Singer Raul Malo

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on April 25, 2004

I would like to know more about Raul Malo, the lead singer of the Mavericks.

—Lisa L., Oregon

Born to Cuban parents in Miami on Aug. 7, 1965, Malo decided his destiny at age 11 when he saw Elvis Presley in concert. He spent his high school years playing in bands before forming the Mavericks in the late 1980s as the group’s lead singer and songwriter. The title song from their 1992 MCA Records release, From Hell to Paradise, detailed Malo’s family’s dramatic exodus from Fidel Castro’s Cuba in 1959. The Grammy-winning band went on hiatus in the late 1990s, and Malo pursued a solo career, producing albums for K.T. Oslin and Rick Trevino. In 2001, he released his first solo album, the Latin-infused Today, which blended many of the Mavericks’ hallmarks. Malo reunited the band in 2003, co-producing a self-titled album. His current project is The Nashville Acoustic Sessions, with a group of renowned musicians, but he will record a second solo album this summer. “I’m not writing anything this time around,” Malo reports. “This will be an album consisting mainly of some of my favorite songs by contemporary writers, and it may feature a special duet.” He lives in Nashville, Tenn., with his wife, Betty, and their three sons.