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Multihyphenate MC/singer and MTV PUSH Artist of the Week Miguel may seem like an overnight sensation, but his star’s been steadily rising pretty much since birth. After penning his first song at age 8, the Los Angeles native signed his first production deal at 13. Now, at age 24, with the recent release of his debut album All I Want Is You, the man who wrote Mary J. Blige and Musiq’s “If U Leave” and cowrote Usher’s Raymond v. Raymond is very much ready for his close-up.
When he wasn’t touring with Mary J. Blige and Usher on their “Music Saved My Life” and “OMG” tours, respectively, the eclectic songwriter was busy working on All I Want Is You, a diverse album rooted in R&B and hip-hop, thoughtfully laced with elements of classic rock, funk and electro.
We’ve got a bunch of interviews and videos to get you familiar with the up-and-coming star. In the first video, Miguel discusses his definition of success, how L.A.’s Venice Beach can be inspirational and how he almost didn’t share “Sure Thing,” his first single, with anyone else.
We’ve also got an exclusive interview where Miguel explains why it took so long for his debut album to come out, what it was like working with MC J. Cole and super-producer Salaam Remi, and how Queen’s Freddie Mercury became one of his biggest influences.
Miguel also explains how he’s encouraged by feedback from both mentors and fans, what he means when he describes his music as “eclectric” and how he’s so focused on being the best “me that I can be” that finding love’s going to have to wait for a while. “Right now, I’m enjoying my quickies here and there,” adds the singer. We just assumed that, man.
When you’re all caught up, check out the official videos for “Sure Thing” and “All I Want Is You” below.