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  • Miguel Jontel Pimentel, who performs under the mononym Miguel, is an American recording artist and producer
  • Miguel was born in the San Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles, California
  • He is one of two sons born to a Mexican father and a black 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 age 13, he began pursuing a career in music
  • Miguel first signed with a local record label Drop Squad in 2000, then signed with independent record label Black Ice in 2004
  • During this period, the labels had requested Miguel to make music similar to that of musical group B2K
  • 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 cites musicians Prince and Queen as his influences, while showing admiration for Stevie Wonder, John Lennon and Diane Warren
  • Miguel expressed his desire to have worked with James Brown, who he considers the "last innovator for me when it comes to soul"
  • In addition to singing, Miguel also plays the guitar

Hip Hop/RNB

All I Want Is You
Sure Thing


How Many Drinks (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

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