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Michael McDonald Plays the Thornton Winery-July 15

Temecula CA— Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and five-time Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald is on tour throughout North America this summer. Confirmed dates include two nights at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl with Kenny Loggins and Christopher Cross. Following his appearance at the Hollywood Bowl, he will be at the Thornton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Rd., in Temecula, for one night only July 15.

McDonald is on tour in the wake of his most recent release, Wide Open, out now via BMG. Featuring special guests including Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Marcus Miller and Branford Marsalis, Wide Open is available on  iTunes & Amazon. Follow Michael McDonald on Spotify and Apple Music.

McDonald celebrated the release of Wide Open, performing his single “Find It In Your Heart” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon;” watch/share the performance at http://bit.ly/2BHNGQ0. McDonald was also featured on CBS “Sunday Morning” in the wake of the album’s release; watch/share the segment at http://cbsn.ws/2yTgJdN.

Wide Open follows a trio of albums of R&B and soul covers McDonald recorded for the fabled Motown label, the most recent being 2008’s Soul Speak. Wide Open is McDonald’s first album of original material in 17 years, comprised largely of material written over a number of years in-between projects and recorded in his Nashville studio with drummer Shannon Forrest (Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Toto) and an extensive cast of Nashville session musicians.

McDonald also 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,” as well. Watch/share the performance of the track from Thundercat’s critically acclaimed album Drunk at https://youtu.be/x8AgdI4eyFc.

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.