Michael McDonald

The Watermelon Spring Jazz to benefit The Davis E. Velarde Scholarship is proud to feature 5-Time Grammy Award Winner, Michael McDonald, an American singer-songwriter, keyboardist, and record producer known for his distinctive, soulful voice. Mr. McDonald was a member of the bands The Doobie Brothers (1975-1982, 1987, 2019-present) and Steely Dan (1974). McDonald wrote and sang several hit singles with The Doobie Brothers, including “What a Fool Believes”, “Minute By Minute”, and “Takin’ It to the Streets”. McDonald has also performed as a prominent backing vocalist on numerous recordings by artists including Steely Dan, Christopher Cross, and Kenny Loggins. He is considered an influential figure in the development of the yacht rock genre.

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McDonald’s solo career consists of nine studio albums and a number of singles, including the 1982 hit “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)”. During his career, McDonald has collaborated with a number of other artists, including James Ingram, David Cassidy, Van Halen, Patti LaBelle, Lee Ritenour, the Winans, Aretha Franklin, Toto, Grizzly Bear, Joni Mitchell, and Thundercat. He has also recorded for television and film soundtracks.

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