The Jalen Project is..
The Jalen Project is..
A Spanish HIP HOP & R&B live band will be complimented by his Bachata dance music sound. The Roots meets Eminem, Jay Z, Kanye West fused with Aventura and Juan Luis Guerra poetry like lyrics.  The record is about Life’s triumphs, tribulations and love. The first song “Mi Vida…Mi gente” recounts the story of a DOMINICAN/AMERICAN immigrant family. The story of many Latino families, that arrived in the United States in the 1980’s with their pockets full of dreams.
Acosta’s last single was released under Island Def Jam Digital Distribution in 2011, and now with a single due out in 2016, he is going to be changing the sound of hip hop in Spanish forever under his on Record Label. The album will be a dual sided record. Inspired by his Dominican/American roots and will be featured as part of the soundtrack for the film EL RAPERO, currently in pre-production.
Jalen James Acosta is an American actor, musician, filmmaker, inventor and entrepreneur of Dominican descent and born in Queens, NY. Raised between Dominican Republic, Miami and educated in The School of Hard Knocks, Jalen James Acosta is a father, record producer, musician, cinematographer, philanthropist, dreamer and as of late, a self proclaimed “music technologist”.
A man who’s found answers by making tracks. Both physical footsteps and musical ones, he has trekked down many roads and picked up experience along the way. In the field of acting, he has performed in many plays including an Off-Broadway Production of Fame that was shortly followed by a break in the 1999 BBC film “NAVY”. His first major music break came in 1999 when Jalen was invited to perform on stage with Enrique Iglesias. Remix features followed with Latin superstar Thalia, multi-platinum Mexican group Guardianes Del Amor and legendary Celia Cruz’s remix of “Carnaval” for dance clubs.
In 2001 Mr. Acosta hosted the world launch of Microsoft’s X-BOX and Windows XP company keynote address at the American Airlines Arena in Miami in front of 21,000+ Microsoft employees, media and founders of the company. Mr. Acosta was chosen from thousands of applicants and auditions to host and perform Will Smith’s “Welcome to Miami” song. He received praise from all present including Mr. Bill Gates himself. Incidentally, 2 weeks later he found himself working as a standing for Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Mario Van Pebbles and Jeffrey Wright on the set of Michael Mann’s “ALI”.
In 2003, after falling off for a while and ending up back on the streets, Mr. Acosta created a production company, Wize Foolz Music, inc. Starting in 2003 and concluding in 2009, he traveled across Europe with his band, a Dominican-inspired fusion of Bachata/rock/hip hop, Toke D Keda (aka Toque D Keda). For nearly 10 years the group traveled from clubs to stadiums across Asia, Europe, the Americas and even down under, crowds have enjoyed his music and packed his concert. In 2005, Jalen earned enough money to buy his own recording studio equipment which allowed him to follow his long awaited dream of becoming a full time music producer, and help others pursue their dreams at the same time. Jalen went on to be recognized as a superb songwriter and producer of his music as well as the internationally famed Latin group, and is credited with pioneering and implementing Hip Hop into the Bachata genre along with his mentor in that genre Roy Tavare. Toke D Keda went on to be voted to Latin People Magazines’s 50 most beautiful people, sold millions of records & performed in 10 World Tours.
Jalen has had multiple credited roles on TV shows such as Burn Notice and made his Hollywood debut on David Rodriguez 2005 film “PUSH” along with Chazz Palminteri and Michael Rappaport. Mr. Acosta also founded myfirstsingle.com, a social networking platform for musicians that launched in July 2009 and went on to have 5 Million views in its first month, allowing for other technology investments. He followed this up by Co-Founding Lime Lion Holdings and tech company in Silicon Valley.
Jalen invested in several successful companies including a Miami Real Estate company D&G Business Service, Inc and a concert production company based out of Colombia, which produces concerts for some of the biggest superstars in the world; this November they will cap off the year with the “PITBULL Colombia Tour 2015” event, which will feature Missouri’s own Asia’h Epperson, a 2008 American Idol finalist now signed to Mr. Acosta’s World Artists United record label and brand management team. Since the beginning of his career, Jalen has been being discovered, featured and encouraged by the likes of Superstars like Enrique Iglesias, Laz Alonso, Juan Luis Guerra, Lenny Medina, Gerard Butler, Dwayne Wade, Wood Harris, Seven Aurelius, Shakir Steward, Sean Combs, Magic Juan, Vladimir Dotel Brandon Marshall & Roy Tavare among others. He has been providing audiences with a unique rapping style and has appeared in over 50 advertising campaigns and major commercials for Fortune 500 companies such as Dewards, Bud Light, Burger King, Skittles & Coca Cola among other notables. He has been the voice behind the raps of major radio commercials for NISSAN, SPRINT and events such as ESPN’s Volleyball World Championships.
His company HighDef Dreams has produced over 100 diverse videos, from comedic and corporate shorts & promos, to awe and inspiring short films and documentaries. Clients include Sony Entertainment, Dwyane Wade, “Wade’s World Foundation” & Dwyane Wade Sr’s PropPops, BeeFree Media, Avicii, Brandon Marshall, Fat Joe, Magic Juan, News Cafe among others. Mr. Acosta biggest passion is to work tirelessly with non-profit organizations, he is passionate about the fight to eradicate illnesses and promote equal education opportunities. For the last 3 years, Mr. Acosta has been teaching a film program for the City of Miami’s Youth at a Summer Program at iTech, a magnet school, which empowers inner city youth interns to learn, grow and get prepared for immediate and future jobs within the film and music industry. He finished off 2014 with their production of his first feature film “Unrealistic”. In 2015, along with Urgent Inc Jalen produced several projects for the City of Miami including a short film and three PSAs. He’s next challenge to himself? He wants to bring his international career to Hollywood. In 2015 he decided to utilize his international ties, production skills and network to finally launch one of his biggest dreams, the record label he always envisioned…And so WORLD ARTISTS UNITED was founded in the City of Los Angeles.