Michael McDonald – This Christmas: A Soundstage Special Event
Monday, December 21 at 11:00 p.m. on WPBT2
With a career spanning nearly 30 years, Michael McDonald remains an enduring presence in popular music. He has enjoyed commercial and creative achievement, winning an impressive five Grammys, while earning innumerable chart successes, including the platinum-selling Motown. From his early work with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers to his solo career, McDonald’s matchless writing and singing lead on “Takin' It to the Streets,” “What a Fool Believes” and other timeless songs have made him a prominent part of the soundtrack to our times.
In this SOUNDSTAGE Christmas special, McDonald combines yuletide favorites such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “White Christmas” and the more modern Stevie Wonder Motown classic “That’s What Christmas Means to Me” with a few of his signature hits for a perfect blend of holiday cheer. McDonald’s soulful, throaty baritone infuses a unique vocal styling that adds the perfect twist to everyone’s holiday season!
Faith Hill, Joy To The World: A Soundstage Special Event
Thursday, December 24 at 8:00 p.m. on WPBT2
Hill’s extraordinary performance included songs from her entire album, including its first single, “A Baby Changes Everything.” Joined by a 31-person orchestra, led by esteemed conductor David Campbell, and a nine-person choir, Hill wowed the audience with her unique and powerful interpretations of timeless Christmas standards, including “Silent Night, “Little Drummer Boy,” “Holly Jolly Christmas” and other classics.
“We were honored that Faith chose SOUNDSTAGE to present her holiday album,” states Joe Thomas, SOUNDSTAGE producer/director. “SOUNDSTAGE prides itself on presenting unique performances and Faith’s show will certainly be one of our most memorable shows.”
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