Rogelio Douglas Jr is currently the resident music artist at Palazzo Versace’s Q’s Bar. The R&B and soul artist is a performer at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Jazz Club in Los Angeles, where he regularly plays to sold out audiences.
The international singer, song writer also performs on US series Dancing With the Stars and has worked as an actor on TV series and a number of Hollywood films. His music is used in many shows including Empire, Deadliest Catch and Silicon Valley. Regelio will be bringing his music to the UAE for a two month residency at Q’s Bar, running until December 1.
What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
I make a cup of coffee and turn on my iPad simultaneously.
What do you love the most about your job?
It brings me great joy. I love to perform and entertain it’s actually quite therapeutic for me.
Tell us something unique about you…
I enjoy training in boxing and kickboxing, I’m a huge mixed martial arts fan. And I’m a Licensed Amateur Chief 2nd for Kickboxing. Basically I can corner amateur fighters as a chief 2nd.
What has been your most unusual day at work?
A fan at a show of mine was screaming lyrics to a song I was singing, it wasn’t in tune, a bit distracting… They proceeded to demand that they come onstage and sing a song with me bothering my drummer and the entire second act of my show. I never sang with them, they were quite upset and told me they were VIP and I was the first artist to ever turn them down. I respectfully told them it wouldn’t be fair to my audience, my band or the staff at the venue who put in many hours and sacrificed so they could have a great experience. That was by far rather unusual.
Three items you can’t live without?
Water, food, and music.
Complete the sentence: I’m happy when…
I spend time with loved ones and friends.
What do you do to relax and unwind?
I go to the spa.
What really annoys you?
Unfortunately people who think they know you, but don’t take the time to actually get to know me.
If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
I would tell my younger self to continue to work hard and don’t become complacent with success. No matter how hard the situation find a way to communicate. Also, when you find your tribe of likeminded individuals who want to see you succeed as bad as you want to see them succeed, love them hard and always support them. It takes a village to remain successful.
Did you have a plan B career path?
Yes I did, I went to school for broadcasting, technology and management. I’ve contemplated a career in radio, marketing and teaching the arts.
Who would you like to be stuck on a desert island with?
Hopefully the love of my life.
What’s your personal motto?
Stay encouraged, humble, gracious and to always create possibilities for success. The possibilities are endless.
How do you want the world to remember you?
Hopefully as someone who brought them joy, and shined a light of love for all humanity.
Soul artist and actor Rogelio Douglas, Jr. will be performing at Q’s bar, Palazzo Versace from until December 1.