Milton was born on the 26th of October 1942, the son of Maria do Carmo, who died when he was not yet two. He went to live with his grandmother in the town of Juiz de Fora, but did not adjust. The music teacher Lilia Silva Campos, his godmother’s daughter, newly married to Josino Campos, a radio station owner, decided to adopt him. Milton moved with his new family to the town of Três Pontas, in Minas Gerais state and there, at the age of 13, he began to sing at parties and balls, beginning a successful career.

From early on, he was aware of his extraordinary voice. When he was a teenager, he formed the band Luar de Prata with Wagner Tiso, whose mother gave him his first piano lessons. He worked on Três Pontas Radio as a DJ, announcer and director. With Wagner and his brothers – Walter, Wilson and Wanderley – he formed the group W’s Boys. He moved to the capital of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, in 1963 to study economics. There, he began playing in the band Berimbau Trio, also with Tiso, and became friends with Lô Borges and Beto Guedes and the poets Marcio Borges and Fernando Brant, who marked the early 1970s with their exuberant Clube da Esquina.

In 1966, he moved to São Paulo and met Elis Regina, who recorded his first song, Canção do Sal. In the same year, he took part in Excelsior TV’s National Popular Music Festival, in São Paulo, with Cidade Vazia, which came in fourth place.

In 1967, in the II International Song Festival, he won the prize for best interpreter with the song Travessia (a partnership with Fernando Brant). After that, he toured the United States, where he recorded Courage (1968). When he returned, he released the double album Clube da Esquina (1972), an orchestrated record. Others followed, including Native Dancer (1975), Minas (1975), Geraes (1976), Clube de Esquina n. 2 (1978), Yauaretê (1990), Txai (1990), Angelus (1993), Amigos (1995) and Crooner (1999).

He won the Grammy, in 1988, with his album Nascimento. He was awarded the Rio Branco Order, the Inconfidência Medal and the Alfered Tiradentes Medal. He received the keys to the city of New York, was made a Knight of the Arts and Letters of the French Republic. He is part of the Povos da Floresta Alliance, Amnesty International, France Liberte Foundation and works with Greenpeace.

Milton’s musical style combines MPB, jazz, rock, a dash of the Spanish-American music of Mercedes Sosa, Violeta Parra and Victor Jarra, the Caribbean sounds of Pablo Milanez and Silvio Rodrigues, as well as folkloric songs from Minas Gerais and other Brazilian states. As he himself defines it, his music is world music, due to this syncretism of styles.

In 2008 Milton joined the Tobim Trio in a new musical project that pays homage to Bossa Nova. They released the album Novas Bossas, with 14 songs composed by important names in Brazililan music such as Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes and Dorival Caymmi. The album was produced in three months and recorded at Milton’s own house.

After dedicating himself to the Novas Bossas album tour and the release of the album recorded in Paris with the Belmondo Brothers and the Ille de France national orchestra, Milton returned to the stage in June of 2009 with a solo concert, presenting new songs as well as great hits from his career.