Grammy award winning singer, songwriter, and producer, Miguel, took over REVOLT Live on Monday evening, celebrating the release of his latest LP, “Wildfire.”
Miguel took a moment early in his set to address the crowd, expressing how truly honored he was to be able to perform for his people in his city. “It’s because of you that I can make music, and I just want to say I truly appreciate you all.” The adoring crowd of over 2,000 fans roared in reciprocity.
As a boy, Miguel listened to the eclectic musical interests of his parents which included funk, jazz, and R&B. Early on, Miguel began developing his dancing abilities, but by the age of 14, it was his vocal talent that would take precedence.
Miguel signed for several years with Black Ice Records, an independent record label, but walked away from the deal when he decided to change his look and sound. Black Ice subsequently sued for him for breach of contract, causing his debut album with Jive Records, All I Want is You, to be shelved for two years. Due to under-marketing by Jive, All I Want is You debuted at #106 on the Billboard 200 chart, gaining commercial popularity only after falling off of the chart completely. After ultimately peaking at #37, and spending 45 weeks on the chart, All I Want is You was followed by Grammy Award-nominated Kaleidoscope Dream in 2012, and Wildfire, which is already proving to be a smashing success.
Miguel treated the roaring crowd to performances of songs from his latest project, including “Waves,” “Coffee,” and “Face the Sun,” featuring Lenny Kravitz. He also sprinkled in a few hits from his catalog, “All I Want Is You,” and a captivating mashup of “How Many Drinks” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools.” Succumbing to the crowd’s chant for an encore performance, Miguel closed the show with a fan favorite, “Adorn.”
Miguel kicks of the first leg of his tour July 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas. Wildfire is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and other retailers.