Jade was born and raised in the Tejano music capital of the world, San Antonio, Texas. The son of a U.S. Army officer and a stage actress, Estrada won a scholarship to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and sharpened his knowledge of his chosen profession. He studied dance (alongside Jennifer Lopez) with Slam, the lead dancer from Madonna's Blonde Ambition Tour among other notable teachers of the era.
While still at the conservatory, he briefly worked as an assistant to the famed actress Zoe Caldwell who once told him "in order to prepare for your career as an actor, you must do everything!" And that he did.
In 1994, he took home the prize for the Funniest Amateur Comic in New York at Stand-Up New York. He made his living as a choreographer by day (a craft that came very naturally to him) and performed as a singer, dancer, actor, writer and go-go boy by night. His main concern during this period was getting to one show to the next.
He began his pop music career as a member of the hip-hop group The Model Citizens. The group enjoyed a notable success, however, after several heated debates over who the lead singer was, Estrada ceremoniously left the group for Europe to pursue a solo career.
While searching for his niche, Estrada once again supplemented his income by playing major roles in high profile shows abroad such as the German production of Starlight Express, Ocean Dome in Japan and The George Gershwin Tribute Tour in Europe. He spent most of his time writing songs with JELS, a duo he formed with West End starlet Samantha Lavender. However, still desperately unfulfilled, he returned to America and to his theatrical roots debuting his one-man show It's Too Late... It's Already In Me at the 1997 Festival de Libre Enganche representing the United States to high acclaim.
During his stint as choreographer and lead dancer for Charo, he signed to Total Envision Records in 1998 releasing the hit single, Reggae Twist. He toured extensively performing with top names in the Latin Music world and became the first performer to open the Tejano Concert at Christiansen Stadium in Texas since Selena. He also gained an unusual popularity performing on the global beauty pageant circuit where he became known as the Prince of Pageantry. He was awarded the coveted Spirit Award from Pageantry Magazine in 2000, the 2001 Man of Distinction Award and the Presidential Award 2003 from the Miss Black World Organization and special awards from the Miss America Scholarship Program and the Miss Universe Organization.
In September 2000, he opened the doors to his own label and released his long-awaited debut album Angel (Vicarious) in February 2001. In 2003, Estrada was awarded a Timmy Award Nomination for Best Singer of the Year. He has shared the stage with Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Ricky Martin, Margaret Cho, RuPaul, Brooke Shields, and Jimmy Somerville and countless other fabulous stars.