Who: Miguel
Single: 'All I Want Is You' Feat. J. Cole
Hails From: San Pedro, California
For Fans Of: Ne-Yo, Usher

Why He's About to Pop: Miguel Jontel is only 23 years old, but by most standards he's already a seasoned music industry veteran. The multi-talented singer, songwriter and producer began writing music when he was eight years old as a way to cope with the devastation of his parent's divorce. For 15 years, Miguel honed his skills, doing whatever he could to break a highly competitive music industry that unfortunately wasn't quite sure what to make of him. "I would go to meetings and I would be doing this music as this kid who looks like he's half-Asian and black, his name is Miguel, but he sings. Like, who are you?" he told the Boombox in a recent interview. "This was before the Latin market was even something people were paying attention to here in the States."

Miguel began steadily building a buzz after working with underground rapper Blu on his album 'Below the Heavens' and making an appearance on Asher Roth's 'Asleep in the Bread Aisle.' A highly personal song of Miguel's ('Sure Thing'), which was not originally intended for release, ended up making waves online, racking up over 7 million plays on his Myspace page. Now, with a full-length debut solo album on the way, Miguel is poised for superstardom with his genre-spanning blend of hip-hop, R&B, jazz and soul.