Some say serene, some say strong. Some say demure, some say driven. There are many ways to describe Jai Rodriguez, a man in his early twenties who lives the life inspired by his dreams. He is known for both his successes on Broadway as well as his recent television role as the culture vulture on Bravo NBC's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and soon he will have music to add to his credits.
It all began on June 22, 1979 when Rodriguez was born on Long Island, New York. His artistry began with Community Theater and church performances, which led him to audition for and attend the Boces Cultural Arts Center, where he studied Musical Theater. Rodriguez recalls his experience by saying, "It is here that I really grew as a performer studying under various theater legends."
At the age of seventeen, while attending Boces Cultural Arts Center, Rodriguez's talent was noticed and he was asked to play the leading role of "Angel" for the world-renowned Broadway musical, "RENT." This role took him to Canada and later to the boards of Broadway in New York City, allowing him to pursue his dream of musical theater. After his time with "RENT," he went on to perform in several leading roles including "Zanna" in the hit show "Zanna Don't," and "Patrick Chibas" in the critically acclaimed Lincoln Center play "Spinning Into Butter" with Hope Davis.
While enjoying his theater success, Rodriguez began to be called into various television and film venues including a part in The New Guy for Revolution Studios and All My Children on ABC.
Amidst his Broadway and TV success, Rodriguez's ambition led him to create his own cabaret titled, "Monday Night Twisted Cabaret at XL," which ran in New York City for a year. The cabaret show was a success and there was a demand to hear more of Rodriguez's musical prowess. This led him into the studio to cut his first single titled, "Love Is Good," which went on to sell thousands of copies in support of the show. But his urge to record his own album at that time would have to wait as he was noticed in the cabaret show by producers from Bravo/NBC who were preparing to start a new show called, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
While his single began to sell rapidly and gain momentum on www.arriveateleven.com, receiving orders from as far away as Japan and Australia, Rodriguez was busy taping shows for Queer Eye where he brings his culture advice to the screen. The Bravo/NBC show is now an international phenomenon and due to his never-ending determination, he now also turns back to his other love, music. Rodriguez has returned to the studio to finish recording his debut album that will be released later this year. This upcoming album has Rodriguez working with the top producers in the business as well as re-teaming with the award winning production team of jACK (the sound behind "Love is Good"). It will be a musical picture of Rodriguez himself mixing pop/rock, R&B, and dance with some high-energy fusion in the mix.