Hugely known as a prominent member of the bands ‘Steely Dan’ and ‘The Doobie Brothers,’ Michael McDonald is the man who gave a whole new definition to pop/rock music in the late 1970s. The singer is particularly known for his husky and soulful voice. However, he is retired now. So today, let’s have an overview of his career, achievements, personal life, and his total net worth in 2019.
Born on February 12, 1952, in Ferguson, Missouri, Michael McDonald is an American singer and songwriter. Michael belongs to an Irish American Catholic family and white ethnicity. Michael was interested in music since his childhood. While attending the high school at McCluer High School, he performed on many small stages. After completing his high school, he didn’t continue his study rather stepped into the music. At the age of 18, he moved to Los Angeles to give his dreams the wings.
Speaking of his personal life, Michael is an ideal family man. He fell in love with his contemporary singer Amy Holland. The couple got married in 1983 and ever since they have been together. They have two children named Dylan and Scarlett who were born in 1987 and 1991 respectively.
Michael moved to Los Angeles as a teenager to pursue his career in music. Initially, he worked off-screen writing the songs for other artists and also worked as a studio musician. He had to bang his head against the wall for almost 5 years before joining the band ‘Steely Dan’ in 1975. He was taken in the group as a background singer and a keyboardist.
Meanwhile, another band ‘The Doobie Brothers’ needed a temporary and urgent replacement of one of its members, so it turned to Michael with an offer. Michael said yes to the offer and impressed the team members immensely. As a result, they asked him to join as a lead singer on the permanent basis. This was when his career got the first kick. He sang some award-winning songs such as ‘What a Fool Believes’ and ‘It Keeps You Runnin’ for the group.
When his popularity was touching the sky, ‘The Doobie Brothers’ disbanded all of a sudden during the early 1980s. However, it didn’t affect his career. He continued his career as a solo artist and also collaborated with other artists. In 1982, he released his first solo album titled ‘If that’s what it takes’ which happened to be a smash hit. Next year, he came together with James Ingram and gave an award-winning single hit. Over his entire career, he worked with many famous musicians and enjoyed superstar status.
Awards & achievements
The versatile singer is the recipient of Grammy Awards. His song ‘What a Fool Believes’ bagged 3 Grammy Awards earning him the Grammy award for the song of the year. Other than this, he also won two more Grammy Awards. Not only this, but he was also honored with a degree of Honorary Doctorate in 2011 by Berklee College of Music.
Net worth of Michael McDonald
Michael McDonald was one of the best and most demanded singers of his time. During the late 1900s, he was the ruling king of pop/rock. He was not popular only as a singer but also as a songwriter and the vocalist who lent his voice to other songs. With the fact, you can assume his net worth. His 4-decade-long career has certainly made him a great deal of money. As of now, the legendary singer is estimated to have a whopping net worth of $45 million. He was last seen in glamour world in 2010, and after that, he has been away from the industry. Still, he has such huge net worth.
For some people, success and money are what that matter the most, and once they have achieved the both, they forget the others, but Michael McDonald is a kind-hearted person. He is involved in many humanitarian works.