We are eager to listen to it... Michael McDonald new album would be entitled "Soul Speak" and the date of the release in The States is March 11, 2008 on Universal Music Group and more specifically on Motown Records (the third Michael McDonald LP on Motown Records). The first single will be a cover version of "Walk On By" planned to be released on January 15, 2008 in The USA. Michael Donald "Soul Speak" album will feature cover versions of the Rock and R'n'B and 3 new songs.
Like a beautiful Christmas gift, Michael McDonald has released 2 new songs on December 25, 2007 (Merry Christmas!) : "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher" (originally from Jackie Wilson) to listen to and to download from Amazon.com and "Love T.K.O." (Teddy Pendergrass cover version) also to listen to and to download from Amazon.com.
The standard "Walk On By" (originally songwritten by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for Dionne Warwirck can be listen to and preorder on Amazon.com NOW.
Here is a list of Michael McDonald cover versions on Michael McDonald "Soul Speak" album: Van Morrison "Into the Mystic" ; Stevie Wonder "For Once in My Life" ; Ray Charles "You Don't Know Me", un cover de "Hallelujah" (Leonard Cohen), "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher" (Jackie Wilson), "Walk On By" (Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Dionne Warwick), "Love T.K.O." (Teddy Pendergrass) and 3 new songs.
Some of the songs of Michael McDonald new album have been recorded in Los Angeles with Simon Climie as a producer. A few musicians who contribute to Michael McDonald new album: Michael Thompson (guitars), Abraham Laboriel Jr (drums), Vinnie Colaiuta (percussions) and Stevie Wonder (harmonica).
Please also note that Michael McDonald is number 20 in the Smooth Jazz charts in The USA with the cover version of "You Belong to Me" with Chaka Khan as a duet feat. on Chaka Khan new album "Funk This" released in September 2007.