Born on February 12, 1952 in Ferguson, Mo., into a Catholic Irish-American family, Michael McDonald took to music at a young age, playing in numerous bands throughout his high school years. It was while playing in one of those bands, named Blue, that he was discovered by a music industry insider and subsequently moved to Los Angeles in 1970 to pursue his musical career. That career has now spanned nearly five decades and yielded 11 solo studio albums, seven compilation albums, one live album, four hit music videos and over 25 hit singles.
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What can I expect from Michael McDonald?
A classic crooner with a soulful style, Michael McDonald's musical style can be described as an amalgamation of rock, pop, R&B, yacht rock and "blue-eyed" soul. In addition to singing into the mic, he also plays guitar and keyboards.
What songs might I hear at a Michael McDonald show?
On any Michael McDonald tour setlist, you'll hear a combination of his original hit singles along with hits he recorded with Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers. Just some of the songs you may hear include "Hey Nineteen," "On My Own," "Peg," "I Keep Forgettin'," "Sweet Freedom," "This Is It," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," "I Gotta Try," "Rose Darling," "Find It In Your Heart," "No Lookin' Back," "Cousin Dupree," "Glamour Profession," "Hey Girl" and "You Show Me."
Who are the members of Michael McDonald's touring band?
Playing with Michael McDonald on tour are Bernie Chiaravalle on guitars and backup vocals, Jacob Lowery on bass guitar, backup vocals and harmonica, Pat Coil on keyboards, Dan Needham on drums, Mark Douthit on saxophone and keyboards, Drea Rheneé on co-lead as well as backup vocals and tambourine and Amy Holland on vocals.
How many Grammy Awards has Michael McDonald won?
Michael McDonald has been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards and won five, those being Record of the Year for What a Fool Believes, Song of the Year and Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocals for "What a Fool Believes," Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus for "Minute by Minute" in 1979 and Best Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1984 for "Yah Mo B There" with James Ingram.