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Pop / Rock 24/08/2009


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New York (Top40 Charts/ QVC) - While Christmas may be months away, five-time GRAMMY Award-winner Michael McDonald is helping fans get into the spirit a bit earlier this year as he debuts his new holiday album, This Christmas, on QVC Tuesday, August 25 at 9 PM (ET).

Known for his unmistakable vocal stylings, McDonald is scheduled to perform a selection of songs from This Christmas during a special QVC Presents Q Sessions Live Featuring Michael McDonald broadcast. He will also offer shoppers the opportunity to order his much-anticipated new release featuring 12 yuletide classics, which has been specially packaged for QVC with a five-track bonus disc, more than a month before street date.

'For decades Michael McDonald's music has provided the soundtrack to many of our lives,' said Rich Yoegel, director of merchandising for QVC. 'Now, thanks to his latest release, he'll also be helping to shape our holiday memories as well. This is one CD that fans will not want to miss.'

Featuring McDonald's twist on classic holiday favorites, This Christmas offers fans a mix of songs that range from traditional with 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' and 'White Christmas' to the modern with McDonald's versions of the Stevie Wonder Motown hit 'What Christmas Means to Me' and the Donny Hathaway soul sensation 'This Christmas'. The album also includes a special duet on 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' with his 17-year-old daughter Scarlett.

This Christmas marks his 16th solo studio album in his nearly 30-year career. An enduring presence in popular music, he has enjoyed tremendous commercial and creative success, winning an impressive five Grammys and innumerable chart successes, and sales feats. From his early work with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, McDonald's writing and singing lead on songs, including "Takin' It to the Streets," "What a Fool Believes," "Minute by Minute," and other signature songs, have made him a prominent part of the soundtrack of the times. His solo career includes such hits as 'Sweet Freedom,' "Yah Mo B There" "On My Own" with Patti LaBelle (which reached No 1 on the Pop and R&B charts and No 3 on the AC charts), "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)' (reached the top 5 on the Pop charts and the top 10 on both the R&B and AC charts), as well as his platinum selling Motown releases with the hit of the cover 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough.' Every release highlights the wide breadth of his career and an almost matchless consistency through years of recording and performing.

This Christmas will be available starting August 25 through QVC at 1.800.345.1515 or, while supplies last.

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