Miguel blessed fans with a 10-track performance Monday night at the stoic Pioneer Works venue in Brooklyn for a secret concert in collaboration with Spotify. The private event held only about 100 fans and created an intimate vibe between the soulful artist and the room of 20-somethings to connect on a night of celebration ahead of his fourth studio album release Friday (Dec. 1), War & Leisure.
The Grammy-winning artist hit the stage in a black long-sleeve shirt donning a graphic of his self-portrait album cover. The 32-year-old played former hits that birthed his stardom, in addition to new cuts from War & Leisure, his first album since 2015. Miguel maintains a youthful humor that creates a relaxed environment for fans to decompress and have a good time.
During short breaks between songs, Miguel would pause and talk to the crowd. He reflected on his journey, admitting, “I think back about the journey and it’s a dream. Sometimes I look back and think damn, ‘I’ve done a lot already.’” The “Coffee” artist spoke to the inspiration behind his new uplifting body of work as well: “I feel like we have more reason to figure out what we really are, and that’s what inspired me to create this album. Find out what’s real and what I want to do.”