Damien Escobar

Air Date: 07-01-13

On June 15th, 2013, EMMY Award winning violinist Damien “Dame” Escobar kicked off the summer by gracing the stage at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, raising $50K to help send underprivileged youth to summer camp. Escobar gives back to his community through his foundation called Violins against Violence, by sitting on the board of directors for the Jamaica, Queens YMCA, and participating in global charity initiatives for UNICEF.

He says, “As a kid growing up in Jamaica Queens, the YMCA offered me an outlet where I had a place to go to have positive influences and role models.”

At the tender age of 9, Escobar was accepted to the prestigious Julliard School of Music. Through Nuttin’ But Stringz, the violin duo of Damien and Tourie, the Escobar brothers went on to sell more than one million albums, earn two Emmy awards, perform for two U.S. presidents, place 3rd on season three of America's Got Talent, and secure endorsements.

Since embarking on his solo pilgrimage, Escobar has performed at high-profile events including Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Inaugural Ball and the Indy Car 2012 Championship Awards Banquet. The May 7th release of his mixtape, Sensual Melodies, set off a media firestorm, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. His new campaign going forward is themed, “I Am Me,” a mantra that describes his new philosophy towards life – and also doubles as the title of his new album and 2014 World Tour.

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