One thing for sure about Sergio Cortes when he impersonates Michael Jackson: He uses his own voice – no lip syncing. He probably had no plans to become a Michael Jackson impersonator. However, things happen, and Sergio was one of those little kids who absolutely loved to take off on MJ impersonations. It obviously grew on him!
Sergio was born in Spain, and lives in Barcelona, Spain. His performances and the production of them reveal a zealous effort to come as close as possible to the creative genius of Michael Jackson. In other words, he is not an entertainer doing an impression of Michael Jackson. He absolutely is impersonating Michael Jackson to entertain MJ fans. He has made sure a super crew, stage, lighting, cameras, authentic music, backup singers, special effects, are all there – for each performance. That’s because each of his numbers is an effort to ‘replay the moment.’
Sergio’s voice, is succinctly close to MJ’s and has captured all the sounds that Michael made, including the “soft hards” and that funky hiccup that signified soulful elevation. Whether Sergio has been using voice coaches is something that his very private nature may not care to disclose. Sergio has the ability to move around on the stage – just like Mike – with excellent voice control. His body movements can be said to practically ‘shadow’ MJ’s. No mistake; here’s a performer who liked the magic of Michael Jackson enough to mirror him and carry forward his style and presence as long as fans show approval.
Fans are hungry for MJ posthumously because they simply refuse to accept the reality that someone who, with so much talent and creativity, whose songwriting, songs, dancing, record producing, and acting mesmerized the whole world is gone. Michael’s fans are out there from one year old to one hundred years old. Sergio Cortes was one of them at a very early age! The King of Pop was a contagion!
Sergio Cortes has created for himself a special place as a Michael Jackson impersonator. I am all too suspicious that that place is many times very lonely for him. Just like Michael Jackson, his appearances in public are sudden and spontaneous; perhaps, at times in disguise. Perhaps, there are but a few singled-out fan mail responses. Sergio is said to speak several languages including English, however, he chooses to not use the English language for reasons all his own. I also would suspect that Sergio Cortes has trained himself to ignore negative and biased commentary about his impersonations of Michael Jackson. This level of criticism is something to which most entertainers are subjected – some more so than others.
His efforts have been gargantuan in “shadowing” Michael Jackson. His fan base adores him, and unlike the many Elvis impersonators that have grown out of their acts, Sergio Cortes is well aware that Michael Jackson died at the age of 50. At the age of 51 or sooner, Sergio Cortes will have the whole world before him to do as he pleases, and he can release the shadow to move on to other projects, or retire happily with no financial worries somewhere on one of the Mexican, French or Mediterrean Rivieras, always remembering a very dear friend he probably never met, who he chose to keep alive in the eyes of fans everywhere. Right now, at the age of 41 – and he actually looks 22 – being 51 will be whenever Sergio Cortes chooses!
Sergio Cortes, Michael Jackson impersonator, has a huge Mexican/Latin fan base. His CDs and videos keep the window to his U.S. fan club open, and fans are hoping and talking about future U.S. visits.