Damien Escobar is an Emmy award-winning violinist whose career spans nearly two decades. He has enjoyed chart-topping albums, sold-out tours, and collaborations with international brands. Hailing from Jamaica Queens, NY, he’s come a long way from being homeless playing his violin in New York City subways. 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 violinist in the world.
No stranger to hardships and perseverance, Damien Escobar found himself homeless after calling it quits from his famed group, “Nuttin but Stringz.” The group made up of Damien and his brother, Tourie, gained global recognition when they appeared as contestants on “America’s Got Talent.” The competition helped to catapult the duo into stardom, and they quickly experienced all the highs of being the most sought-after musicians of their time. When the group disbanded in 2012, Damien made the decision to leave music. What happened next was a period of struggle with his identity and depression. He learned to find success in other non-creative endeavors.
Damien resumed playing violin and in 2013 released his first project as a solo artist “Sensual Melodies.” The album landed on the iTunes Top 100 chart; and served as a springboard for a successful national tour featuring him as the headliner. In addition to his musical talent, Damien Escobar continued to cultivate his ambitious spirit by penning and self-publishing his very first children’s book, “The Sound of Strings“; building his very own line of custom-designed violins; and establishing partnerships to develop a wine line, perfume, and fragrances, and a non-profit organization that would include a music program for children.
Damien went on to release his second album, “Boundless.” Growing into a self-conscious artist with more than a mission to make good music, Damien sought to inspire change and spread positivity by sharing uplifting messages and telling unfiltered personal stories to sold-out arenas across the world during his second tour. He continues to build his brand centered around making an impact and inspiring social change. Damien Escobar launched his global booking agency LCM Entertainment directing a catalog of clients’ careers and brand images.
In an exclusive conversation with the Chicago Defender, this talented creative opens up about the highs and lows he faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, what it feels like to return to the stage, and how he found joy again with his new upcoming Christmas Album.