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The husky, soulful baritone voice of Michael McDonald is one of the most effortless and powerful voices in modern soul/rock.
McDonald has always exhibited an uncanny knack for creating and performing on some of the most influential records of our time.
His hit-making days include the Doobie Brothers ("What a Fool Believes," "Minute by Minute," "Takin' It to the Streets"), his acclaimed solo recordings ("On My Own," "Sweet Freedom," "I Keep Forgetting") and his guest performances on recordings with Quincy Jones (USA for Africa), Steely Dan, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, Ambrosia, James Ingram, Christopher Cross, and countless others.
For a period in the '80s Michael McDonald became a major, although not always completely consistent, hit songwriter. He recorded an abortive solo session for Bell Records in the early '70s, but found greater fame as a guest vocalist with Steely Dan and as a member of the Doobie Brothers. McDonald was instrumental in steering the latter's sound towards highly commercial soul-based rock.
Following his departure from the
Brothers in 1982, Michael McDonald embarked on a popular solo career. He had
already won a Grammy for the Doobie Brothers hit, co-written with
Kenny Loggins, "What A Fool Believes," but during the '80s he had
his compositions recorded by numerous artists, including
Franklin, Millie Jackson and
Carly Simon. He almost made the top of
the US charts in 1982 with the soulful "I Keep Forgettin' (Every
Time You're Near)." His "Yah Mo B There," recorded with
Ingram in 1984, is a modern soul classic it is not often that
a white singer is able to write and sing in a predominantly black music
genre with such conviction and integrity.
His is the smooth voice that is equally at home singing righteous Rhythm and Blues, Memphis-style soul, traditional gospel or soul-searching ballads. You're sure to be inspired.
Hit songs include --
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