Raul Midón’s background is an elaborate tapestry of influences.
Born in New Mexico, the Grammy-nominated songwriter is of Argentinian and African American descent. He’s been a Latin session singer for icons like Shakira, Christina Aguilera, Johnny Mathis and studied jazz at the University of Miami.
“Sunshine” (I Can Fly)” from his upcoming album, If You Really Want, is a summation of influences that have shown themselves throughout Midón’s career. It’s a building, twisting track that makes it way through bright and colorful horns and is held together by the singer’s pristine voice. The Netherlands-based Metropole Orkest, one of the leading European jazz orchestras, contributes here under the direction of Vince Mendoza.
Midón spoke about the track, which is premiering below on Billboard, and expanded on its ideas.
“The recording of this song sums up most of my influences,” he said. “Latin and jazz sounds, call and response, exuberant improvisation, and it builds all the way to the end!”
If You Really Want follows Midón’s previous record, Badass and Blind, and is due out Sept. 14 via Artistry music, a Mack Ave Records label. Presale for the album is available here.
Stream “Sunshine (I Can Fly)” and check out Midón’s tour dates below.
Aug. 28 – Elat, Israel @ Red Sea Jazz Festival
Aug. 30 – London, UK @ Ronnie Scott’s
Sept.10 – Tokyo- Japan @ Blue Note
Sept. 12 – Melbourne, AUS @ Bird’s Basement
Sept. 20/21 – Beijing, China @ Blue Note
Sept. 29 – Newark, NJ @ NJPAC
Octo. 11- Largo, MD @ Central Park Performing Arts Center
Oct. 12 – Bethesda, MD @ AMP Strathmore
Oct. 13 – Rehoboth Beach, DE @ Epworth Rehoboth Beach
Oct. 19 – Pleasanton, CA @ Firehouse Arts Center
Oct. 21 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brew
Nov. 1 – Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
Nov. 2 – Denver, CO @ Dazzle Jazz
Nov. 3 – Albuquerque, NM @ KiMo Theater
Nov. 9 – Las Vegas, NV @ Smith Center
Nov. 16 – Prescott, AZ @ Yavapai College Performing Center
Nov. 17- Chandler, AZ @ Chandler Center for the Arts
Nov. 30 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Yardbird Suite
Dec. 1 – Winnipeg, CA @ Berney Theatre
Dec. 7 – Wichita, KS @ Grumpy Old Men Fundraiser
Dec. 27-30 – NYC @ Jazz Standard
Jan. 17 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Capital Jazz SuperCruise
Jan. 26 – South Bend, IN @ DeBartolo Performing Arts
Feb. 2/9 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ The Smooth Jazz Cruise
Feb. 15 – Park Forest, IL @ Freedom Hall
Feb. 16. – Des Moines, IA @ Temple Theatre
Feb.23/March 2 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @The Smooth Jazz Cruise
March 23 – Freiburg, Germany @ Private Party
March 28 – Saint- Martin des Champs, France @ Espace du Roudour
March 29 – Bois-Colombes, France @ Salle Jean Renoir
March 30 – Brugieres, France @ Le Bascala
March 31- Saint-Arnoult en Yvelines, France @ TBD
April 3 – Elyria, OH @ Stocker Center for the Arts
April 9 – Boulogne Billancourt, France @ Carre Belle Feuille
April 12 – Penmarch, France @ Salle Cap Caval
June 15 – Davie, FL @ Bailey Hall