Miguel (singer)

American R&B singer

Miguel Jontel Pimentel (born 23 October 1985), who performs under the mononym Miguel, is an American alternative R&B artist and producer. Signed to Jive Records in 2007, his debut album All I Want Is You was released in February 2011. The album was preceded by the release of the single "All I Want Is You", featuring rapper J. Cole.

Miguel Jontel Pimentel

(1985-10-23) October 23, 1985 (age 38)
Other names
  • Miguel Jontel
  • Jontel Johnson[2]
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Years active2000–present
Agent(s)Mark Pitts
Wayne Barrow
(m. 2018; sep. 2022)
AwardsFull list
Musical career

Life and career


Early life


Miguel Jontel Pimentel was born in the San Pedro neighbourhood of Los Angeles, California.[5][6] He is one of two children born to a Mexican father and a black mother.[6] Miguel's parents divorced when was eight years old.[7] At a young age, Miguel listened to classic rock, hip hop, funk and rhythm and blues.[6] At the age of 13, he began to pursue a career in music.[6]

Career beginnings and All I Want Is You


Miguel was first signed to a local record label Drop Squad in 2000, then signed to independent record label Black Ice in 2004. During this period, Miguel had been asked to make music similar to music group B2K.[8] For nearly a year, Miguel's manager at the time submitted various songs to music mogul Mark Pitts; After receiving a song titled "Sure Thing", which Miguel described as a "highly personal...record that no one was ever supposed to hear", Pitts scheduled a meeting with Miguel in October 2007. The following month, Miguel signed a recording contract with Jive Records.[7][8] Miguel recalled that his contract signing took place in a "very small room in a very small office in a small corner of the building at Jive".[9] Since then, he has contributed to Usher's Here I Stand and Raymond v. Raymond, as well as Asher Roth's Asleep in the Bread Aisle and Musiq Soulchild's "IfULeave".[10][11]

Miguel released his debut single titled "All I Want Is You", which features J. Cole and was produced by Salaam Remi.[12] Miguel's debut album, All I Want Is You, was released in February 2011.[13]


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  3. Carley, Brennan (August 22, 2012). "Frank Ocean, Miguel, and Holy Other Usher in PBR&B 2.0". Spin. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  4. "Check Out: six tracks from Miguel's "Kaleidoscope Dream"". Pretty Much Amazing. Archived from the original on October 4, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  5. Garraud, Tracy. "R&B Rude Boy". Vibe. Vibe Media Group. Retrieved August 27, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Kwateng, Danielle (June 24, 2010). "Interviews: Miguel Makes Beautiful Music". Madame Noire. pp. 1–3. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Horne, Adam (Jun 7, 2010). "Miguel Builds Industry Buzz with Genre-Defying Sound". The Boombox. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  8. 8.0 8.1 San Miguel, Celia. "Show & Prove". XXL. Harris Publications. Retrieved August 27, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  9. Catarinella, Alex (August 19, 2010). "Less Is More". Paper. Paper Publishing Company. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  10. "Miguel (The Eclectric)". Right On!. Retrieved August 27, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  11. Perry, Clayton (July 2, 2010). "Miguel Jontel: Singer, Songwriter and Producer". AllHipHop. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  12. Reid, Shaheem. "Miguel Hopes to Get on 'All I Want Is You' Partner J. Cole's Album". MTV News. Archived from the original on August 14, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  13. Rodriguez, Jayson (August 24, 2010). "Miguel Wants to Push the 'Boundaries' of R&B". MTV News. Archived from the original on August 27, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2010.