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Wed, 10.23.1985

Miguel, Blaxican Singer, and Actor born


*Miguel was born on this date in 1985. He is a Blaxican singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor.

Miguel Jontel Pimentel was raised in San Pedro, California. He is one of two sons of an African American mother and a Mexican American father. At a young age, Miguel was introduced to the older R&B his mother listened to and his father's musical tastes, including funk, hip hop, jazz, and classic rock. Miguel's parents divorced when he was eight; he began pursuing a music career at age thirteen.

In eleventh grade, Miguel was introduced by a friend to a member of the production company Drop Squad, and he subsequently spent the rest of high school learning his way around a recording studio before seeking a record deal. Miguel is also close to high school friends with rapper Blu, who lived in San Pedro. After signing to Jive Records in 2007, Miguel released his debut album, All I Want Is You, in November 2010. After Jive's dissolution in 2011, he moved to RCA Records and released his second studio album, Kaleidoscope Dream, in 2012, to critical acclaim.

In June 2015, Miguel released his third album, Wildheart, which received critical acclaim. His fourth studio album, War & Leisure, was released in 2017 to acclaim further. Miguel incorporates R&B, funk, hip-hop, pop, rock, and electronic styles into his music and has been compared to vocalists Babyface and Prince. He has said that Transcendental Meditation is the key to balancing his lifestyle: "It’s good to take a breath from everything and just center yourself. That is the best way of describing it." Miguel has been in a relationship with model Nazanin Mandi since 2005. In January 2016, it was announced that they were engaged. The couple married in Santa Susana, California, on November 24, 2018.

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