Name: Miguel Jontel Pimentel
Birthday: October 23, 1985
Fav Dish: Pizza
Miguel Jontel Pimentel (born October 23, 1985), better known as Miguel, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. Raised in Los Angeles, he began creating music at age thirteen.
Miguel was born and raised in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California. He is one of two sons born to a Mexican American father and an African American mother. Miguel’s parents divorced when he was eight years old. At a young age, Miguel was introduced to the older R&B his mother listened to, and his father’s musical tastes, including funk, hip hop, jazz and classic rock.
At age five, Miguel wanted to become a dancer. However, at 13 he began pursuing a career in music. At 14, he was writing songs and developing ideas with a four-track recorder he took from his uncle. In ninth grade, Miguel was introduced by a friend to a member of production company Drop Squad, and he subsequently spent the rest of high school learning his way around a recording studio before seeking a record deal. Miguel is also close high school friends with rapper Blu, who also lived in San Pedro.
After signing to Jive Records in 2007, Miguel released his debut studio album, All I Want Is You, in November 2010. Although it was underpromoted upon its release, the album became a sleeper hit and helped Miguel garner commercial standing.
After Jive’s dissolution in 2011, he moved to RCA Records and released his second studio album, Kaleidoscope Dream in 2012 to critical acclaim. On June 29, 2015, Miguel released his third studio album, Wildheart, which also received universal critical acclaim. Miguel incorporates R&B, funk, hip hop, rock and electronic styles into his music, and has been compared to vocalists Babyface and Prince.
Miguel identifies himself as part of the new wave of R&B artists that include Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and Elle Varner. About.com editor Mark Edward Nero characterizes his music as “eclectic, artsy R&B-pop”.Miguel cites musicians Prince, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury, Phil Collins, Donny Hathaway, The Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West, Saul Williams, Queen, Usher and Pharrell Williams as influences
Miguel cites musicians Prince, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury, Phil Collins, Donny Hathaway, The Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West, Saul Williams, Queen, Usher and Pharrell Williams as 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.
Miguel incorporates R&B, funk, hip hop, rock and electronic styles 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. His vocals are influenced by classic rock bands such as The Beatles, Queen, The Police and Def Leppard. Brian McManus of The Village Voice writes that “[Marvin] Gaye, Prince, and (his comparison) Van Morrison all linger in his voice.”
Miguel has said that Transcendental Meditation is the key to balancing his lifestyle: “It’s good to take a breath from everything and just center yourself. That is the best way of describing it.”
Miguel has been in a relationship with model Nazanin Mandi since 2005. In January 2016, it was announced that they are engaged.