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Raul Midón

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Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and engineer Raul Midón established himself as a first-call session singer upon graduation from the prestigious Studio Jazz program at the University of Miami in 1991. He sang background vocals on over 60 Latin recordings, many of which won GRAMMY Awards. In 1999, he was asked to join Shakira’s touring band. During that time, he was creating his own original music and was signed to a development deal with Warner Chappel. He left Shakira’s band to move to NYC to pursue his own career. He debuted at Carnegie Hall with the Movie Music of Spike Lee within a year. Spike engaged him to write the end credit song for “She Hate Me.” At the same time, Raul was signed by legendary producer Arif Mardin to his label under the Blue Note moniker, Manhattan Records. Together with his son Joe Mardin, they produced and released two albums, the acclaimed “State of Mind” and “A World Within A World.” Raul made his television debut on The David Letterman Show, followed by performances on Leno, Ferguson, & Jimmy Kimmel.

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