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Raul Midon

Raul Midon is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist from New Mexico, based in New York City. He combines his distinct voice, strumming, beats, and vocal mouth trumpet sounds to create a one-man performance. His unique style shows influence of virtually every musical genre which came before him, including jazz, blues, R&B, and folk.

Midon was born prematurely in a rural hospital in Embudo, New Mexico to parents of Argentine and African American descent. His father was a folkloric dancer from Argentina. Midon and his twin brother Marco (now a NASA engineer) were blinded as infants after spending time in an without adequate eye protection. The sounds of music became integral to Midon's life around age 4, when his father introduced him to the drum. Midon became an avid music lover and learned how to play the guitar while performing in rigorous educational programs, first at a school for the blind and then at an elite Santa Fe academy while completing his last two years of high school. Midon then attended the University of Miami, which he selected for its prestigious jazz curriculum. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1990. Midon resides in Laurel, Maryland now.

Midon began his career as a session singer for numerous Latin recording artists including Shakira, Alejandro Sanz, Julio Iglesias and Jose Feliciano. After touring with Shakira, he set aside this career to pursue a solo career and moved to New York City. In New York City he focused completely on his solo career with the exception of working with producer and renowned DJ Little Louie Vega. He wrote and recorded several songs including "Cerca De Mi" with Louie and his production team under the band name "Elements of Life." Elements of Life, led by Louie Vega toured Europe, Japan and Australia in 2003/2004.

Related websites

Raul Midon: The Reason I Stand - interview

Raul Midon's official website

Interview on BBC Radio 4, 2 January 2007

TED Talks: Raul Midon plays "All the Answers" and "Tembererana"

TED Talks: Raul Midon plays "Everybody" and "Peace on Earth"

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