New York, NY (January 10, 2004)–Raúl Midón, singer-composer-guitarist who straddles pop, R & B, folk, Latin and jazz, has signed to Manhattan Records/EMI, and has completed the recording of his debut CD, State Of Mind, to be released in May 2005. Behind the board producing the album was the team of Grammy-winner Arif Mardin and Joe Mardin.
Pictured at the Magic Shop Studios in New York City are (l-r): Arif Mardin, Jason Mraz, Joe Mardin and Raúl Midón (seated).
State Of Mind boasts a guest roster featuring Jason Mraz in a vocal duet on their collaborative song, the reggae-inflected “Keep On Hoping,” and Stevie Wonder laying down some harmonica on the song “Expressions Of Love.” Raúl will also appear on Mraz’s forthcoming CD. Additionally there are contributions from Latin jazz flutist Dave Valentine and percussionist Sammy Figueoua (on the Afro-Cuban sizzling “I Would Do Anything”), harmonica ace Gregoire Maret and percussionist Cyro Baptista (on the buoyant “Sunshine”) and jazz vibraphonist Stefon Harris, who performs on the sublime “All in Your Mind.”
The New York-based Midón will begin touring this month, with appearances scheduled during the annual Sundance Film Festival and tour dates planned through the winter and leading up to the street date.