Michael Jackson is easily one of the most notable artists of the recent past. A strong argument could even be made that he was the most influential musical talent in the past hundred years or so. Time and time again Jackson took up a genre or form and made it into something new and unique. When people talk about Jackson as the King of Pop it’s for a very good reason. He essentially took that style and gave it a whole new life. Pop music before Jackson and after Jackson are quite different things. And if current trends are any indication the changes he made to the genre are going to stick. But what makes the greatest artists so amazing isn’t just the changes they make to music. The greats are also able to use that music to change the human spirit in all of the best ways. It inspires, it gives meaning, and it can even define the path of one’s life. And those people will themselves often be able to inspire others in a similar way. A great example of this can be found with MJ impersonator Sergio Cortes.
Jackson’s influence on Cortes stretches back into his childhood. When Cortes was still quite young he was watching TV. By luck or fate, a performance by the Jackson 5 came on screen. His mother, also in the room, was shocked as she looked from her child to the screen. Because before her sat her son. And on the screen she was looking at a child who could have easily been his twin. The two children looked almost identical. As Jackson’s popularity grew so did the amount of people who also took note of that resemblance. It didn’t take long for Cortes to begin amusing himself by doing impressions of Jackson for his friends.
But as he grew so did the resemblance. A young Cortes who looked like a young Jackson was growing into a man who looked like the adult Michael. Cortes realized that he’d been given an amazing gift by the world and that he needed to do it justice. He pushed his impersonation to the next level by also learning how to sing and dance like Jackson. He spent years learning all of those skills as well as the improvisational talents needed to impersonate Jackson when speaking to people. By the time Cortes was ready to become a professional Jackson impersonator he’d really spent his entire life honing the craft. This allowed Cortes to quickly become known as one of the world’s best impersonators. And in doing so he’s been able to enrich the life of thousands of people in the same way that Jackson enriched his own.