Five-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist Michael McDonald will perform at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 304-293-SHOW and 800-745-3000.
McDonald’s distinct voice has made him a staple in the soft rock and “blue-eyed soul” genres, with a career spanning four decades. Beginning his career providing backing vocals for jazz-rock band Steely Dan, McDonald appeared “The Royal Scam” and the platinum, Grammy-winning “Aja.” McDonald also performed as part of The Doobie Brothers, contributing several of the band’s greatest hits, including “What a Fool Believes” and “Takin’ It to the Streets.”
McDonald found success as a solo artist after performing in the two groups, co-writing Van Halen’s hit “I’ll Wait,” as well as recreating The Doobie Brothers track “You Belong to Me,” which reached No. 4 in the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in 1978. “Yah Mo B There,” a duet with James Ingram, won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1985. His collaboration with Patti Labelle for “On My Own,” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1986. In 2003, he earned two Grammy nominations for his album “Motown,” a tribute to the Motown sound.
McDonald recently released “The Voice of Michael McDonald,” a collection of hits from his own work and The Doobie Brothers. In June 2011, McDonald revealed to music website Inside MusicCast he was releasing a new album with guitarist Robben Ford, which he described as a “very eclectic record” with Latin, jazz, blues and pop combinations.
Tickets are available from $47-$67 depending on seat location and are on sale now at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 304-293-SHOW and 800-745-3000. WVU students may purchase discounted tickets for $27 with a valid Mountaineer Card at the campus box offices and at 304-293-SHOW (one discounted ticket per I.D.).
This event is produced by WVU Arts & Entertainment. For additional event information, call 304-293-SHOW.
CONTACT: Kristie Gale; WVU Arts & Entertainment