Andy VargasDJ, Singer
You have likely heard his familiar and masterful soul tinged vocals for well over a decade. It was back in 2000 at the age of 19, when most young people are trying to figure out their lives, that Andy Vargas was pursuing his childhood dream, influenced by Pedro Fernandez, Luis Miguel, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Vargas was chosen to become the new vocalist of the Grammy award winning rock band Santana, lead by his musical hero, legendary guitarist and Rock and Hall of Fame Icon Carlos Santana.
Andy has been on nearly 20 world tours with Santana, selling out packed arenas across the globe. It has all been a dream come true indeed for the Mexican American soul entertainer from Watsonville, CA, who was inspired years ago when the singer saw Michael Jackson perform on television at the now famous Motown 25 th Anniversary celebration. “I remember watching Michael Jackson sing and dance around to Billie Jean and see how the crowd reacted. It gave me the chills and then and there I knew I wanted to do the same for people”, says Vargas.
Today, when he is not performing live on stage and giving audiences chills as a solo vocalist or lead singer for Santana, Andy is busy as a prolific DJ, writer, and producer crafting his own singles with a particular style, which he calls “Souleros Music”. The Souleros sound is really “The New Sound of Chicano Soul”, which is a mix of traditional Spanish/Latin ballads with soulful R&B. It’s like Low Rider meets Maserati. His music resonates, rising up from the barrio into the clubs and from the backyards to the parks. It’s clear with every rhythmic note that Andy is passionate about life and sharing the Souleros sound with the world. The underlying message of the music he says is, “release yourself from yourself and enjoy life until your last breath.”
With first hand insight regarding the ability of music to transcend barriers and uplift the soul, it comes as no surprise that the popular singer launched The Andy Vargas Foundation, to provide at-risk youth with life changing opportunities through learning about music. The program uses local and national mentors to educate, engage, and ignite the imaginations of students, to be motivated toward success by tapping into the power of music. Students learn that perseverance is the key on life’s road toward happiness and success. It’s an invaluable lesson that Andy Vargas learned some time ago and still shares with the world currently through his community outreach and songs.