Miguel releases a new video for his new track with an old school feel entitled ADORN. Director Jason Beattie took us back with the leather jacket, cheerleaders, smokey hallways and girls with net scarves over their faces. By the end of th video you will feel as though you’ve been transformed back into a 1980’s Prince video. The song is dope and the video does it justice. I love Miguel. His song with Wale “Lotus Flower Bomb” is constantly on my playlist. His debut album should have won a Grammy last year, it was in my opinion, one of the best of the year. If you don’t know, now you know that Miguel is a CNikky Artist on The Rise. Here is a little background on the young R&B star according to VEVO:
Miguel Jontel Pimentel, (born October 23, 1986), who performs under the mononym Miguel, is an American recording artist, songwriter and producer. Signed to Jive Records in 2007, Miguel released his debut album, All I Want Is You, in November 2010. The album was preceded by the release of the single “All I Want Is You”, featuring rapper J. Cole.
Life and career: Early life: Miguel Jontel Pimentel was born in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California. He is one of two sons born to a Mexican father and an African American mother. Miguel’s parents divorced when he was eight years old. At a young age, Miguel listened to classic rock, hip hop, funk and rhythm and blues. At the age of 5, Miguel originally wanted to become a dancer, inspired by Michael Jackson. At age 13, he began pursuing a career in music. Inspired by his high school sweet heart Nylah Sirmans, he pursued his music career. During this period, Miguel worked with Kirven “DJ Curv ” Arrington to make music similar to that of Usher. Black Ice began to release the single “Getcha Hands Up” with a video debut on 106 and park. Miguel decided to change his sound / image and walked away from Black Ice records. For nearly a year, Miguel’s manager at the time submitted several songs to music mogul Mark Pitts; after receiving a song titled “Sure Thing”–which Miguel described as a “highly personal…record that no one was ever supposed to hear”–Pitts scheduled a meeting with Miguel in October 2007. The following month, Miguel signed a recording contract with Jive Records. Miguel recalled that the signing his contract took place in a “very small room in a very small office in a small corner of the building at Jive”. Miguel was subsequently sued by Black Ice for breach of contract. For the following three years, he contributed to Usher’s Here I Stand and Raymond v. Raymond, as well as Asher Roth’s Asleep in the Bread Aisle and Musiq Soulchild’s “IfULeave”. Miguel also released Mischief: The Mixtape; he explained that the title referred to his attempt to “tell people that there is an alternative to getting sort of the same thing”. The lawsuit was settled in 2010.
All I Want Is You: After making his contribution to Usher’s Raymond v. Raymond, a song named “Let’s Just Be” written by Ne-Yo, in 2010, Miguel released his debut single titled “All I Want Is You”, which features J. Cole and was produced by Salaam Remi. It is the lead single from his debut album of the same title. He released the next single “Sure Thing” which reached number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Art Dealer Chic/Kaleidoscope Dream: Now, the Los Angeles-born artist has revealed he will be releasing sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dreams in three parts, starting with two new digital EPs, all via Bystorm/RCA Records. His second studio album entitled Kaleidoscope Dream, will be released on October 2, 2012. The album will release in three parts, the first Ep Kaleidoscope Dream: The Water Preview will be released on July 31, 2012, and the second Ep Kaleidoscope Dream:The Air Preview will be released on September 11, 2012. They both will contain 3 tracks & the album will included all six songs from the Ep’s. Musical style: Miguel cites musicians Prince, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury, Phil Collins, Donny Hathaway, The Notorious B.I.G. and Kanye West, as well as the band Queen as his influences, in addition to expressing his admiration for Stevie Wonder, John Lennon and Diane Warren. Miguel revealed his desire to have worked with James Brown, whom he considers the “last innovator for me when it comes to soul”. In addition to singing, Miguel also plays the guitar. He incorporates R&B, funk, hip hop, rock and electronic into his music. Miguel described his sound as “nostalgic in a sense that it’s familiar… it’s shocking, edgy, energizing”. In an interview with Paper magazine, he regarded his music as “fly, funkadelic, intergalactic-hip-hop-meets-sexy-orgasmic crazy, dope shit”. Miguel is often compared to Babyface and Prince.
Check out his new video below: