Born & Raised:
Full name: Miguel Jontel Pimentel.
Born: Oct. 23, 1986 in Los Angeles. Raised in San Pedro, California.
Miguel was born in Los Angeles, the son of a Latino man and an African American woman. He was raised in San Pedro, a predominantly middle class Hispanic area of southwest L.A. He and his younger brother Nicholas both developed a passion for music early in life, partially due to their father, who was an amateur musician and a fan of many different types of music; and their mother, who had a great love for classic R&B. At age 5, Miguel decided he wanted to follow in the footsteps of Michael Jackson and become a dancer. Although his parents divorced when he was 8, Miguel continued to develop his passion for performing, and began to seriously pursue a career as a singer in her early teens. From ages 13 to 18, Miguel worked with a local production duo called Drop Squad.
In 2004, at the age of 17, Miguel signed a contract with indie record label Black Ice. Over the next couple of years, he developed his music and songwriting abilities before deciding to walk away from his recording contract after being asked to modify his music to sound more like B2K, a boy band that was hot at the time. In November 2005 he signed with Jive Records, and began contributing songs he wrote to other artists on the label, including Usher and Musiq Soulchild. He was also sued by the Black Ice label for breach of contract; the suit was settled in 2010. In May of that year, Miguel's debut single, "All I Want is You" was released, featuring the rapper J. Cole. His debut album,also titled All I Want is You, was released by Jive in November 2010, and generated three singles that reached the top 10 on the R&B songs chart in 2010 and 2011.
In addition to singing, Miguel also has written songs for Usher, Jaheim and other performers. He also has produced music in the past, including his 2012 series of Art Dealer Chic EPs, and can play the guitar. His brother Nicholas is a producer and aspiring hip-hop artist.
"Music is my passion, but it's a stepping-stone to (stabilize) my family. So now, hopefully wherever music takes me —- if its Broadway or writing screenplays or acting, I think I'm going to follow the arts. So, wherever the art takes me, that's where I'm going." -- Miguel to madamnoire.com in June 2010 regarding where he sees himself being in 10 years.
2012: Art Dealer Chic, vols. 1-3 (free digital EPs).
2010: All I Want is You.