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Michael McDonald is an American R&B/soul singer (sometimes described as a "blue-eyed soul" singer), known for his trademark husky tenor 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 high school in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri.
McDonald began his career as a back-up singer for Steely Dan. He is best known as a former member of the Grammy-award winning Doobie Brothers. Along with producing a number of solo albums, McDonald has collaborated with many musicians. In 2010, he began touring with Boz Scaggs and Don Fagen under the name, The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue.
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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 the 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).
McDonald 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.
In 2003, McDonald was featured in an ad campaign for MCI. A videotaped concert of the artist was used as a running joke in the 2005 film The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Beginning in 2005, an Internet-based comedy series of video shorts called "Yacht Rock" has fictionalized the smooth songwriting exploits of McDonald and frequent collaborator Kenny Loggins. In 2003 McDonald received a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.