Miguel’s Biracial Roots Influence His Music

Singer Miguel, musical genius of soultry sounds, has been described as a modern Prince — we’re hoping he doesn’t have symbol-as-a-name phase. And just like Prince, his music has hypnotized music lovers all over the world, especially in his native Los Angeles, where he grew up in a half Mexican, half African-American family.

His music is a combination of new-age rock and R&B with touches of 80s sounds. His voice is silky and sultry, and mellow in all the right places, like when he sings “Simple Things” or the ultra sexual tune “FLESH.” With this last one, it’s almost as if he’s taking our clothes off with his voice… which we don’t mind… at all. We digress.

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Recently, he delighted a small audience as part of KCRW’s music series Apogee Sessions with host Garth Trinidad. Besides singing songs from Wildheart, he talked about his favorite song in his new album, “What’s Normal Anyway,” and how his biracial life influences his music.

“Being or feeling out of place, in an odd way, frees you to pick and choose where you want to be… I feel like it has emancipated me to say what I feel and say what I want in my music”, he said. You do you, Miguel.

Watch and enjoy Miguel’s full concert and interview with KCRW here.

Watch Miguel’s Live Performance of “Adorn” Below: