Michael McDonald

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NameMichael McDonald
Age72 years 
BirthdayFeb 12, 1952
Net worth$50 million
ProfessionAmerican Singer

Michael McDonald is an American singer, keyboardist, and songwriter born on February 12, 1952. Michael McDonald is known as the lead vocalist and keyboardist for the rock band the Doobie Brothers. His solo studio albums are If That’s What It Takes (1982), No Lookin’ Back (1985),Take It to Heart (1990),Blink of an Eye (1993),Blue Obsession (2000),Motown (2003) (covers album),Motown Two (2004) (covers album),Soul Speak (2008) (covers album),Wide Open (2017), while his Christmas albums are In the Spirit: A Christmas Album (2001),The Best of Michael McDonald: The Christmas Collection (2004),Through the Many Winters, A Christmas Album (2005),This Christmas (2009),Season of Peace: The Christmas Collection (2018).

Michael McDonald

His touring band members are:

  • Michael McDonald (lead vocals, piano, rhythm guitar).
  • Bernie Chiaravalle (lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals)
  • Pat Coil, keyboards
  • Mark Douthit: saxophone, keyboards
  • Jacob Lowery: bass guitar, harmonica, backing vocals
  • Dan Needham, drums
  • Drea Rheneé: backing and co-leading vocals, tambourine
  • Amy Holland, vocals

Till now, Michael has released nine solo albums. Michael has won five Grammy awards for his solo albums.

Net worth 

As of 2024, Michael’s net worth is estimated to be between $40 million and $50 million. Most of his income comes from his successful music career as a singer and musician.

Michael McDonald

Real Estate

Michael has invested in real estate. One of his famous properties is a cherished home in Maui, Hawaii, which is valued at over $3.9 million. The property includes over two acres with several residential structures. The house features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an office, cherry-wood floors, vaulted ceilings, and a well-appointed kitchen. Over outside, there is a 70-foot-long lap pool and a relaxing area with views of Maui’s beach. Michael also owns a residence in Franklin, Tennessee. This property serves as his primary home and is located in a suburban area known for its peaceful environment.

Early Life, Education, and Parents

Michael McDonald was born on February 12, 1952, in St. Louis, Missouri. He grew up in the nearby town of Ferguson. His father, Raymond, worked as a cabinetmaker and later ran his own cabinetry business, while his mother, Dorothy, was a homemaker and later worked in retail. Michael is the eldest child and has two younger sisters, Kathy and Maureen. Michael has been interested in music since childhood. His parents supported him in his music career, allowing him to perform with local bands.

Michael McDonald

Michael McDonald studied at McClure High School in Florissant, Missouri. There he formed his first band, Mike and the Majestics. Mike and the Majestic help Michael give the first taste of a live performance. After high school, Michael attended college for some time but then decided to pursue his full-time acting career, moving to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. 


Grammy Awards
YearCategoryNominated workResult
1979Record of the Year“What a Fool Believes” (The Doobie Brothers)Won
1979Song of the Year“What a Fool Believes” (co-written with Kenny Loggins)Won
1979“Minute by Minute” (co-written with Lester Abrams)Nominated
1979Album of the YearMinute by Minute (The Doobie Brothers)Nominated
1979Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus“Minute by Minute” (The Doobie Brothers)Won
1979Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocals“What a Fool Believes”Won
1982Best Pop Vocal Performance – Male“I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)”Nominated
1984Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal“Yah Mo B There” (with James Ingram)Won
1984Best R&B Song“Yah Mo B There” (with James Ingram, Rod Temperton, and Quincy Jones)Nominated
1986Best Pop Vocal Performance – Male“Sweet Freedom”Nominated
1986Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group“On My Own” (with Patti LaBelle)Nominated
2003Best Pop Vocal Performance – Male“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”Nominated
2003Best Pop Vocal AlbumMotownNominated

In May 2011, Michael McDonald was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music.

Controversies and relationships

Michael has been involved in serial controversies in his career. One well-known controversy was his role as Doobie Brother, where his voice and songwriting skills impacted the band’s sound and popularity. There was criticism from fans who preferred the earlier band. Michael was also addicted to substance abuse, which he recovered from with the help of his friends and family.

Michael McDonald

Michael has been married to his fellow singer, Amy Holland, since 1983. The couple has two children, Dylan and Scarlett. Dylan is following in his father’s footsteps to pursue a career in music. 

Most-asked questions

What is Michael McDonald known for?

Michael is known as the lead vocalist and keyboardist for the rock band the Doobie Brothers. 

Is Michael McDonald still performing?

Michael McDonald returned to join the band for the 2021–22 tour after a quarter-century break.

Who is Michael McDonald’s wife?

Michael married his fellow singer, Amy Holland, in 1983.

Did Michael McDonald sing with Toto?

Michael performed as a backing vocalist on the rock band Toto’s studio album Fahrenheit.

What made Michael so famous?

He became a global solo star with his 1979 album Off the Wall.

More Info

Height178 cm
Weight81 kg
BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States

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