Don't Hesitate by Raul Midón on Apple Music

14 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Raul Midon burst onto the scene with 2005’s State of Mind, displaying a soulful voice, thoughtful songs, and a percussive brand of acoustic guitar playing. Now several albums in, he now returns with Don’t Hesitate. Here he does most of the recording in his home studio with a few special guests: bassists Richard Bona (“If You Want Me To”) and Marcus Miller (“Mi Amigo Cubano”) and singers Lizz Wright (“Keep Holding On”) and Dianne Reeves (“Make It Better”). The big news, however, is that the outstanding “Mi Amigo Cubano” is a songwriting collaboration with the mostly retired Bill Withers. Midon himself is in fine form throughout.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Raul Midon burst onto the scene with 2005’s State of Mind, displaying a soulful voice, thoughtful songs, and a percussive brand of acoustic guitar playing. Now several albums in, he now returns with Don’t Hesitate. Here he does most of the recording in his home studio with a few special guests: bassists Richard Bona (“If You Want Me To”) and Marcus Miller (“Mi Amigo Cubano”) and singers Lizz Wright (“Keep Holding On”) and Dianne Reeves (“Make It Better”). The big news, however, is that the outstanding “Mi Amigo Cubano” is a songwriting collaboration with the mostly retired Bill Withers. Midon himself is in fine form throughout.

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About Raul Midón

Raul Midón is a contemporary singer/songwriter whose impassioned acoustic guitar playing -- a mix of rock, classical, and flamenco -- has gotten him just as much attention as his smooth, relaxed voice. Blind since birth, Midón was born in Embudo, New Mexico, to an Argentine father and American mother. He began playing drums early in his childhood before switching to guitar, taking in flamenco, jazz, and classical styles on his chosen instrument. He relocated to Miami for college in the '90s and while there moonlighted as a background vocalist for Latin pop recording sessions. Midón was a remarkable talent even then, and word quickly spread of his talent as a singer and guitarist, one inspired by a crop of artists including Hermeto Pascoal, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Bill Withers.

As a solo artist, Midón made his debut on RCA with Gracias a la Vida (1999), after which he relocated to New York, where he concentrated on a solo career. Following the independent release Blind to Reality (2001), he signed with the EMI-distributed Manhattan label and released State of Mind (2005) and World Within a World (2007). The former featured appearances from Stevie Wonder and Jason Mraz and cracked the Billboard 200 chart. A short stint with Decca produced Synthesis (2010), highlighted by a cover of the Beatles' "Blackbird"; the same year, a performance in support of Marcus Miller was documented on A Night in Monte Carlo. Invisible Chains: Live from NYC (2012), self-released, preceded an association with Mack Avenue subsidiary Artistry for Don't Hesitate (2014) and Bad Ass and Blind (2017). ~ Wade Kergan & Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Embudo, NM
  • BORN
    Mar 14, 1966

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