Photo by Timothy White
One of world’s most distinctive singing voices, Michael McDonald is often imitated but never duplicated. Through the years, he has blended that voice with others’, whether as a member of Steely Dan, a Doobie Brother, a highly successful solo artist and songwriter, or most recently, reaching the Coachella generation as a celebrated co-star on Thundercat’s indie hit, “Show You The Way.” Now he is reclaiming a solo spotlight. McDonald’s first new album in nine years, Wide Open, marks his set of all-original material since 2000. He penned or co-wrote 11 of the album’s 12 tracks. It’s a cogent reminder that he won Record and Song of the Year GRAMMYs® for co-writing as well as singing the Doobie Brothers hit “What a Fool Believes.” Wide Open marks a return to that classic’s emotional urgency alongside fiercer and fresher band arrangements than he’s ever created.