Norka Martinez Luque: A Remarkable Latin Pop Star in the Making

If you understand the music industry well, you must know that there is no shortcut to finding musical success. Some artists have developed their fan base via YouTube while others have gone through the rather traditional way of working hard through live performances to gain recognition. The rise to stardom of Norka Martinez Luque does not fit seamlessly into either category.

Ms. Martinez was born in Caracas, Venezuela and traveled to Europe in a bid to break into the music industry. This Venezuelan beauty has been making headlines since 2011. Her success came when she started working with the legendary producer Emilio Estefan Jr.

Ms. Martinez spent most of her early life taking instrument and dance classes. It was possible to take these lessons after she opened up to her parents about her love for music. The unconditional support she got from her parents became a major aspect of her life even after she completed high school.

Her parents sent her to France to pursue higher education. She enrolled in a business school where she studied Business Administration. Even while in the French business school, she did not stay far from her dream of becoming a professional singer. After classes, she would perform in the French clubs. She even got the chance to join a rock and funk group by the name Bad Moon Rising.

Her movements with the band enabled her to develop a huge following in the European music community. French club-goers soon fell in love with her unique voice. But despite the huge following that she was already enjoying in France, she decided to relocate to the United States. She knew that it was easier becoming a professional singer while in the United States.

Ms. Martinez met the Grammy Award winning producer, Emilio Estefan Jr. in the United States. If you do not know Emilio Estefan, let me introduce him to you in a few lines. He is the man behind the careers of big artists such as Jennifer López, Gloria (who happens to be his wife), Alejandro Fernandez, Shakira, Jon Secada, Carlos Vives and many others.

Mr. Estefan signed on as her producer, and the rest is history. Her first single was released in 2011. The single, “Como lo haces tu” was very successful and it even got her a nomination for the “Best Female Latin Pop Artist of the Year.” “Milagro,” her second single was released in 2012. It also had massive success and did rounds on major music charts for weeks. “Tomorrowland” is her latest single. This single is also very successful in major Latino music communities.

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Sergio Cortes and the Art of Impersonation

This world has millions of musicians. Some lucky ones get to make a career out their music. Even fewer get a shot at a successful music career. Of them, however, only a few become musical icons that define an age. For many people, an example of such an icon is none other than the legendary Michael Jackson. People remember Michael Jackson for more than just his music.

It is said that the most sincere form of flattery is impersonation. In the world of Michael Jackson fans, one of the best known impersonators is Sergio Cortes. Born in Barcelona and currently based in Brazil, Sergio Cortes has loved Michael Jackson since he was a young boy. Since then, he has become well known in South America and around the world for his impersonation shows. He is currently working on a show titled “Human Nature Live Show” that will be mostly in Italy. The show will focus mainly on well known and beloved classics by the King of Pop.

Impersonating such a well known icon is much harder than it sounds. Sergio Cortes needed to study the movement of Michael Jackson for years in order to perfect intricacies in dances such as the moonwalk. In the same way that Daniel Day Lewis is known for staying in character even off of the film set when he is filming a movie, Sergio Cortes also had to really become Michael Jackson in order to achieve the level of perfection that he has in his impersonations.

Another obviously important part of the Michael Jackson impersonation is the singing. Sergio Cortes has had to master the original artist’s vocal quality and range. This alone was a tall feat. Many across the world have said, however, that Cortes is one of the closest impersonators that has ever lived.

For many who have grown up loving the singer and icon Michael Jackson, Sergio Cortes brings back fond memories with his performances. Although Sergio Cortes does much of his performing in South America, his touring locations have expanded since his reputation has grown. That is excellent for the many people around the world who love Michael Jackson.

Not everyone gets to become a legendary pop icon. For impersonators like Sergio Cortes, it is simply enough to walk in his childhood idol’s shoes. Not only are Sergio Cortes’ impersonations intricate and artful, but they are a great way to remember the King of Pop.