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.”
With a euphonious live band behind him, Miguel rocked the unconventional venue throughout his set, which included the Travis Scott-assisted “Sky Walker,” “Come Through and Chill,” the tuneful “Adorn” and “Pineapple Skies.” Before getting to “Told You So,” the smooth R&B crooner said, “I wrote the song a year ago. It’s special to me because of the layers that went into the songwriting process. In the video, believe it or not, I did a little dancing.”
Before ending his nearly hourlong performance, Miguel had some inspiring words for the crowd full of creatives, “What we need most right now is real doers. Whatever it is that you love just do it. No Nike Swoosh.” The Los Angeles native announced Tuesday (Nov. 28), he would be embarking on a nation wide tour beginning in February 2018. Tour tickets will be available on Dec. 4.
Pre-order War & Leisure on iTunes.
Tonight, courtesy of @Spotify, @Miguel played a ten song set at @PioneerWorks_ to celebrate the upcoming release of his new album, War & Leisure. Such an outstanding performer! — #WarxLeisure #SpotifyFansFirst pic.twitter.com/nUF2z4JBSo
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