Soul Speak is the natural follow-up to McDonald's two smash explorations of the Motown Records songbook. 'These songs span my life. They're the ones where I can remember where I was when I first heard them, the ones that made me interested in becoming a recording artist, the songs I'd always imagined myself singing.' says Michael. The creator of such hits as 'I Keep Forgettin'', the Grammyr winning 'Yah Mo Be There', and the Number One pop single 'On My Own', McDonald isn't afraid to challenge expectations, even when others advise against it. McDonald has been a fixture in American pop music for over three decades. Emerging out of the local scene in his hometown of St. Louis, he was part of Steely Dan's touring band in the early 1970s. While working with Steely Dan, McDonald also joined the Doobie Brothers.