Though comfortable onstage, Michael McDonald has never been a flashy entertainer, nor has he been distracted by passing trends. Instead, he has triumphed through his music alone — and has five Grammys to prove it.
McDonald will entertain local audiences when he takes the stage at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Show time is 7:30 p.m.
Tickets range from $50 to $60 each.
Known equally for his benevolence as his musical prowess and successes, McDonald has lent his talents and energies to a long, varied list of charitable causes throughout the first three decades of his career and he has contributed an overwhelming amount to numerous benevolent events and enterprises.
McDonald’s recent appearances have included a tsunami relief concert sponsored by The Wave in Los Angeles; TJ Martell’s Stevie Wonder tribute; NARAS/MusiCares’ tribute to Brian Wilson in 2005 and its 2007 tribute to Don Henley; Morehouse College’s tribute to Ray Charles; a fundraiser for Stax Museum; and shows for The Little Sisters of the Poor in San Pedro, Calif., and the Sisters of Mercy in Oakland, Calif.
McDonald also participated in the 7-UP Grammy Signature Schools Program and painted a Gibson Les Paul guitar for a NARAS/MusiCares auction. McDonald was recently honored at the WHY-Chapin awards dinner with the prestigious ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award for both his musical career and his vast charitable endeavors.
He continues his fundraising efforts, actively working with WHY’s Artists Against Hunger and Poverty Program.
His matchless and prolific consistency through more than 25 years of recording and performing was celebrated in August 2005 by Warner Brothers, which released “Michael McDonald: The Ultimate Collection,” highlighting the wide breadth of his career from his days with The Doobie Brothers to his solo hits to his version of the Motown favorite “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
McDonald recorded a 2005 holiday CD, “Through the Many Winters,” that was recorded specifically for Hallmark Cards and sold exclusively through Hallmark Gold Crown stores. This collection of traditional and original holiday songs was certified gold within two weeks of the album’s release.
To order tickets to McDonald’s concert in Greeneville, call NPAC’s box office at (423) 638-1679 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.