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Damien is a master of his craft. He mixes genres like jazz, classical and hip-hop effortlessly. His covers are made his own.
Damien Escobar is a world-renowned violinist, author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist hailing from Jamaica, Queens, New York. His musical career spans over a decade, and his inspiring journey of making it big, losing it all, fighting to rebuild, and getting a second chance at success is as much a part of his brand identity as being among the top violinists in the world.
The NAACP Image Award nominee and Billboard chart-topping artist was once humbled by homelessness after calling it quits from his famed group Nuttin’ But Stringz. The group, comprised of Damien and his brother, Tourie—known in New York City for playing their violins on the subway—gained global recognition when they appeared as contestants on America’s Got Talent. The competition helped to catapult the duo into stardom. When the group disbanded, Escobar made the decision to retire his violin. Looking back at his journey, Escobar realizes it all needed to fall apart so he could be forced to grow while putting it back together the right way. Prevailing was a process and it started with unburying his talent—his love of playing the violin. In 2013, Escobar released his first album as a solo artist, Sensual Melodies. The album garnered over 200,000 downloads, landed on the iTunes Top 100 chart, and served as a springboard for a successful national tour.
Escobar went on to release his second album, Boundless, in 2017. The breakout artist has partnered with Mitsubishi and is now the face and sound of their latest campaign. He’s releasing new music and videos set to air on major broadcast channels, and the world-famous violinist continues to build his brand centered around making an impact and inspiring social change.