@ Pigeon Island, St. Lucia Jazz Festival
9 May 2009
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Michael McDonald, born and raised in St. Louis, not only grew up
on Motown music, he went on to incorporate his vocal passion of
the music with his love of rock n’ roll into a stellar Grammy
winning career that has expanded over thirty years. As a keyboard
player, guitarist and vocalist, McDonald started out in local combos
throughout St. Louis, singing Motown tunes in clubs. He soon moved
to California where in 1972 he worked with Steely Dan for years
before joining the Doobie Brothers in 1976. With his voice and song
writing style, he helped transform the Doobie Brothers into a more
soulful rock group with hit songs like “What A Fool Believes,”
“Real Love,” “You Belong To Me,” “It
Keeps You Runnin’,” and “Little Darling (I Need
You),” among countless others.
McDonald quickly became one of most distinctive and popular singer-songwriters
to emerge from the 70’s rock scene and began his successful
multi-platinum solo career after the Doobie Brothers disbanded in
1982. He has since released eight albums with singles that have
reached Top 10 on the Billboard R&B and Pop Charts.
He has written songs with Kenny Loggins (“This Is It”)
and Carly Simon (“You Belong To Me”) as well as written
for Patti Austin, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Anita Baker,
Paul Carrack, Stanley Clarke and more while performing duets with
Patti, James Ingram and others. He and Ingram had a Top 10 R&B
hit with their duet “Yah Mo B There” in 1983.