JD first developed his love for music at the age of eight years old. His first instrument was the accordion which then transferred to the guitar that led him to master many other instruments. He did his first album at the age of eighteen in 1979 which he wrote and produced. From that point is when he opened his first musical retail store in 1989 in Levittown, Long Island. Then after many years of success he decided to sell the business around 2004 and focus on the show “MINDFREAK”.
Even though JD had a passion for music his true hobby was collecting vintage cars. The first classic “muscle” car was the 1974 Barracuda which his father purchased for him. The second classic car that his father agreed to buy him was a 1969 Corvette. But all this generosity was bestowed on him if JD did well in his studies. Hence, JD lived up to his end of the bargain. To this day he owes it all to his father who unfortunately passed away from stomach cancer thirteen years ago. His mother, wife Lynn and daughter Dimitra are still major supporters in everything he does.
Even though he was never really mechanically inclined he always had an eye for classic rare cars. He has always done major research on which cars he was interested in making sure they are rare, and unique as possible. But between going back and forth to Las Vegas with the show “MINDFREAK” it side stepped him from his hobby. Yet that soon changed when his friend Gary Lockel, turned him on to it again.
JD SarantakosHe went on to host auctions and auto shows and is gearing up to host one of the largest auto shows in the country. The show is entitled the GM NATIONALS in Carlisle, PA .
The MINDFREAK show which has become a family event is a product of its success. His brother Criss Angel first acquired the “magic” bug when his Aunt Stella showed him a card trick. That card trick inspired him to follow his vision and dream to lead him to become and voted “the magician of the century”. JD not only became involved in the music but his music was incorporated in a couple of soundtracks.
In the beginning JD along with his brother Costa offered their services by putting the stages up and down and whatever else was needed to be done. For a few years in the beginning JD intertwined his music with Criss’ magic. JD at this point heads up the Criss Angel Merchandise Brand worldwide.
11/22/16 Special guest performance on Behind The Music With Christina Spano is JD
and he will be bringing a guest of his own. A young lady who is only 14 years old but a powerhouse of a singer that JD is now representing in the music industry.
Her name is Kassidy Rose his new protege'. She will be performing live on Christina's show and being introduced by JD who will be managing this newly discovered talent who resides here on LI.
11/26- Boulton Center JD Sarantakos & Gene Cornish of THE RASCALS
11/27-12/1 - Sands Casino (8 shows) Tony Orlando Great American Christmas Show
& JD Sarantankos