Rising star & 2018 one to watch Trinidad Cardona, the 18-year old Phoenix native whose viral hit “Jennifer” has amassed over 8 million streams and over 26 million YouTube views since last summer, and whose signing to Island Records/Run-It-Up Records was announced earlier this month via Billboard, releases his long-awaited new single “Dinero” today via all platforms.
“I’m very excited for the world to finally hear ‘Dinero,’” said Trinidad. “It’s the first single after ‘Jennifer’ and I’ve been working hard to make sure this one is perfect.”
Trinidad’s arrival at Island was “an undeniable, sign-him-on-the-spot situation where we just wanted to commit to him immediately,” said David Massey, President, Island Records, to Billboard at the time of the signing.
Tastemakers get their first taste of Trinidad’s live performance this week, as he joins fellow Phoenix native Alex Aiono for sold-out VIP showcase dates on the Cali-based Feels Like Tour at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco (Feb. 2nd); and Ace Of Spades in Sacramento (Feb. 3rd).
View the “Jennifer” video, directed by Yung Pedro: WATCH HERE
Wise and passionate beyond his years, with a taste for ’80s and ’90s R&B and reggae, singer, dancer, rapper, and heartthrob Trinidad’s (original) impromptu acapella freestyle croon about a fictitious girl named Jennifer became last summer’s biggest rookie grand slam. “Talent, character, and charisma are all essential elements that got Trinidad Cardona where he is today,” wrote Jacob Moore in Pigeons & Planes. “As a black/Mexican kid raised by two lesbian mothers [and a father in prison], and exposed to ignorance and adversity, Cardona has responded by embracing and promoting love and acceptance. His positivity is infectious, and his spirit is magnetic.” Read the in-depth Pigeons & Planes interview HERE.
“He’s got star qualities,” the interview summed up, “and the music to match, and as millions are getting exposed to it, they’re all agreeing that it’s something worth sharing.” Trinidad has a world of experience under his belt, too. “I want people to know that it’s OK to have tolerance, it’s OK for different people to be friends with each other – different religions, different sexual orientations, anything. It’s alright for everybody to be friends with each other. You just have to figure out a way to make things work.”