About Zacardi Cortez

One of the most talked about voices in gospel music today belongs to 25-year-old singer, Zacardi Cortez. Over the last half dozen years, Cortez’ big voice and spine-tingling vocal gymnastics have distinguished James Fortune & FIYA’s radio smashes “I Believe” and “The Blood,” and made him one of the most sought-after singers in the business today for concerts and work in touring musical plays in this age of auto-tune stars. Now, he’s stepping into the spotlight with his own Top Ten radio smash, “One More Time,” a rousing duet with his mentor, Pastor John P. Kee. Houston's Own Zacardi Cortez Biography


Born September 17, 1985 in Houston, TX, Cortez hails from a singing family of faith. He began singing at the age of five in church and worked the Texas gospel circuit with his family, The Cortez Singers. Later on, John P. Kee, adopted him as a spiritual son and began mentoring him. For a while, Cortez sang with Kee’s V.I.P. Mass Choir and sang a solo on the CD, Live at the Fellowship, in 2001. He later made guest shots on recordings by Kurt Carr, Bishop Paul S. Morton and Pastor Gregg Patrick & the Bridge Project.


Then, circa 2006,Blacksmoke Media Worldwide CEO, Kerry Douglas,Kerry Douglas Is the CEO of BLACKSMOKE MUSIC WORLDWIDE Known for Breaking New Artist He Has Done it again with the most sought after talent in the Gospel Industry, Zacardi Cortez discovered Cortez and recruited him to sing the lead single, The Blood,” from James Fortune’s sophomore CD, The Transformation. The traditional styled song was a showcase for Cortez’ vast vocal range and gave Fortune his first Top 20 national radio hit. He has since recorded on all of Fortune’s subsequent CDs. His volcanic vocals, alongside those of Shawn McLemore, ushered Fortune’s track “I Believe” to #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart for 14 weeks and earned them coveted TV performances on BET’s “Celebration of Gospel” and BET’s “Sunday Best” programs.


All of the buzz about Cortez’ old school vocal acrobatics have earned him celebrity fans ranging from soul singer John Legend to Le’Andria Johnson. On May 22, 2012, Blacksmoke Media Worldwide will debut Cortez’s CD debut, Zacardi Cortez: The Introduction. The first single, “One More Time,” is currently #5 on Billboard’s gospel chart. The set features both new and old school gospel tracks with cameos by Donnie McClurkin, Lalah Hathaway and Kierra Sheard. “Zacardi is one of the best singers on this planet,” says Douglas. “When people hear this album, they will understand why Zacardi is gospel’s next big superstar.”


For more information:

Visit www.mrkerrydouglas.com or www.zacardicortez.com.


  1. May 6, 2012

    We are all sooo excited to see your career taking off.. Htown and all of the @Noegosmovement is behind you.. Let em have it cardi

  2. May 8, 2012

    I would like to say welcome to all the ventures you will have!! I have LOVED hearing your voice on James Fortune&Fiya’s cds!!! You are a Force to be reckoned with!! God Bless you!!!!!

    Nikita Henderson
    Galveston, TX

  3. May 11, 2012

    zacradi cortez is one of the most inspiring gospel singers of today..

    LE’andria johnson & zacradi cortez need to make a cd together

  4. May 21, 2012

    I experienced the ministry of Zacardi Cortez on May 19th. He was a guest artist during the Rickey Smiley’s Laugh & Shout comedy tour. When I tell you that Mr. Cortex ushered in the GLORY OF GOD. I thoroughly enjoyed his ministry. It blessed my socks off….and I still cant find them. Lol. I pray he will be able to come back to Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, TN and bless us again. I was unable to secure my CD after the comedy show but I will be sure to pick up a couple of copies and share them with my friends.

  5. May 30, 2012

    Zacardi, This is Mama, I knew when you step onto the Stage God had you in the palm of his Hands, I saw the success Bloom like a Flower,Stay Focus and God will Do The Rest. I love you Son. Ride the Wave.

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