dealing with on the show!”
Paul McDonald is a singer-songwriter from Huntsville, Alabama, who is now based in Nashville, Tennessee. Before he was on American Idol, he made music with his band The Grand Magnolias (fka Hightide Blues), and now he continues to write for his solo project.