Zacardi Cortez

Gospel Singer

Born and raised in Houston, Zacardi Cortez began his music career as a member of his family's gospel group, the Cortez Singers. He later began singing under the mentorship of John P. Kee, who recruited Cortez for his V.I.P Mass Choir. After guest appearing on Kee's 2005 release, Live at the Fellowship, the vocalist led James Fortune and FIYA to their first Top 20 hit with "The Blood," and took the number-one spot on Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs chart for 14-weeks straight as the lead man on their 2010 smash "I Believe." The praise singer subsequently released his debut album, The Introduction, in 2012, spawning the hit single "One More Time." (Photo: Earl E. Gibson III/BET)