“All I Want Is You” singer Miguel began making noise on the road this fall, when he opened up for Mary J. Blige’s Music Saved My Life Tour . From there, he jumped onboard Usher’s OMG Tour , which will end its North American leg on December 31. Both outings have given the 24-year-old up-and-comer a crash course on being a performer.
“Coming off the tour with Mary J. Blige and Jazmine Sullivan and El DeBarge, being able to watch them onstage, was such a tremendous learning experience,” Miguel told MTV News. “First of all, the audience is very different demographic-wise from the audience on the OMG Tour, but the one thing that is consistent is that everything changes in every city.”
One thing he noticed was how his tourmates don’t let their personal ups and downs affect what they do on the stage.
“We all have our own personal circumstances, life, and these people are professionals, and they go out there every night and they give it 100 percent and they connect with their audience,” he observed. “And that’s something that I really, really studied, how they adapted. Adapting to the differences, and the different sound.”
After transitioning from Music Saved My Life to OMG, Miguel also had to learn how to connect to the crowd in larger venues. “And now that we’re about halfway through the tour, I think my band and I, we all feel really, really comfortable being in these venues,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun, just kind of trying things and augmenting and evolving the show, in order to reach that person way up at the top, as well as the person right down front and center.”
As an opening act, Miguel sees a huge value in making a good impression on the audience.
“We go out there, and I think we go offstage and the people are impressed,” he said proudly. “If you didn’t know who I am [before the show] … you leave wondering or wanting to know more.”
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