Kobalt Signs Grammy Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter-Keyboardist and Musical Legend Michael McDonald

New Deal Includes Administrative, Creative and Synch Services for the Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter’s Works Across the Globe

Kobalt announced that it had concluded a deal with legendary singer-songwriter and keyboardist Michael McDonald. The worldwide agreement includes administrative, creative and global synch services for all of McDonald’s catalogue and future works.

Said Kobalt Music Executive Vice President, Business Development, Merril Wasserman-Serling, “Having penned some of the most significant songs of the last fifty years, Michael’s catalogue is a treasure trove of hits. Michael continues to write and I’m certain that more great songs are on the horizon. It’s an honor to welcome him to the Kobalt family and look forward to working closely with him and his team.”

With a career that encompasses four decades, five Grammys and thirteen nominations, numerous chart successes, 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, Grizzly Bear, Jonnyswim and Thundercat.

Commenting on the partnership, McDonald said, “I’m very excited about my new affiliation with Kobalt Music Publishing. I look forward to working with Laurent Hubert, Merril Wasserman and the entire Kobalt team in the years ahead.”


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