“There’s a lot of beautiful women in here.” 27-year old Grammy-winning R&B superstar and Los Angeles-native Miguel Jontel Pimentel went from releasing sleeper hits to hits that listeners probably won’t be sleeping to—if they ever make it the bedroom, that is.
With well-crafted music that drips gorgeously thanks to his honey-toned vocals and electrically-charged eroticism that would make Prince blush, Miguel shines a sultry sonic beacon on the music industry, all of it hidden behind a shy smile and killer style.
“I’m going to let you all get it all out of your system. Go ahead,” announces AMP Radio’s Michelle while women throughout the audience scream and reply back to everything Miguel does and says.
The crowd wouldn’t stop cooing as he performed songs like “Strawberry Amazing,” “Sure Thing,” and his Grammy-awarded Best R&B Song of the Year, “Adorn.”
When Michelle asks Miguel about what artists he would love to collaborate with, the sexy singer who grew up listening to classic rock thanks to the influence of his father names off heavyweights like Jack White, Florence Welch, and Kanye West.
One girl in the audience screams repeatedly, “Collaborate with me!” before she gets Miguel’s attention. With a coy smile, the witty musician retorted,” How so?”
“They have a lot of plans for you. They have you booked up,” laughed Michelle.
There’s a lot of ways the women at the Red Bull Sound Space at AMP Radio would love to have a meeting of “minds” with Miguel, but part of his recent wave of success has come from more professional endeavors.
He’s collaborated with the likes of Wiz Khalifa, who Miguel repeatedly calls “cool. ” He’s also riding high on the sincerely appreciative announcement of musical peers like Kelly Clarkson after his amazing set at the Grammy Awards.
Miguel performed at the Grammy Awards after learning earlier he had won a Grammy. Afterwards, he not only earned the “genuine” respect of Clarkson, but stayed up two days partying with his friends and family in celebration of his achievement.
His fans were also on his mind; Miguel says the “life-changing” experience couldn’t have happened without his fans.
“It couldn’t have happened without the love and support of everyone because it started out as an underground thing,” said Miguel, referring to his years of making music and flying under the radar. “It is just really incredible and definitely the whole year kind of flashed before my eyes.”
Sort of like a Kaleidoscope Dream–which is the name of his album out now on RCA Records.
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles