“‘All I Want Is You’ was the soundtrack of my relationships,” remarks the 27-year old singer Miguel, as he takes a methodical pause to deliberate his next thought. “‘Kaleidoscope Dream’ is the soundtrack of my life.”
It’s that off-centered and calculated precision that thrust Miguel into the mainstream in 2010 with the infectious first single “All I Want Is You,” from his major label debut album All I Want Is You (ByStorm/Jive Records). That song blended a stark hip-hop beat with Miguel’s creamy vocals to form a sound that was completely absent from the radio and established Miguel as one of the most unique and soulful voices in modern R&B. He continued to grow with "Sure Thing," which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Hip-Hop/R&B chart. With its bubble-pop drums and stunning vocal performance, it further showcased Miguel as an artist that has the angelic voice and songwriting chops to make luminaries proud while still possessing the mysterious, innate cool that modern listeners crave. He then quickly topped off his debut album with his third single "Quickie," which brilliantly flipped reggae into the sexiest sound on the radio and earned Miguel his second No. 1 hit.
But the man born Miguel Pimentel is not even close to being satisfied. His four-time Grammy® nominated sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream (ByStorm/RCA Records)-- which came on the heels of Art Dealer Chic, his self-released series of free EPs from early 2012 that drove the internet crazy -- is bigger and more encapsulating, with a scope and sound that pushes past the boundaries of R&B and challenges its listeners.
Extensive touring drove the album’s conception, and now Miguel has brought the power of his live performances to record. “I wrote most of my first album nearly five years ago in my bedroom, so by the time the public got to see me perform it, I had evolved so much in that time… with every show I molded the songs into where I wanted my next album to go,” comments Miguel. MORE...