As leader and frontman for alt country superheroes The Mavericks, vocalist Raul Malo created a legion of fans reveling in his expressive, silky baritone. On his own, Malo embraces more sounds, infusing his wide-range love of blues, jazz, American Songbook, and vintage rock and roll with Latin jazz. What remains constant is that powerfully emotive voice and charismatic presence.
The Miami-born Cuban-American singer started out as straight country crooner with his country rock outfit The Mavericks. Throughout the 90’s they would pepper the Billboard Charts with a string of acclaimed records and singles, including classics like “What A Crying Shame” and “Dance the Night Away.” As the band grew out of their honky-tonk pigeon-hole, Malo began embracing more of his Latin roots and his love for jazz, blues, and the American Songbook, eventually winning a Grammy in 1996 (for “Here Comes the Rain”). The band parted ways by 2000 (resurfacing briefly in 2004), giving Malo a chance to fully explore other sounds and textures.
Malo’s solo debut, 2001’s Today, found the singer taking a deep dive into his Cuban roots with several Latin numbers sung in Spanish as well as his trademark Roy Orbison-styled ballads. Subsequent records found the gifted vocalist trying out different musical ideas, including lounge jazz, contemporary pop and a return to classic country. His most recent solo record, 201o’s Sinners and Saints was Malo’s most personal and intimate, the gifted vocalist flexing his songwriting chops. Malo and his Mavericks bandmates reunited in 2011, and have toured relentlessly since as well as releasing three new Mavericks albums, including 2017’s Brand New Day. Malo now spends time alternating between his solo pursuits and his time with The Mavericks.