Kenny Loggins’ gift for crafting deeply emotional music is unparalleled. In his remarkable four-decade-plus career, he’s had smash hits on Hollywood’s favorite soundtracks, rocked worldwide stages, and found his way into children’s hearts, bringing his smooth, beautiful voice to platinum albums in a stunning variety of genres.
Early in his career, he teamed up with Jim Messina to form the prolific recording and touring duo of Loggins and Messina, who released a studio album every year between 1971 and 1976.
Striking out on his own, Loggins delivered a series of hits. In the 1980s, he earned a new title: king of the movie soundtrack. He’s responsible for the cult classic Caddyshack’s smash “I’m Alright” and for the title song of the No. 1 blockbuster Footloose. For Tom Cruise’s Top Gun, he scored a track (“Playing With the Boys”) and performed the movie’s indelible hit “Danger Zone.”
Since 2010, Loggins has performed with a country trio, Blue Sky Riders, which features Nashville powerhouse Gary Burr and gifted vocalist and singer/songwriter Georgia Middleman. The group is currently working on their second album.
He’s got 12 platinum albums, a pair of Grammys, and hits on almost all the Billboard charts, but playing live has always been a key part of Loggins’ life.
“It’s an experience I don’t have anywhere else. It is time-travel,” he explains. “I make a connection with the audience that is special to me and unique in my life.”
Two notes. That’s all it takes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, it is one of the most yearningly emotive instruments of our time. Add to this formidable songwriting and keyboard skills, and you have an artist who has been a singular musical presence for four decades.
From 1970s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’” through two highly acclaimed Motown albums, genre-busting guest spots and innovative concept shows, the five-time Grammy Award-winning McDonald is both timeless and ever-evolving.
Invited to join Steely Dan after honing his skills as a session musician and singer, McDonald was an integral part of the group’s sound over the course of four classic albums, from “Katy Lied” to “Gaucho”.
In the mid-‘70s, McDonald joined The Doobie Brothers, helping the band redefine their funky R&B sound as a 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.”
His distinct vocal style also made him one of the world’s most sought-after session singers. Beyond his hits with The Doobies, McDonald has lent his voice to records by an A-to-Z of artists, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Vince Gill and Grizzly Bear.
McDonald continues to tour extensively as a solo artist, with symphonies and for altruistic events.