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Paul McDonald & Nikki Reed


Listen to Bouqeut of Lies (Ghost in Apt. 8)

He’s a little bit country. She’s a little bit…vampire. Together, they’re Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed, Hollywood’s newest power couple and potential heirs to the Civil Wars’ vacant throne.

After meeting at the premiere of Red Riding Hood — she was attending the movie as a favor to director Catherine Hardwicke, who’d already cast Reed in the Twilight films, and he was there with the rest of his American Idol cast mates — the two struck up a quick romance and began writing songs together. The Best Part, their debut EP, finds the husband-and-wife duo trading harmonies over puddles of acoustic guitar and brushed percussion. Recorded in Nashville and produced by former Wilco drummer Ken Coomer, it’s a sparse, intimate EP, one that’s good enough to stand outside the long shadow of the pop-culture franchises — Twilight and American Idol– that indirectly spawned it.

-American Songwriter