Entreneato with Matt Neff


80: “Popping and Talking” Business with The Real Rico Suave AKA Pastor Gerardo Mejia

February 21, 2018

The year was 1991 and a song called “Rico Suave” made it’s way to Number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. I sit down today with THE Rico Suave AKA Gerardo Mejia!

Pastor Gerardo Mejia, a native of Ecuador, moved to Southern California with his family at 12 years old. He would soon become an overnight success in the film and music industry. Gerardo appeared in numerous television and film roles, most notably for his leads in “Can’t Buy Me Love” with Patrick Dempsey and "Colors" with Sean Penn.  He would soon become known all over the world for his song “Rico Suave” from the top selling album, “Mo Ritmo”.  After Gerardo’s success as an artist, he continued to work behind the scenes as an A&R Executive for nearly a decade. He was responsible for procuring and closing the signing of Enrique Iglesias and was the A&R for his first two English albums. 

Gerardo was also the first artist ever signed to Interscope Records before the days of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Pastor Gerardo and get a tour of his church, studio and home. We discuss his early days growing up, being featured on the show Dance Fever, Santa Barbara, and the new HBO documentary “The Defiant Ones”. We also talk popping and locking, the story behind the Rico Suave song and music video and his decision to go into ministry. 

For more information on Gerardo check out his church’s website at: https://www.houseofgraceusa.com

Pastor Gerardo’s Church House of Grace in Ashland, Kentucky


Questions featured in today’s interview:

If you could leave your (children, mentee,) with absolutely no resources, but only one piece of guidance, what would it be?

When did you know that “this” is what you wanted to do for the rest of your life?

What's the greatest asset for success?

What are the top 5 apps you use on your phone every day?

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

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