Michael’s life and works have been dedicated to creating wonderful and timeless music. Now his efforts have been nominated for the prestigious award of being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2016.
He and Judy perform the song "Miracle River", which was written by Amy McDonald along with Bernie Chiaravalle and John Goodwin.
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) presents Michael McDonald with a special Gold & Platinum Award celebrating more than 26 million RIAA album and song certifications during his illustrious career as a highly acclaimed solo artist and for his works with The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan.
Michael and The Doobie Brothers were awarded the Voice of Music Award this past weekend at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards. They also reunited on stage at the ceremony to perform “Black Water” and “Takin It to the Streets” -
Read Billboard’s coverage of the evening here.
"Surrender", co-written by Amy, Bernie Chiaravalle and Jon Vezner with Tollak Ollstad on harmonica was originally from the highly acclaimed The Journey To Miracle album.
More than 900 graduates from 58 countries—the largest graduating class to date—received degrees today at Berklee's 2011 commencement, held at the Agganis Arena at Boston University. Berklee president Roger H. Brown presented honorary doctor of music degrees to soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples; rock, pop, and r&b vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Michael McDonald; renowned Cuban musicians Chucho Valdés and his father, Bebo Valdés; and jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Kenny Garrett. Garrett delivered the commencement address to the graduating class and an estimated crowd of more than 4,000 guests. (PHOTO BY PHIL FARNSWORTH)
After accepting his honorary doctorate, McDonald said, "To be among this graduating class, to see these kids, and to perform last night with such brilliant young musicians who have such finesse beyond their years is one of the most inspirational moments of my entire career. I want to thank Berklee for inspiring me in a way that I think will last me the rest of my life."
I don't often refer, or promote musical, cinematic or literary projects...(other than my own... Lol) to my friends who log on at this website. However when I'm really and truly moved by something I will use our humble platform to do just that.
In this case, a new musical project by a group called "The Avians" featuring leadsinger and chief composer Dylan McDonald.
Inspite of a long history not appreciating his father's musical advice very much, (those conversations almost never end well), Dylan and his band mates along with producer Richard Downs have made a formidable rock record.
Well all I can say is that the music is quite impressive in my opinion. The bands performances of the songs, the compositions most written by Dylan McDonald, except for a very cool ballad written by Daniel Demonico, are all worth a listen. The album is presently available on Itunes, Rhapsody and Napster. Soon to be available on Amazon .com
Also being somewhat privy to the as yet unreleased material I can truly say that there's a lot more where that came from. In fact watching the evolution of this group of young musicians as I have, from the sidelines for a few years now, I think I can say the best may be yet to come