Michael McDonald At North Fork Theatre September 23
McDonald has triumphed through music, with a remarkable voice and a body of well-crafted songs, including "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)," "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," "Reach Out, I'll Be There," "Sweet Freedom," and on the duets "On My Own" with Patti Labelle and "Ya Mo Be There" with Jeffrey Osborne.
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. He began his career as a back-up vocalist for Steely Dan as well as the original keyboardist of the Steely Dan touring band. He joined the Doobie Brothers as their keyboard player and replaced vocalist Tom Johnston on 1976's "Taking It To The Streets." The Doobie Brothers' 1978 album "Minute By Minute" spent five weeks at number one on the strength of McDonald's vocals on hits like "What A Fool Believes," "It Keeps You Running" and the title song. The hit single "Real Love" from the 1980 album "One Step Closer" followed. After the group disbanded in 1982, McDonald focused on his solo career. He has been awarded an impressive five Grammys, released over 10 solo albums, and had numerous Billboard hits.
McDonald's incomparable and prolific consistency through more than 25 years of recording and performing was celebrated in 2005 when Warner Brothers released "Michael McDonald: The Ultimate Collection." The album highlights the wide extent of his career, from his days with The Doobie Brothers to his solo hits, to his version of the Motown favorite "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Today, Michael McDonald remains an enduring presence in popular music.