Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and five-time Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald performed his single “Find It In Your Heart” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Friday night; watch/share the performance at http://bit.ly/2BHNGQ0. The track appears on Wide Open, McDonald’s first new album in nearly a decade (out now via BMG).

In addition to his “Tonight Show” performance, McDonald was featured on CBS “Sunday Morning” yesterday; watch/share the segment at http://cbsn.ws/2yTgJdN.

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.

The new record is the subject of extensive early critical acclaim from the Los Angeles Times, NPR Music, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and many more:

"Wide Open sets McDonald’s gruff but heartfelt vocals—and his thoughts on romance and human nature—against arrangements that pull expertly from R&B, country and gospel. ‘Does the sound of my voice still carry any kind of message?’ he asks an old lover in ‘Hail Mary,’ and this excellent record argues that it does.” –Los Angeles Times

"There's a profound sense of hindsight to Wide Open that moves with a tenderness that comes from age and newfound wonderment, even if McDonald's voice hasn't aged a day." –NPR First Listen

Wide Open may be the album that makes the kids call their folks and say, ‘Hey, have you heard of this new artist, Michael McDonald?’”—NPR Music

"Within seconds of the opening 'oohs’ and warm, groovy vibes of McDonald’s new song, 'Find It In Your Heart,' your heart will be overjoyed. The opening notes call up immediate memories of some of his much-beloved Doobie Brothers classics, like 'What A Fool Believes' and 'Takin’ It To The Streets,’ as well as some of of his incredible harmony singing with Steely Dan on ‘Peg’ and 'Bad Sneakers.'" –NPR "Songs We Love"

"an urbane R&B labor of love" –Pitchfork

"McDonald's voice remains exceptional, a throaty bray–unyielding in the middle, shredded around the edges–that's still capable of overpowering even a muscular band." –Rolling Stone

"It’s McDonald’s voice and its soulful, instantly recognizable qualities that he has built his career on—including his stints with Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers and many years of solo work. There’s plenty more of his sweet tones on the dozen songs on Wide Open, in diverse settings." –Associated Press

"One of the great unexpected pop pleasures of 2017 is Michael McDonald suddenly being cool again...Wide Open has some soul and New Orleans funk but also horn-fueled tracks that tell us what his friends in Steely Dan would sound like if they became earnest romantic obsessives." –Variety

"as diverse an album as McDonald has ever made" –Billboard

"one of the greatest singer-songwriters to ever sit at a piano" –SPIN

On Wide Open, McDonald…[is] digging deep into the core of these always-honest, sometimes-gritty, never-mannered songs and delivering them with sincerity, punch and heart." –Relix

“His singing is so specific, and it has so much depth…Michael is such a stark  example of staying honest and open in your music.” —Thundercat

McDonald recently celebrated the release of Wide Open with a performance for PBS’ “Soundstage.” He’s set to tour the U.S. in February and March before heading to select markets in Europe; see below for a complete list of tour dates.

Wide Open ollows 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.” Watch/share the performance of the track from Thundercat’s critically acclaimed new album Drunk at https://youtu.be/x8AgdI4eyFc. McDonald joined Thunrdercat during a surprise guest appearance at this year’s Coachella, as well; the Los Angeles Times hailed McDonald’s surprise appearance as one of the “10 best performances” at the festival, praising “McDonald’s silky keys over Thundercat’s undulating bass,” while The Guardian called it “a perfect moment in a set that contained slick highs” and Billboard noted, “Who thought that in 2017 65-year old Doobie Brothers singer Michael McDonald would bring down the house at Coachella?” Watch/share the performance via Pitchfork at http://bit.ly/2pt2ito.

In addition to his work with Thundercat, McDonald was also recently joined by Solange Knowles, Allen Stone, Lawrence and members of Snarky Puppy and Vulfpeck during his set at the Okeechobee Music Fest.

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.

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February 7 /// Tarrytown, NY /// Tarrytown Music Hall
February 9 /// Charles Town, WV /// Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races
February 10 /// Brookeville, NY /// Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
February 12 /// Rocky Mount, VA /// Harvester Performance Center
February 14 /// Tallahassee, FL /// Ruby Diamond Concert Hall at FSU
February 16 /// Daytona Beach, FL /// Peadbody Auditorium
February 17 /// Sarasota, FL /// Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
February 18 /// Fort Meyers, FL /// Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
February 20 /// Gainesville, FL /// Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
February 22 /// Cleveland, MS /// Bologna Performing Arts Center
February 23 /// Biloxi, MS /// IP Casino Resort & Spa
February 25 /// Birmingham, AL /// Alys Robinson Stephens PAC
February 27 /// Jacksonville, FL /// Florida Theatre
February 28 /// Key West, FL /// The Gates Hotel, Sunset Green Lawn
March 3 /// Fort Pierce, FL /// Sunrise Theatre
March 4 /// Fort Lauderdale, FL /// Parker Playhouse
March 11 /// Dublin, Ireland /// Vicar Street
March 12 /// Manchester, UK /// Manchester Apollo
March 13 /// Birmingham, UK /// Birmingham City Hall
March 15 /// London, UK /// Eventim Apollo
March 17 /// Randers, Denmark /// Vaerket
March 18 /// Copenhagen, Denmark /// Vega
March 20 /// Zurich, Switzerland /// Volkshaus
March 21 /// Paris, France /// Olympia
March 22 /// Amsterdam, Netherlands /// Carre Theatre
March 24 /// Staten Island, NY /// St. George Theatre Annual Gala