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Soul singer Michael McDonald has a unique and immediately recognizable voice that has soared through pop, rock and R&B hits for four decades. Unlike many artists, he has enjoyed sustained success while retaining his personal sound and values. His Grammy Award-winning performances blend rock, adult contemporary, and R&B.
McDonald was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Like many young people of his generation, he grew up listening to the soul sounds of Motown. On the website for World Hunger Year, a cause he supports, McDonald said, "I grew up around guys who were well versed in all the soul singers, and ended up playing with lots of them in bands. I remember thinking, at a young age, 'These are the kinds of records I'd love to make someday.'
In 2002, McDonald began working on a project with an interesting thesis: What would happen if the greatest "blue-eyed soul" singer of this generation released an album covering songs by the great 60's Motown artists who had clearly influenced his career? And what if he recorded it for Motown? The result was Motown, McDonald's first major release in nearly a decade. It quickly became McDonald's biggest hit in two decades.
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