Michael McDonald is a singer and songwriter who is popular across blue-eyed soul, pop rock, soft rock, and R&B genres of music. The musician has been around for almost forever, having started his career as far back as the 1970s. For all his efforts, his albums have sold millions and he has many awards, including 3 Grammy awards. Rightly regarded as one of the greatest singers of his generation, here is all to know about him.
Michael McDonald Biography And Age
It was on February 12, 1952, that Michael McDonald was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He was brought up in an Irish-American family alongside two sisters, Maureen McDonald and Kathy McDonald. For his education, the boy who would grow up to become a popular singer went to the McCluer High School.
McDonald began singing since he was much younger and when he was in high school, he started his career with the band, “Mike and the Majestics”. He went on to also perform in different other bands such as the “Reebtoors”, “The Guild”, and “Jerry Jay and the Sheratons” – before moving to California to pursue a musical career.
From 1970 when he moved to LA, he worked with other artists, writing and singing in their albums. He worked with Steely Dan as a background singer and keyboardist before going on to become a member of The Doobie Brothers after the band first brought him in as a temporary member to fill in for Tom Johnston, the lead vocalist of the band who was ill at the time. However, thanks to his great contribution to the band and his talent, he became a full-time member.
The band released some great works such as “Takin’ It to the Streets”, “It Keeps You Runnin'”, and the Grammy-winning “What a Fool Believes” which was written by Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins.
After the band finally broke apart in the early 1980s, Michael started his solo career with the release of If That’s What It Takes. Although the album was successful, it would take him 3 years to release his next album, “No Lookin’ Back”, in 1985. He went on to produce 7 more albums and 4 Christmas albums. His most recent works are “Soul Speak” (2008), “This Christmas” (2009), and “Wide Open” (2017).
Through a career that can be described as very successful, he has had many Grammy nominations and awards both with The Doobie Brothers and as a solo artist. He has won the Best R&B Performance with James Ingram in 1984, as well as Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocals and Album of the Year both in 1979 with The Doobie Brothers.
Is He Gay Or Has A Wife? And Children
You may sometimes find people mistaking the singer for the comedian, Michael McDonald who has voiced alongside Wayne Brady Nickelodeon’s ‘Loud House’ as a gay couple. It is because of this that fans keep asking if he is gay or if he did the voicing for the animated show. The singer is neither gay nor the man behind the voice.
Although there are many interesting things about the professional life of Michael McDonald, his love life is even more interesting. When he was 18 years old, he was hired to play piano on the record of Amy Holland who was at the time, a 16-year-old singer.
The two immediately liked each other but Amy had a boyfriend. The next time they would reconnect was 5 years later when they worked on Amy’s album for 3 years, before finally deciding much later that they wanted to spend their lives together, tying the knot in 1983.
McDonald and his wife have two children together, Dylan and Scarlett, and they live in Santa Barbara, California. His son, Dylan, is a member of the Dylan McDonald & The Avians band while Scarlett who was born in 1991 has thus far, stayed away from the public.
In 1995, the family faced one of its toughest battles after Amy Holland was diagnosed with cancer. However, she was later able to beat the disease.
Through his career as a singer, Michael McDonald has achieved a lot both as a solo artist and as a member of a band. For all his efforts, he has a massive net worth of $40 million to show for it. Also a record producer, he has made a greater part of his wealth from his musical career.