Every generation, if they’re lucky, has a performer who stands tall in the public consciousness. These are the artists who can for a moment remind people that they can be more than they currently are. People who not only entertain, but inspire. And one of the most amazing things about these performers is their legacy. Most people leave something of themselves behind after they pass away. These legacies usually have a fairly minor impact on the world at large. But what’s most remarkable about these great performers stems from the fact that their influence is so great. And in the case of some it’s great enough to even inspire people to walk in their footsteps. Such is the case with MJ impersonator Sergio Cortes.
What’s most remarkable about the way Sergio Cortes approaches impersonation is the fact that it expands so much further than just a performance. Many impersonators begin when they walk on stage and end it just as quickly when they leave. But Sergio Cortes sees his impersonation of Michael Jackson as far more than a quick act. To Cortes it’s a way of honoring a powerful legacy. Cortes isn’t emulating an act, he’s honoring a great man. And as such he works to ensure that he brings all aspects of Michael Jackson’s life back into the world.
Again, it all comes down to inspiration. When Cortes was young he was often told just how much he looked like a young Michael Jackson. Learning about Jackson’s life helped inspire him to learn a variety of different aspects of performance. He not only learned to sing, he learned to sing in the style of Michael Jackson. The same goes for a vast number of other forms of artistic expression. Without Jackson, his life would have been far less fun. And Cortes is aiming to ensure that the inspiration he felt can be experienced by a whole new generation of fans as well.
And it’s quite probable that this will be the case. Because when people meet Sergio Cortes it’s often like they’re actually meeting Jackson.
When Cortes is in character he not only has the physical appearance of Michael Jackson. Cortes also dresses like Jackson and speaks like Jackson. But there’s also any number of small nuances to how Cortes acts when in character that people might only notice unconsciously. People might not be consciously aware of small things like the way Cortes emulates the expressions or tilt of his head. But the heart of a true Jackson fan will always notice and appreciate those small details.