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An American songwriter, keyboard player and record producer, Michael McDonald is probably best known as a vocalist. Born in 1952, in the city of St. Louis in Missouri, McDonald is associated with the so-called blue-eyed soul genre of music, as well as rock, pop and R 'n' B. With a long-standing career, the singer has been performing as a professional musician since 1974. He has sung for bands such as Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, as well as performing as a solo artist. Over the course of his career, McDonald has recorded and performed live with many big names in American music, such as Aretha Franklin, Van Halen and David Cassidy, to name but a few.
Michael McDonald’s early career
Among McDonald’s earliest musical ventures was a band called Blue. This led to the singer reaching a wider audience than previous acts he had sung for. As a result of his work with Blue, the singer decided to make a go of a solo career and relocated to Los Angeles in order to pursue his dreams. In 1974, McDonald joined Steely Dan as a singer and he subsequently went on to record on some of their albums. In the mid-1970s, the singer attracted the attention of the Doobie Brothers, and he also toured with them.
Michael McDonald’s later career
By 1982, McDonald was ready to put out his debut solo LP. Entitled If That’s What it Takes, the album came out on Warner Brothers. The work included the hit single “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)”, which was recorded in McDonald’s trademark blue-eyed soul style. In 1984, the singer worked on a duet with James Ingram, called “Yah Mo B There”, which ended up winning a Grammy Award for the Best R 'n' B Performance by a Duo or Vocal Group. A second studio album followed in 1985, entitled No Lookin’ Back. The LP got to number 45 in the US Billboard 200 charts. The title song on the album was a hit, too, reaching number 34 in the US singles charts.
In 1990, McDonald put out the well-received Take It to the Heart but tended to focus on collaborations for the remainder of the decade. More recently, the singer has chosen to work on cover version albums, such as the Grammy-nominated Motown. His songwriting returned on Soul Speak of 2008, however, an album with three self-penned tracks on it. In 2017, the singer took up his long-standing collaboration with Kenny Loggins once more, performing songs on US TV shows with him.
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