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). 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) is bigger and more encapsulating, with a scope and sound that pushes past the boundaries of R&B and challenges its listeners.
Unlike most of his R&B brethren, Miguel doesn’t listen to the radio. Instead, he’s jamming Queen and the Rolling Stones. Tracks like “Don’t Look Back” and “Use Me,” with their stacked guitars and crashing drums, blow open the doors on the new Miguel, the one who is daring to meld arena rock and R&B like no one since Prince. It is undoubtedly a new direction, but one that Miguel’s fans have welcomed and eventually earned him a 2012 Soul Train Music Award for “Best R&B/Soul Male Artist.”
Miguel’s unwavering attitude and boundless talent has allowed him to constantly redefine himself and create his own genre simultaneously, as well extend his brand of music across the world – most notably as the supporting act on Alicia Keys’ “Set the World on Fire Tour.” “I’m really painting with a different brush and different colors,” he says. “But still having fun doing me, just being myself.”