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Raul Midón

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A one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus.

New York Times

Midón has a lovely voice, a beautifully controlled tenor that can express anything from tenderness to passion. . . . And the guy can play. His strumming has a flamenco flourish, but after a while, you realize he can do every kind of accompaniment he needs on acoustic guitar.

Guardian

Along with releasing ten studio albums as a solo artist, Raul Midón has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, and Bill Withers, along with contributing to recordings by Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s She Hate Me. A native of New Mexico who was educated in the jazz program of the University of Miami—and who now lives in Maryland after years in New York City—Midón has earned acclaim the world over, with a fan base that stretches from San Francisco to India, Amsterdam to Tokyo.

Ever since being told by some when he was a child that his blindness meant that “you can’t do this, you can’t do that,” Midón has lived a life devoted to beating the odds and shattering stereotypes, learning his own lessons along the way. “As someone who has never seen, I’ve always felt at a disadvantage in that lyric writing is usually very visual,” he says. “People really relate to images, and I’ve never seen images. But what I realized early on is that you have to write from what you know, and I hear, touch, and feel intensely—and those are sensations and experiences that everyone can relate to.”

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