2017 Michael McDonald – Wide Open

Wide Open is the nineth studio album from Michael McDonald, released in 2017. The first album after nine years.

Michael McDonald (born February 12, 1952) is an American singer, songwriter, keyboardist and record producer.

McDonald’s music career spans more than forty years. His early career included singing with Steely Dan. He joined The Doobie Brothers in 1976 and remained an integral member until 1982, after which he released the first of eight solo albums. During his career, he has collaborated with a number of other artists, including Kenny Loggins, David Cassidy, Van Halen, Patti LaBelle, The Winans, Aretha Franklin, Toto, Grizzly Bear, and Thundercat. He has also recorded for television and film soundtracks. During his career, McDonald has won five Grammy Awards.

Tracks

1Hail Mary (Michael McDonald)6:52
2Just Strong Enough (Michael McDonald, Gary  Nicholson)7:58
3Find It In Your Heart (Michael McDonald, John Goddwin)6:08
4Half Truth (Michael McDonald, Dylan McDonald, Grady Walker)5:41
5Ain’t No Good (Michael McDonald, John Goddwin)4:25
6Honest Emotion (Michael McDonald, John Goddwin, Charles Fichtel)5:31
7Blessing In Disguise (Michael McDonald, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Bernie Chiaravalle, John Peppard)5:56
8Dark Side (Michael McDonald)5:53
9If You Wanted To Hurt Me (Michael McDonald, Peter Leinheiser)5:14
10Beautiful Child (Michael McDonald, Bernie Chiaravalle, Chuck Sabatino)6:14
11Too Short (Michael McDonald, Russ Bono)5:22
12Free A Man (Richard Stekol)6:07

Media

Musicians

1 Hail Mary

BassCraig Young
DrumsShannon Forrest
GuitarMichael McDonald
PercussionShannon Forrest
OrganLarry Goldings
WurlitzerMichael McDonald
SaxMark Douthit
VocalsMichael McDonald
VocalsAmy Holland


2 Just Strong Enough

BassWillie Weeks
DrumsShannon Forrest
Guitar (solo)Robben Ford
GuitarWarren Haynes
PianoMichael McDonald
SaxWard Smith
SaxMark Douthit
SoussaphoneMatt Perrine
TromboneMark Mullins
TromboneBarry Green
TrumpetBobby Campo
TrumpetSteve Patrick
VocalsMichael McDonald


3 Find It In Your Heart

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsShannon Forrest
Drums (programming)Shannon Forrest
GuitarMike Landau
OrganLarry Goldings
SynthesizerTim Akers
FlugelhornMichael Leonhart
SaxTom Scott
TrumpetMichael Leonhart
PercussionShannon Forrest
VocalsMichael McDonald


4 Half Truth

BassLanice Morrison
DrumsShannon Forrest
Drums (programming)Shannon Forrest
Guitar (solo)Dann Huff
Guitar (solo)Mike Landau
GuitarSol Littlefield
12 String GuitarBernie Chiaravalle
WurlitzerMichael McDonald
SynthesizerJeff Roach
HarmonicaMichael McDonald
PercussionShannon Forrest
VocalsMichael McDonald


5 Ain’t No Good

BassTony Lucido
DrumsShannon Forrest
Guitar (solo)Mike Landau
Acoustic GuitarBernie Chiaravalle
OrganDavid Paich
SynthesizerDavid Paich
WurlitzerMichael McDonald
PercussionShannon Forrest
VocalsMichael McDonald


6 Honest Emotion

Bass (synthesizer)Shannon Forrest
DrumsShannon Forrest
Drums (programming)Shannon Forrest
Acoustic GuitarIlya Torshinski
Acoustic GuitarMichael McDonald
BanjoIlya Torshinski
MandolinIlya Torshinski
KeyboardsMichael McDonald
SynthesizerShannon Forrest
VocalsMichael McDonald


7 Blessing In Disguise

BassTommy Sims
DrumsShannon Forrest
Drums (programming)Shannon Forrest
GuitarMike Landau
GuitarDavid Levita
RhodesMichael McDonald
SynthesizerSteve Porcaro
SynthesizerMichael McDonald
SaxBranford Marsalis
PercussionShannon Forrest
VocalsMichael McDonald


8 Dark Side

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsShannon Forrest
Drums (programming)Shannon Forrest
GuitarDann Huff
GuitarIlya Torshinski
Acoustic GuitarDann Huff
Acoustic GuitarMichael McDonald
OrganLarry Goldings
PianoMichael McDonald
SynthesizerMichael McDonald
PercussionShannon Forrest
VocalsMichael McDonald


9 If You Wanted To Hurt Me

BassMarcus Miller
DrumsShannon Forrest
GuitarMike Landau
OrganDavid Paich
PianoMichael McDonald
WurlitzerMichael McDonald
SaxScott Mayo
SaxGeorge Shelby
TromboneAndrew Lippman
TrumpetHarry Kim
PercussionShannon Forrest
VocalsDrea Rhenee
VocalsMichael McDonald


10 Beautiful Child

BassCraig Young
DrumsShannon Forrest
Guitar (solo)Sol Littlefield
GuitarDavid Levita
GuitarMike Landau
Acoustic GuitarDanny Rader
Acoustic GuitarMichael McDonald
OrganDavid Paich
SynthesizerJeff Roach
WurlitzerMichael McDonald
PercussionShannon Forrest
VocalsMichael McDonald


11 Too Short

BassTommy Sims
DrumsShannon Forrest
GuitarMike Landau
GuitarDavid Levita
Acoustic GuitarDavid Levita
OrganDavid Paich
SaxMark Douthit
PercussionShannon Forrest


12 Free A Man

BassMichael Rhodes
DrumsShannon Forrest
Guitar (solo)David Levita
GuitarMike Landau
OrganLarry Goldings
RhodesMike Rojab
SaxScott Mayo
SaxGeorge Shelby
TromboneAndrew Lippman
TrumpetHarry Kim
PercussionShannon Forrest
VocalsMichael McDonald

Other Musicians

Conductor – Matt McCauley (Track 2)
Strings Performed By – Kris Wilkinson Strings (Track 2)

Liner Notes

Producer – Shannon Forrest, Michael McDonald
Producer (Assistant) – Kathy Walker
Arrangement (Horn) – Michael McDonald (Track 1)
Arrangement (Horn) – Mark Mullins (Track2)
Arrangement (Strings) – Matt McCauley (Track 2)
Arrangement (Strings) – Shannon Forrest (Track 6)
Arrangement (Strings) – Michael McDonald (Track 8)
Arrangement, additional (Strings) – Mark Douthit (Track 2)
Arrangement (Horn) – Michael Leonhart (Track 3)
Arrangement (Horn) – David Frank (Tracks 9, 12)
Arrangement (Sax) – Mark Douthit (Track 11)
Engineer (Additional) – Nathan Yarborough, Jarad Clement, Jasper Lemaster, Grady Walker
Mastered By – Bob Ludwig
Recorded & Mixed – Shannon Forrest

Art Direction, Package Design – Jordan Fann, Joel Hoffner, Jon Romero

Mastered at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland (ME)
Recorded & Mixed at Metal Building Studio, Nolensville (TN)