Michael McDonald Artist Profile | AAE Music
Fee Range:$150,000 - $300,000
Availability:On tour
Years Active: 1974–present
Genre:pop, pop rock, soul
1.6MScrobers
201.1KListeners

Michael McDonald (born February 12, 1952, in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American R&B/soul singer (sometimes described as a "blue-eyed soul" singer), known for his trademark husky baritone voice.McDonald played in several local bands (such as Mike and the Majestics, Jerry Jay and the Sheratons, the Reebtoors, and The Guild) while attending McCluer High School in his hometown of Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St.

Louis. He was 'discovered' while playing with a group called Blue and consequently moved to Los Angeles in 1970. He first gained wide attention as an adjunct member of the group Steely Dan, providing back-up vocals and keyboards.

Michael continued to do background vocals for Steely Dan up to their 1980 Gaucho release.McDonald was recruited by The Doobie Brothers in April 1975 when lead singer Tommy Johnston became ill during a national tour.

As a member of the Doobies, he recorded some of his most memorable songs, such as "Takin' It To The Streets," "Little Darling," "Minute By Minute," and "What A Fool Believes" (which earned him a 1980 Grammy Award for Song of the Year).

After the Doobies' first farewell tour, McDonald continued with a very successful solo career. Among his hits are * "I Keep Forgettin'", a duet with his sister Maureen, later sampled in 1994 by Warren G * "Sweet Freedom", the theme to the 1986 MGM film Running Scared * "Take It To Heart" * "Yah Mo B There", a duet with James Ingram which won a 1985 Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals * "On My Own", a 1986 duet with Patti Labelle which reached #1 on the US chartsMcDonald has produced and/or appeared on albums recorded by many other artists, including his singer wife Amy Holland and Grammy winner Christopher Cross.

He is also a co-founder of the small independent recording label Ramp Records, with studio designer Chris Pelonis and actor Jeff Bridges.His current album out 3/4/8 is titled "Soul Speak."*********There is also Michael McDonald, an American songwriter based in Helsinki, Finland.

Michael has played with Helsinki-based bands Montevideo and Treeball, and is about to release his first solo album in 2007.

Photos

Michael McDonald performs pop, pop rock, soul music and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, or other music performances. The estimated booking fee range to book Michael McDonald for your event is $150,000 - $300,000. Michael McDonald has more than 201.1K listeners worldwide and really knows how to entertain your audience. Similar artists are  Robbie Dupree, Christopher Cross, Stephen Bishop, Paul Carrack, Peter Cetera, Boz Scaggs, James Ingram, Bertie Higgins, Daryl Hall, Gino Vannelli . Contact AAE Music agency for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Michael McDonald for an upcoming event.

This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of popular musicians and bands to consider for performances at corporate events, fundraising galas, or university events. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any artist or celebrity on this site. AAE Music is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

This is a standard notification.

Report an issue with my profile

Please use this form to report an issue with your artist profile or to request removal from our online catalog.

Leave your message and contact information below. We will send you a confirmation message or reach out if we have questions.

Please update my profile
Please delete my profile