Damien Escobar: Breakthrough - 5PM - 11/7/21Sunday, November 07 2021 4:00 PM Doors / 5:00 PM Start
- Front Premier
Damien Escobar: Breakthrough - 5PM - 11/7/21
at City Winery Chicago
- 4:00 PM
- 5:00 PM
RESCHEDULED FROM NOVEMBER 7, 2020
Musician. Entrepreneur. Philanthropist. Humanitarian. Damien Escobar bears many titles and
puts no limits on what more he can achieve, making him one of the most prolific figures hailing
from Jamaica, Queens. And if you had any doubt about the Emmy-award winning breakout
violinist, his resume, which spans nearly two decades, humbly includes billboard chart-topping
albums, sold out global tours, collaborations with music legends, and more — an inspirational
success story that started with Escobar playing his violin on NYC subways. Proving his hustle,
drive, passion and unquestionable talent, are the pillars that hold up his ever-expanding brand.
Escobar’s life, like a rollercoaster, has been full of high highs and low lows. It was just 8 years
ago that Escobar hit rock bottom — facing homelessness and battling depression. But he
persevered and won the war by recommitting to his music and reclaiming his spot as one of the
top violinists in the world— garnering millions of fans, selling out four national and international
tours, and releasing two billboard chart-topping albums.
The NAACP Image Award nominee who rebuilt his career from the ground up through
grassroots movements fueled by his soulful mixtapes, now uses his platform, not only to share
his music, but to make a difference in the world. His first passion project was sparked by his
desire to help bridge the gap in the arts and culture sector for women and people of color. In
2018 The Gloria Gail Gallery opened its doors with a mission to diversify the arts world and
enrich the community. Escobar extended that promise with planned outreach programs for
youth and young adults provided by The Gloria Gail Foundation. Escobar knows firsthand that
the arts are an outlet, and as a high-risk youth, he plugged into it and his life was forever
transformed. Through his commitment and service to the community with The Gloria Gail
Gallery and Foundation, he looks to expose underserved youth to the arts, elevate emerging
artists, and celebrate established figures who’s stories inspire others.
Never one to be labeled as “just” a violinist, Escobar took to playing with other notes— perfume
notes. And in 2019 he released his first signature fragrance, H2H. His scent story resonated
with so many, it resulted in his site crashing the day of the launch. Needless to say, his
fragrance was sold out the day of its release. The sweet smell of success contributed to
Escobar’s plan to launch a new line, Awaken, in the fall of 2020.
While his career was on the rise, another area of his life began to decline. In 2019, the soul
stringer was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and was advised by his doctors to shut down all his
planned performances and projects. The disease nearly paralyzed him, but his passion for all
his initiatives helped him fight through the pain. Combatting Lyme Disease was just another
chapter of his story, and now his life will always be dedicated to spreading awareness to others
on how to prevent the disease.
From rebuilding his career to restoring his health, Escobar’s past allows him to connect with his
audience in a truly personal and authentic way. He does so through his music, live
performances, transformative work with his nonprofit organization, and initiatives like “I Thought
it was Just Me” podcast — a podcast designed to spread positivity and break down stigmas
surrounding mental health issues. No part of his life story has been wasted, Escobar takes
every success and failure to inspire others. And in 2020, the artist and entrepreneur has a clear
vision for the next steps in his career, as he’ll release three musical projects including a highly
anticipated Christmas album, and will kick off his "Breakthrough," an empowering musical event
that will motivate individuals to speak their truths to transform their lives. Many can learn from
Escobar’s emotional journey— that when life serves you the lowest of lows, you have to think,
believe and strive to achieve the highest of highs.
Follow Escobar on social media to continue his story.