Source: Felicia D. O’Garro
After opening up for Mary J. Blige’s “Music Saved My Life” tour, newcomer Miguel will have another opportunity to showcase tunes off his debut album, All I Want Is You, in front of thousands. The L.A. native will embark on a 25-city performance spree with Usher, beginning tonight in Seattle.
Miguel will set the stage before the “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” hitmaker greets his fans during the “OMG Tour,” which also features crooner Trey Songz. So how did the half-Mexican, half-black singer score the opportunity to perform with two veteran R&B charmers? “I was on the train coming from Washington, D.C. and Usher called and asked me to come on tour with him,” Miguel tells Rap-Up.com. “That’s my boy too, by the way. That’s my big bro.”
The 22-year-old singer-songwriter, who developed a relationship with Usher after writing for his Raymond v. Raymond and Here I Stand albums, respects the entertainer’s work ethic. “Usher is a beast and just doesn’t quit when he is in the studio,” Miguel shares. “We can go at it for about three to five hours, throwing out melodies and vocal ideas. So far we’ve done about six or seven songs together. He is one of the hardest working guys I know and [someone] that I look up to. With stage performances, I’ve learned from Usher that it’s all about repetition.”
In preparation for the grueling itinerary, Miguel sticks to a strict schedule. “I do lots of push-ups and jump rope,” he says with a laugh. “Nah, just playing about the push-ups. I try to rehearse everyday. When it comes to music, Usher and everybody else tells me the same thing: ‘Keep doing what I’m doing.’”
Longtime fans and newbies are guaranteed to be entertained with his J. Cole-assisted hit “All I Want Is You.” “It’s really my job to set the tone for the show,” Miguel reveals. “On tour, I like to pull my guitar out on stage and sing by myself. I get everyone warmed up for Usher and Trey Songz. People pay a lot of money, so I just want them to enjoy the show.”
–Felicia D. O’Garro
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Signature sound . | Reviewer: Kyra LaShawn | 9/28/11
When i first heard miguel my bestfriend & i are both poets & we were both engulfed with surprise when we listened to his lyrics in "surething" & both concluded he was singing about love , I must say he has a signature sound that i believe is gone be here for more than a season, he writing skills are colder than dry ice , I don't even buy whole albums to much anymore but i got his & it's the soundtrack to a lot of thoughts in my life , miguel you keep on doing what you do baby, cause i belive you got the stamia to indure this music industry ! You my surething lols!
Miguel | Reviewer: Fresh Wes | 7/15/11
Miguel is a very unique and skilled singer/song writer. I am a fan of his music because the songs he makes touches your emotions and stirs your feelings. Sadly, people dont really make that type of music anymore but Miguel does
stand out artist | Reviewer: Allison | 7/5/11
Miguel is a phenomenal new talent and I predict that he will be very, Verry successful in his music career. His song "sure thing" is addictive, the arrangement is symphonic,his voice is a mixture of Prince and Marvin Gaye. I can't wait to hear more from this young man...
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