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Raúl Francisco Martínez-Malo Jr. (born August 7, 1965, in Miami, Florida), known professionally as Raúl Malo, is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer. He is the lead singer of country music band The Mavericks and the co-writer of many of their singles, as well as Rick Trevino's 2003 single "In My Dreams". After the disbanding of The Mavericks in the early 2000s, Malo pursued a solo career. He has also participated from 2001 in the Los Super Seven supergroup. The Mavericks re-formed in 2012 and continue to tour extensively. In 2015 they won the Americana music award for duo/group of the year.
Malo at Costa del Folk
|Birth name||Raúl Francisco Martínez-Malo Jr.|
|Born||August 7, 1965|
|Genres||Americana, neotraditional country, Tex-Mex, western swing, salsa, neo-swing, vocal jazz, classic pop, country pop, country rock|
|Associated acts||The Mavericks, Los Super Seven, K.T. Oslin, Steve Berlin|
Malo was born in Miami to middle-class Cuban parents. He is married to Betty, and together they have three sons: Dino, Victor and Max (who sang with him on Marshmallow World & Other Holiday Favorites).
The Mavericks, with Malo, original drummer Paul Deakin, and bass guitarist Robert Reynolds, reunited in 2012–2013 for tours and a new album. Eddie Perez is the guitarist. He joined the group for the Live in Austin DVD.
In 2000, Malo starred in the Weston Woods adaptation of Judy Sierra's book Antarctic Antics – A Book of Penguin Poems. Particularly, he sang the ballad "Be My Penguin", which involves a penguin singing to a bunch of female penguins to woo them into being the penguin's mate.
On July 29, 2012, Malo sang The National Anthem at the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race in Indianapolis, IN.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|US Country||US Heat||US Indie||US Holiday|
|You're Only Lonely||
|Marshmallow World &
Other Holiday Favorites
|Sinners and Saints||
|Around the World Live||
|2002||"I Said I Love You"||57||Today|
|2006||"Feels Like Home"||—||You're Only Lonely|
|2009||"Lucky One"||—||Lucky One|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2009||"Hello Again"||Matt Robertson|