Raul Malo

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Raul Malo
Malo at Costa del Folk
Malo at Costa del Folk
Background information
Birth nameRaúl Francisco Martínez-Malo Jr.
Born (1965-08-07) August 7, 1965 (age 56)
Miami, Florida
GenresAmericana, neotraditional country, Tex-Mex, western swing, salsa, neo-swing, vocal jazz, classic pop, country pop, country rock
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1989–present
LabelsNew Door
Associated actsThe Mavericks, Los Super Seven, K.T. Oslin, Steve Berlin

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.[1] 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 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.

Solo discography[edit]


Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US Heat US Indie US Holiday
  • Release date: October 23, 2001
  • Label: Higher Octave
You're Only Lonely
  • Release date: July 25, 2006
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
50 38
After Hours
  • Release date: July 17, 2007
  • Label: New Door Records
43 12
Marshmallow World &
Other Holiday Favorites
  • Release date: September 25, 2007
  • Label: New Door Records
24 11
Lucky One
  • Release date: March 3, 2009
  • Label: Fantasy Records
Sinners and Saints
  • Release date: October 5, 2010
  • Label: Fantasy Records
Around the World Live
  • Release date: February 24, 2012
  • Label: Concord/Fantasy/Universal


Year Single Peak positions Album
2002 "I Said I Love You" 57 Today
2006 "Feels Like Home" You're Only Lonely
2009 "Lucky One" Lucky One
2010 "Moonlight Kiss"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2009 "Hello Again" Matt Robertson


  1. ^ " Today" by Raul Malo – zBoneman Music Reviews Archived February 11, 2007(Date mismatch), at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 344. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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