Miguel Jontel Pimentel (27) is an American recording artist, songwriter and producer.
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. At age 5, Miguel wanted to become a dancer. However, at 13 he began pursuing a career in music. At 14, he was writing songs and developing ideas with a four-track recorder he took from his uncle. In ninth grade, Miguel subsequently spent the rest of high school learning his way around a recording studio before seeking a record deal.
Miguel signed a production deal with Drop Squad in 2000. In 2004, he was signed by Black Ice, an independent record label, and started working on his studio album,[Young & Free. It was scheduled to be released on November 30, 2006, but was ultimately shelved. Black Ice released the single "Getcha Hands Up" with a video debut on BET’s music show, 106 & Park, but Miguel decided to change his sound and image and walked away from Black Ice records.
In November 2007, Miguel signed with Jive Records and recorded his debut album All I Want Is You. The album’s title track attained radio airplay, while Miguel toured as a supporting act for Trey Songz and Usher.
For the following three years, he 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 If U Leave.
After Jive was shut down and absorbed by RCA Records, Miguel was subsequently moved to RCA, and received a new marketing team. His second studio album, Kaleidoscope Dream, was released on October 2, 2012, to critical acclaim. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 – featuring the Grammy Award winning Adorn.