Singer/songwriter and five-time Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald’s new holiday compilation, Season of Peace: The Christmas Collection, is out now via BMG. The album features McDonald’s most beloved Christmas recordings including “White Christmas/Winter Wonderland” (feat. Jonny Lang), “Oh Holy Night,” “Christmas on the Bayou” and “Children Go Where I Send Thee” (feat. Twinkie Clark), as well as a new version of “Winter Wonderland” featuring special guest Jake Shimabukuro. The album art hails from an original painting by McDonald himself; see below for a complete track list.

McDonald will tour North America throughout the winter, playing select songs from Season of Peace and much more, beginning November 21 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Before kicking off the holiday shows, McDonald is performing hits from throughout his storied career, as well as some of his favorite covers and selections from his most recent critically acclaimed album Wide Open (out now via BMG), during a rare, intimate solo residency at New York’s legendary Café Carlyle running from October 23 through November 3. Tickets are available via the Café Carlyle website as well as at https://bit.ly/2gHyyXt. See below for a complete list of dates.

McDonald’s most recent release Wide Open continues to receive extensive critical praise 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
“Michael McDonald is having a renaissance.”—Rolling Stone Hot Issue (November 16, 2017)

"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 celebrated the release of Wide Open with a pair of appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” performing the album track “Find It In Your Heart” as well as collaborating with Thundercat and Kenny Loggins on the trio’s hit single “Show You The Way” from Thundercat’s critically acclaimed LP Drunk. 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.

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.

For more information, please contact Samantha Tillman, Joe Cohen or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.

Season of Peace: The Christmas Collection

1. That’s What Christmas Means To Me
2. White Christmas/Winter Wonderland (feat. Jonny Lang)
3. Children Go Where I Send Thee (feat. Twinkie Clark)
4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
5. Wexford Carol (feat. Amy Holland)
6. Christmas On The Bayou
7. To Make A Miracle
8. Peace
9. Through the Many Winters
10. Every Time Christmas Comes Around
11. On Christmas Morning
12. World Out Of A Dream
13. Oh Holy Night
14. Winter Wonderland (feat. Jake Shimabukuro)
15. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas


* solo performance

October 23 /// New York, NY /// Café Carlyle*
October 24 /// New York, NY /// Café Carlyle*
October 25 /// New York, NY /// Café Carlyle*
October 26 /// New York, NY /// Café Carlyle*
October 27 /// New York, NY /// Café Carlyle*
October 30 /// New York, NY /// Café Carlyle*
October 31 /// New York, NY /// Café Carlyle*
November 1 /// New York, NY /// Café Carlyle*
November 2 /// New York, NY /// Café Carlyle*
November 3 /// New York, NY /// Café Carlyle*
November 21 /// Nashville, TN /// Ryman Auditorium
November 23 /// Clearwater, FL /// Capitol Theatre
November 24 /// Coconut Creek, FL /// Seminole Casino, The Pavilion
November 27 /// Fayetteville, NC /// Crown Theatre
November 28 /// Charlotte, NC /// Levine Center for the Arts
November 30 /// Bensalem, PA /// Parx Casino, XCite Center
December 1 /// Wilmington, DE /// The Grand Opera House Gala
December 2 /// Peekskill, NY /// Paramount Hudson Valley Theater
December 5 /// Plymouth, MA /// Plymouth Memorial Hall
December 6 /// Worcester, MA /// Hanover Theatre
December 8 /// Van Wert, OH /// Niswonger Performing Arts Center
December 9 /// Champaign, IL /// Virginia Theatre
December 12 /// Tiffin, OH /// The Ritz Theatre
December 13 /// Youngstown, OH /// Stambaugh Auditorium
December 15 /// Waukegan, IL /// Genesee Theatre
December 16 /// Springfield, MO /// Gillioz Theatre
December 18 /// Orange, TX /// Lutcher Theater
December 20 /// Catoosa, OK /// Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (The Joint)
December 21 /// Norman, OK /// Riverwind Casino, Showplace Theatre