Vicarious Records recording artist "Jade Esteban Estrada is the most exciting Latin pop artist ever to emerge onto the music scene," says Genre Magazine (December 2001). He has performed in seven languages and in 26 countries to date. He is quickly rising to become one of the most historical figures in American pop culture.
Estrada was born and raised in the Tejano music capital of the world, San Antonio, Texas. The son of a U.S. Army officer and a stage actress, the future singer had the opportunity to travel around the country with his parents at a tender age experiencing diversity first hand. Estrada won a scholarship to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and sharpened his knowledge of his chosen profession. Estrada studied dance with "Slam," the lead dancer from Madonna's Blonde Ambition Tour among other notable teachers of the era.
While still at the conservatory, he briefly worked as an assistant to the famed actress Zoe Caldwell who once told him "in order to prepare for your career as an actor, you must do everything!" And that he did.
In 1994, he took home the prize for the Funniest Amateur Comic in New York at Stand-Up New York. He made his living as a choreographer by day (a craft that came very naturally to him) and performed as a singer, dancer, actor, writer and go-go boy by night. His main concern during this period was getting to one show to the next.
He began his pop music career as a member of the hip-hop group "The Model Citizens." The group enjoyed a notable success, however, after several heated debates over who the lead singer was, Estrada ceremoniously left the group for Europe to pursue a solo career.
While searching for his niche, Estrada once again supplemented his income by playing major roles in high profile shows abroad such as the German production of Starlight Express, Ocean Dome in Japan and the George Gershwin tribute tour in Europe. He spent most of his time writing songs with "JELS", a duo he formed with West End starlet Samantha Lavender. However, still desperately unfulfilled, he returned to America and to his theatrical roots debuting his one-man show It's Too Late. It's Already In Me at the 1997 Festival de Libre Enganche representing the United States to high acclaim.
During his stint as choreographer and lead dancer for Charo, he signed to Total Envision Records in 1998 releasing the hit single, Reggae Twist. He toured extensively performing with top names in the Latin Music world and became the first performer to open the Tejano Concert at Christiansen Stadium in Texas since Selena. He also gained an unusual popularity performing on the global beauty pageant circuit where he became known as the "Prince of Pageantry". He was awarded the coveted Spirit Award from Pageantry Magazine in 2000 and the 2001 Man of Distinction Award from the Miss Black World Organization. Following in the footsteps of Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin, he is scheduled to appear at the Miss Hispanidad USA Pageant live from Miami in 2002.
In September 2000, he opened the doors to his very own Vicarious Records label and released his long-awaited debut album Angel.
During his Angelika Tour 2001, he performed in 56 international cities. "Energetic and sizzling...the diva of Latin pop" raves Genre Magazine (January 2001). "Estrada excels," says Hero Magazine. "Look out, Ricky, there's a new Latin sensation in town!" warns Ritmo Beat Magazine (August 2001).
Estrada also included a headlining appearance at Europride in Vienna and several other high-profile Latin music events. The Advocate hails "exquisite Jade" and the Richmond Times-Dispatch calls him "incredible." "Estrada gets the beat going!" lauds the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Estrada is ready to take on the world," says the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
He has shared the stage with Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Ricky Martin, Margaret Cho, RuPaul, Brooke Shields, and Jimmy Somerville and countless other stars.
As a powerful young speaker and writer, Estrada has been invited to represent the young generation as keynote speaker at the Stop Dr. Laura Rally against Paramount in New York, Out Front Minnesota's State-wide Conference and CNN. His passionate and zealous speeches have won him popular acclaim in the American media. '
In late 2001, Estrada directed the well-received all-male comedy "Dinner at Dario's" ("Sexy!" raved Time Out New York) by Giovanni Affinito at the Theatre-Studio and the Riant Theatre in New York.
Estrada is currently at work on his sophomore album "Passions". He once again joins forces with DJ Lucho with songs by Skott Freedman. He will tour to cities across the globe in promotion of the new project with his legendary dancers.
Estrada will also tour his latest one-man show "Tortilla Heaven" by Celeste Estrada Apolinar across the nation in celebration of the Mexican-American culture.
To say that Mr. Estrada is one of the most influential Latin artists in the country is a grave understatement. Through his work in his artistic and political endeavours, he is fast becoming one of the world's most ground breaking personalities.
Learn more about Jade Esteban Estrada in the Texana Collection of the San Antonio Public Library in San Antonio, Texas or visit http://www.getjaded.com