You can immediately recognize the unique vocal tones of his voice as you listen. As you see him performing, you cannot escape noticing the relentless drive, pure talent and overwhelming determination of this artist. As you get to know him, you begin to understand his motivation and drive.
Born in San Salvador, Central America, Lue Lafe was raised surrounded by the sound of insurgents, revolution, Los Guaraguao, Jose Feliciano and cumbia music. Drawn to music and singing early as a child, by the age of nine he was already performing with his school’s choir, Liceo Salvadoreno’s Choir, the best Catholic Choir in Central America. At the age of 13, his parents sent him away to study abroad in the suburbs of Elmont, New York. Missing some transfer documents he couldn’t enroll in Elmont High and ended up going to Jamaica High school in Queens, Jamaica, where technicalities where not a big deal. The environment was different than a catholic school. “It seemed like students did whatever they wanted! Smoke a little herb, play congas and sing at the corner was the thing to do. In a predominantly Afro-American, Puerto Rican and Cuban school, nobody like me very much; until one day I got stop by one of the leaders of the pack and I was forced to smoke and then sing! Well, I did, I started to improvised in Spanish right there in the middle of the group of guys and next thing you know everyone laughed looking at each other and in a couple of minutes I was accepted! They wanted me to keep singing along. New York was great!”
Living in New York, Lue was influenced by salsa music, RnB and Disco which was what most people listen to in Jamaica; and also rock music, which was what his older cousin and his friends listen to back in Elmont. A couple of years later, Lue traveled back to San Salvador to find his country in the midst of civil war. The sound of machine guns and bombs was the sound of that time. Soon, San Salvador grew more unstable and Lue and his family fled to Arlington, Virginia. Leaving there for two years, he befriended a Chilenian rocker at Washington-Lee High School, who introduced him to Rush and lots of Spanish Rock. Going crazy with so many influences, Lue would spend every single dime he got on buying records. He was fascinated with all the diverse sounds of music.
As he matured, his vocal ability got him noticed. A leader of a popular band approached him with a proposition to join his band. Lue was blown away. Never mind the members were all in their twenties and plenty of travel was involved. Never mind the devastation of the civil war raging around them, tearing up the country and its people. Never mind the Lue 's parents did not approved. Lue was focused on the music.
Distance, it is said, heals the wounds so Lue decided to travel back to the U.S. This time, to Austin, Texas. His musical talents were quickly recognized, again. He became a member of a Cuban salsa band where he took over the lead vocals and started to write original material in no time. The group appeared through out Texas performing in places like Casa Blanca in San Antonio, El Coco Loco in Houston, Caribe in El Paso, and Club Islas in Austin, Tx, as well many others. His wildside character got him in trouble and soon Lue found himself fleeing to Los Angeles where he continued to perform tropical rhythms and pop ballads in many clubs through the city. He is very proud to have opened a memorial concert for Eddie Kendricks, the member of The Temptations, along such icons as Little Richard, Bobby Womack, The Supremes, Rick James and many others. Lue also appeared on televission broadcasts of Modelo Latina1996 and 1997, and Miss Teen U.S.A California 1996. It is around this time that he crossed path with Shad Rabbani, a successful writer producer, and the two hitted off really well. They co-wrote "Ole" which quickly became a #1 hit in Europe and Middle East. Lui then knocked them dead with his strong performances at L.A Premiere venues like the House of Blues, The Shrine Auditorium opening for Demis Russo and at the Gibson Amphitheatre opening for Algeria's own Cheb Khaled. All this led to even more collaboration on the hugely popular compilation Baila Habibi ,which is still selling strongly in all the major stores. In the year 2000, the album La Rumba Gitana was released thru Sony Discos under World/Latin. A major record release took place at Gitana, a night club in Burbank, California, were members of the Latin Media were present. Eventually, promoting this album in a U.S Tour that started there in Gitana and ended at the Latin Midem the International Latin Music Convention in South Beach Miami.
Lui, since then, joined forces with some other producers and have released many other musical projects. Like the sound track for Balladares Films’ Destino Incierto, shot in Mexico City, featuring actors like Yadira Carrillo and Arturo Peniche, Carlos Portugal’s Film East side story, voiceovers for Verizon Latino and many others.
Presently, Lue went on to obtained a B.A on Visual Effects and Motion Graphics at the Art Institute in Hollywood and just released three new albums in the last two years, "Este es mi Ritmo" which contains 15 new original songs, "Bohemia" where he sings Latin American bolero classics and a more eclectic one called MMXX; which means 2020 in Roman numerals.
Lue Lafe is a multi-talented singer, songwriter who firmly knows where he's going. He just wants you to share his experiences and passion for life through his music and arts.