The Voice season 29 has brought on four Battle Rounds advisors, and John Legend’s team will be helped by none other than R&B sensation Miguel.
The Voice season 29 has brought on four Battle Rounds advisors, and John Legend’s team will be helped by none other than R&B sensation Miguel. As the show gears up for the Battles in the next few episodes, the contestants will certainly appreciate all the help they can get.
This season of The Voice is filled with powerhouse voices and jaw-dropping notes, but the four coaches recently had to dwindle down their teams. Kelly Clarkson paired up Desz and Joseph Soul, and Desz took the win, leaving Joseph open to a surprise save by Gwen Stefani. On Blake Shelton’s team, he put Jim Ranger and John Sullivan against each other in a daring Battle where Jim took the crown. In turn, John Legend leaned heavily on his season 29 advisor Miguel in order to help his team. In John Legend’s case, the Battle was between John Holiday and Julia Cooper. John Holliday pulled through as the winner, but coach John Legend saved Julia in the nick of time. Clearly, Legend used the rock-solid advice of his mentor, Miguel, but what musical experience has shaped this Los Angeles born musician?
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R&B singer and The Voice celebrity advisor Miguel was born on October 23, 1985 to a Mexican-American father and an African-American mother. Both of his parents had an affinity for music. As such, Miguel grew up being introduced to several different forms of music at an early age and thought that he would go on to become a dancer. His parents divorced when he was eight, which was when Miguel switched his focus to singing and songwriting. He signed his first contract in 2004 at just 19 years old with Black Ice, hoping to hit the charts with his own musical style. However, after his single “Getcha Hands Up” was released, the label wanted him to line up his style with other popular artists, so Miguel walked away from the deal.
Unfortunately, Miguel was sued for breach of contract by Black Ice when he tried to produce his debut album, All I Want Is You, three years later with Jive Records. He had to wait three years until the album could be released, and when the album did drop, it wasn’t the chart-topping musical phenomenon that Miguel hoped it would be. Nonetheless, he was able to work with stars like Usher, Musiq Soulchild, and Asher Roth even during all his legal troubles. After his debut studio album was released, he went on tour with Trey Songz and Usher as an opening act, which means that he was networking with famous stars and expanding his fanbase. Some of his songs that reached the top spots on Billboard was “Sure Thing”, peaking at #1, and “Quickie”, which hit #3. The biggest breakthrough in Miguel’s career came when he released the Kaleidoscope Dream album in 2012, which reached #3 on the Billboard 200 charts. Subsequently, his single “Adorn” hit #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart and went on to win him a Grammy for Best R&B Song. His third album, Wildheart, was released in June 2015, pushing the boundaries of R&B music with its rich instrumentation.
Miguel’s career has certainly seen both good and bad days. In any case, his experiences and musical expertise are things to be revered, and John Legend has enough respect for him to invite him as an advisor on The Voice.
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