Today’s Artist: Raul Midón
How I Found Him:
I actually came upon this talented American singer-songwriter and guitarist via our very first Featured Fan, Bas D! I will admit that I’m surprised that Midón is not as well-known as he clearly deserves to be. This is what the Jukebox section is all about! Over the last 10 to 15 years or so my musical tastes have broadened considerably and am I glad! I would hate to think that I’d have missed out on the gem that is Midón’s music.
My Thoughts / Initial Impression:
Upon first listen I was utterly impressed by his unique, hybrid style. Midón offers up a heavy dose of funky R&B with some soulful Blues and Folk in there for good measure. I found myself mesmerized by his guitar playing. He works that guitar like his life depended on it, and maybe it does! The man is a guru of groove and the sometimes percussive flare in his delivery is such a breath of fresh air that you can’t help but smile and give in to it. Not only is Midón’s guitar playing exceptional, so is his voice. This man knows how to wrench every ounce of soulful emotion from his throat and bring it to your ears in a way that makes you stand up and take notice! He also produces vocal trumpet solos from time to time, too!
From His Wikipedia Entry:
Midón began his career as a session singer for numerous Latin recording artists including Shakira, Alejandro Sanz, Julio Iglesias and Jose Feliciano. After touring with Shakira, he set aside this career to pursue a solo career and moved to New York City. In New York City he focused completely on his solo career with the exception of working with producer and renowned DJ Little Louie Vega. He wrote and recorded several songs including “Cerca De Mi” with Louie and his production team under the band name “Elements of Life.” Elements of Life, led by Louie Vega toured Europe, Japan and Australia in 2003/2004.
Favorite Vid of His @ The Moment:
Releases To Date :
“Blind To Reality” 2001 self-released album
“Raul Midon Live EP” 2003 self released album
State of Mind (2005), Manhattan Records
A World Within a World (2007), Manhattan Records EMI
Synthesis (2009) Universal Decca