bergenPAC to Welcome Michael McDonald and Toto, 9/3
Michael McDonald belongs to an elite group of blue-eyed soul vocalists - Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, Daryl Hall - whose sound is recognizable after a mere two notes. Much like the members of Toto, McDonald was a sought after session player in Los Angeles in the Seventies. Aside from his hits with The Doobies as well as a solo artist, McDonald lent his voice to records by an A-Z of artists, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat, Joni Mitchell, Vince Gill, Grizzly Bear and Holy Ghost. Meanwhile, his solo career in the '80s and '90s zoomed from success to success on the wings of evergreen hits like "I Keep Forgettin'," "Sweet Freedom," "On My Own" (a duet with Patti LaBelle) and the Grammy-winning duet with James Ingram "Yah Mo B There."
Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of Toto. As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a HALF A BILLION albums. Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations.
With over 35 years together and thousands of credits and accolades to their names, Toto remains one of the top selling tour and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility.