A true master of any given artform is rare. How rare is up for debate. But it’s safe to say that there’s only going to be one or two within any given artform per decade. But every now and then there’s an almost unique crossover between genres. And when that happens something really magical can be felt in the air. It doesn’t happen often, and it often takes some very unusual circumstances. But every now and then the lives of two masters of different art forms converge to create something new. And in the case of two men, Sergio Cortes and Michael Jackson, the lines between them can even blur.
This can be better understood by simply looking at Sergio’s title. He’s also known as MJ impersonator Sergio Cortes. However, sometimes a specific title can be somewhat deceptive. It’s true that Cortes is a Michael Jackson impersonator. But it’s also true that Jackson himself is a pop singer. But Jackson is the King of Pop, and Cortes also sits at the top of his form of artistic expression.
There’s quite a few different reasons for this. But one of the biggest is simply how Cortes grew up. He was just a young boy when someone first gasped in recognition of just how much he looked like a young Michael Jackson. And this quickly led to Cortes learning how to mimic Jackson for his friends on the playground. But as time passed Cortes grew to look more and more like the King of Pop. And he began to take his impersonation more as art than game. He learned how to sing and dance in the same style as Jackson. But he also spent his formative years studying how Jackson related to the world. Younger people can soak in cultural details in a way that few adults ever could. And as such Cortes soaked in every aspect of Jackson’s life.
Sergio Cortes picked up on a lot of Michael Jackson’s skills. But he also learned one major point which has allowed him to sit on the throne of his craft.
He learned that there’s more to a man than the nature of a performance. Cortes isn’t someone who impersonates Jackson only when he’s on stage. He learned that true impersonation means bringing the subject to life for the audience in every aspect of life. Cortes doesn’t simply bring Jackson to the crowd when he’s on stage. Instead he becomes Jackson for a period of time. That means putting on a great show. But it also means being able to talk to the audience after the performance and leaving them feeling as if they’d met the King of Pop himself.
The stage was pitch dark as was the rest of the concert hall. The curtains in the back all of a sudden glowed with the spotlight shining onto a person who was wearing a black hat strategically placed at a slight angel. A white glove was on his one hand and as he moved slowly the glove sparkled. His jet black hair with tight curls were more recognizable than anything else. They looped down a little onto his almost ivory skin. He looked up and smiled but only at the corner of his mouth. He looked just like Michael, yet Michael was gone. He had disappeared into no where and broke the hearts of millions. In his 50’s Michael Jackson was dead. No one expected that to happen. No one counted on something so painful.
He had mourned with them,as MJ’s biggest fan in the world. He struggled to pull himself out of the hurt, as had many. It was hard to hear, hard to believe and more so it was hard to stomach. We all wanted nothing but the best for a man that struggled for years. Soon he left us with nothing but hurt. Sergio was the one that needed to have a deep affect on most but at the same time he was also hurting. When you number one hero dies it is difficult. There is no way to go about it then to face grief head on.
It is unknown whether Sergio performed the day that Michael past but it was almost if someone went through the trouble and passed him the torch.
Sergio grabbed the torch and carried it right through into a life without Michael Jackson. He strengthened his resolve and gave it his all. The most miraculous part of it was that he was able to challenge the notion that only Michael was a great. For Sergio Cortes is a famous well liked singer in his own right but does a fantastic job pretending to be positioned like him. Sergio has gone about doing things most have only dreamed about but it was his vision and he reached it.
There are thousands of Michael Jackson impersonators, but none of them is as good as Sergio Cortes. Born is Barcelona, Spain, Cortes is a dead ringer for the king of pop. It not just the way he dresses or dances, he also physically looks like Jacko and has his mannerisms spot on. Cortes has been impersonating Michael Jackson since he was a child. Initially he was not really trying to impersonate Jackson. He simply liked the way Jackson danced and tried to copy his moves. But he looked so much like Jackson he began to draw crowds wherever he went. When a local journalist put his pictures and videos online, a star was born.
Cortes’ videos went viral almost immediately and he began to get requests to do his Michael Jackson imitations at shows. It wasn’t until he became a teenager and thousands of people begun to show up to see him dance and sing like Michael Jackson that he began to realize that he might have a future in show business. As he got older, Cortes began to refine his moves and learn to sound like Michael. His natural ability to dance like Jackson quickly separated him from the crowded field of Michael Jackson impersonators. Today at age 44 Sergio Cortes looks, sounds, and moves so much like Jackson that it’s uncanny.
The advantage that Sergio Cortes has over other Michael Jackson impersonators is that he just naturally looks like Michael. When he puts on the outfits that many associate with Jackson, it’s almost impossible to tell them apart. Cortes was captivated by Michael when he was still performing with the Jackson 5. By the time Michael began his solo career, Cortes was already a dead ringer for him. Then he began to put in hours each day refining his act and learning Michael’s mannerisms. The result is a Michael Jackson impersonator that can fool almost anyone.
Cortes has hundreds of videos online showing his unmatched skill at mimicking Michael Jackson’s dance moves and singing his songs. They’ve earned Cortes a worldwide following. His Facebook page has over 17,300 likes. When Cortes combines his dance moves with special effects, costumes, and music, he literally brings the king of pop to life on stage right before your eyes. The shows Cortes does often leave his audiences amazed. These days Cortes lives and performs in Brazil and is a local celebrity.