Scroll to bottom of this post to see and hear Guitarist/Singer Raul Midon play “Everybody” and “Peace on Earth” during his 2007 set at TED.
Guitarist and singer Raul Midon blends flamenco, jazz and R&B to create a category-defying sound. His life story is as inspiring as his musical vision.
Why you should listen
Raul Midon is into beating the odds, shattering stereotypes, and making category-defying music. “I was told as a child, ‘You’re blind; you can’t do this,'” Midon told an interviewer in 2005. “I was told when I moved to New York, ‘You can’t do that, you’re not going to make it.'” At 40, however, Midon has clearly made it.
After singing backup vocals for stars like Shakira, Julio Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera, Midon released his major-label solo debut, State of Mind, with help from guest artist Jason Mraz. Midon’s innovative songwriting incorporates his lyrics, guitar handiwork (jazz, classical, flamenco, R&B) and “vocal trumpet” improvisation. Though he draws comparisons to Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and Richie Havens, Midon is the rare original in an industry of few.
His latest album is A World Within a World.
What others say
“There are times when you’re reminded of a sweet-voiced Ray Charles, or Nat ‘King’ Cole, but everything about Midon reveals a strong, individual and totally musical mind at work.”— The Guardian UK
RAUL MIDON: “PEACE ON EARTH”
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.