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Michael McDonald sets intimate NYC residency at Cafe Carlyle 10/23 – 11/3


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Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and five-time Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald is set for the October 12 release of Season of Peace: The Christmas Collection on BMG. The album compiles McDonald’s most beloved Christmas recordings including “White Christmas/Winter Wonderland” (feat. Jonny Lang), “Oh Holy Night,” “Christmas on the Bayou” and “Children Go Where I Send Thee” (feat. Twinkie Clark), as well as a new version of “Winter Wonderland” featuring special guest Jake Shimabukuro. The album art hails from an original painting by McDonald himself; see below for a complete track list.
In celebration of the new compilation record, McDonald is adding a number of winter performances to his current North American tour. Confirmed dates include two nights at Los AngelesHollywood Bowl with Kenny Loggins and Christopher Cross as well as performances at New York’s South Street Seaport, Washington, DC’s Filene Center at Wolf Trap with Peter Cetera, St. LouisLoufest, the Cityfolk Festival in Ottawa and more. See below for a list of dates.
McDonald’s most recent release, Wide Open (out now via BMG), is the subject of extensive critical praise from the Los Angeles Times, NPR Music, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and many more:

Wide Open sets McDonald’s gruff but heartfelt vocals—and his thoughts on
romance and human nature—against arrangements that pull expertly from R&B, country
and gospel. ‘Does the sound of my voice still carry any kind of message?’ he asks an old
lover in ‘Hail Mary,’ and this excellent record argues that it does.”

“There’s a profound sense of hindsight to Wide Open that moves with a
tenderness that comes from age and newfound wonderment, even if McDonald’s
voice hasn’t aged a day.”

Wide Open may be the album that makes the kids call their folks and say, ‘Hey,
have you heard of this new artist, Michael McDonald?'”

“Within seconds of the opening ‘oohs’ and warm, groovy vibes of McDonald’s new
song, ‘Find It In Your Heart,’ your heart will be overjoyed. The opening notes call up immediate memories of some of his much-beloved Doobie Brothers classics, like ‘What A Fool Believes’ and ‘Takin’ It To The Streets,’ as well as some of of his incredible harmony singing with Steely Dan on ‘Peg’ and ‘Bad Sneakers.'”

“an urbane R&B labor of love”

“McDonald’s voice remains exceptional, a throaty bray–unyielding in the middle,
shredded around the edges–that’s still capable of overpowering even a muscular band.”
“Michael McDonald is having a renaissance.”—Rolling Stone Hot Issue
(November 16, 2017)

“It’s McDonald’s voice and its soulful, instantly recognizable qualities that
he has built his career on—including his stints with Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers and many years of solo work. There’s plenty more of his sweet tones on the dozen songs
on Wide Open, in diverse settings.”

“One of the great unexpected pop pleasures of 2017 is Michael McDonald suddenly being cool again…Wide Open has some soul and New Orleans funk but also horn-fueled tracks that tell us what his friends in Steely Dan would sound like if they became earnest romantic obsessives.”

“as diverse an album as McDonald has ever made”

“one of the greatest singer-songwriters to ever sit at a piano”

“On Wide Open, McDonald…[is] digging deep into the core of these
always-honest, sometimes-gritty, never-mannered songs and delivering them
with sincerity, punch and heart.”
“His singing is so specific, and it has so much depth…Michael is such a stark
example of staying honest and open in your music.”—Thundercat
McDonald celebrated the release of Wide Open by performing his single “Find It In Your Heart” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon;” watch/share the performance at McDonald was also featured on CBS Sunday Morning” in the wake of the album’s release; watch/share the segment at
Additionally, McDonald recently collaborated with bassist Thundercat and Kenny Loggins on the hit single “Show You The Way” which the trio performed on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Watch/share the performance of the track from Thundercat’s critically acclaimed album Drunk at
With a career that encompasses five Grammys, numerous chart successes and personal and professional accolades, as well as collaborations with some of the world’s most prominent artists, Michael McDonald remains an enduring force in popular music. Hailing from St. Louis, McDonald arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, honing his talents as a studio musician before becoming an integral part of Steely Dan. In the mid-’70s McDonald was invited to join the Doobie Brothers as the band redefined their sound with McDonald serving as singer, keyboardist and songwriter on such Top 40 singles as “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “Minute By Minute” and “What A Fool Believes.” Throughout the ’80s and ’90s McDonald’s solo career took off with a string of hits including “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near),” “Sweet Freedom,” “On My Own” (with Patti LaBelle) and the Grammy-winning James Ingram duet “Yah Mo B There,” plus he co-wrote the Van Halen hit “I’ll Wait.” McDonald has performed with a who’s-who of critically acclaimed artists across a number of genres, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Vince Gill and Grizzly Bear.
Season of Peace: The Christmas Collection
1. That’s What Christmas Means To Me
2. White Christmas/Winter Wonderland (feat. Jonny Lang)
3. Children Go Where I Send Thee (feat. Twinkie Clark)
4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
5. Wexford Carol (feat. Amy Holland)
6. Christmas On The Bayou
7. To Make A Miracle
8. Peace
9. Through the Many Winters
10. Every Time Christmas Comes Around
11. On Christmas Morning
12. World Out Of A Dream
13. Oh Holy Night
14. Winter Wonderland (feat. Jake Shimabukuro)
15. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
September 9
St. Louis, MO
Loufest Music Festival
September 11
Knoxville, TN
Tennessee Theatre
September 12
Northfield, OH
Hard Rock Live
September 14
Toronto, ON
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
September 15
Ottawa, ON
September 17
Rutland, VT
The Paramount Theater
September 19
Derry, NH
Tupelo Music Hall
September 21
New Brunswick, NJ
State Theatre New Jersey
September 22
Boston, MA
Emerson Colonial Theatre
September 23
Huntington, NY
The Paramount
October 23
New York, NY
Café Carlyle
October 24
New York, NY
Café Carlyle
October 25
New York, NY
Café Carlyle
October 26
New York, NY
Café Carlyle
October 27
New York, NY
Café Carlyle
October 30
New York, NY
Café Carlyle
October 31
New York, NY
Café Carlyle
November 1
New York, NY
Café Carlyle
November 2
New York, NY
Café Carlyle
November 3
New York, NY
Café Carlyle
November 21
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
November 23
Clearwater, FL
Capitol Theatre
November 24
Coconut Creek, FL
Seminole Casino, The Pavilion
November 27
Fayetteville, NC
Crown Theatre
November 30
Bensalem, PA
Parx Casino, XCite Center
December 1
Wilmington, DE
The Grand Opera House Gala
December 2
Peekskill, NY
Paramount Hudson Valley Theater
December 8
Van Wert, OH
Niswonger Performing Arts Center
December 9
Champaign, IL
Virginia Theatre
December 12
Tiffin, OH
The Ritz Theatre
December 14
Youngstown, OH
Stambaugh Auditorium
December 15
Waukegan, IL
Genesee Theatre
December 18
Orange, TX
Lutcher Theater
December 21
Norman, OK
Riverwind Casino, Showplace Theatre

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