Booking Michael McDonald
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The staff of Headline Booking Group will work with you to produce a memorable event. Get started now by filling out our no-obligation Artist Request Form and we will work with you to book Michael McDonald or another Adult Contemporary artist for your event.
With his husky, soulful baritone, Michael McDonald became one of the most distinctive and popular vocalists to emerge from the laid-back California pop/rock scene of the late ’70s. McDonald found the middle ground between blue-eyed soul and smooth soft rock, a sound that made him a star. He initially essayed his signature style with the Doobie Brothers, ushering in the group’s most popular period with hits like ‘What a Fool Believes’ (which won three Grammys), ‘Minute By Minute’ and ‘Taking It to the Streets.’
After singing backup on several Steely Dan albums in the mid-’70s, McDonald joined the Doobie Brothers in 1977. He was largely responsible for moving the group away from boogie rock and toward polished, jazzy blue-eyed soul. Prior to the Doobies’ farewell tour in 1982, he sang harmony on several hit singles, including tracks by Donna Summer, Toto, Kenny Loggins, and Christopher Cross.
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McDonald released his solo debut, If That’s What It Takes, in 1982. The record climbed to number six on the strength of the No. 4 single ‘I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near),’ which also crossed over into the R&B Top 10. In 1983, he had another Top 20 pop hit (and a Top 10 R&B hit) with his duet with James Ingram, ‘Yah Mo B There,’ which won a Grammy. McDonald didn’t deliver his second solo album, No Lookin’ Back, until 1985. He bounced back the following year, when his duet with Patti LaBelle, ‘On My Own,’ shot to No. 1 and ‘Sweet Freedom,’ his theme for the Billy Crystal/Gregory Hines comedy Running Scared, climbed into the Top 10.
In 1994, ‘I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)’ was sampled heavily in Warren G’s smash hit ‘Regulate.’ By 1996, McDonald had returned to the Doobie Brothers, touring the oldies circuit with the reunited group. The following year, McDonald released Blue Obsession, his first album of new material in three years, and In the Spirit: A Christmas Album in 2001.
Thanks to a telephone advertisement featuring his version of ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine,’ McDonald’s album Motown renewed his popularity. He followed it with Motown Two in 2004.
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