Although expectations have grown high in recent years for El Vow, he is no stranger to the stage or the art of performing. “I got my first pair of turntables when I was twelve… the rest is history” says Vow. Born and raised in the Dallas sister city of Fort Worth, he is the product of two immigrant parents and a plethora of inner-city influences. Vow clearly remembers playing his fathers disco records on their home turntable. “I started recording at home with a rebuilt emachine using Kool Edit and a radio shack microphone I bought for $10.” Unfortunately for the party enthusiast, juvenile life was far from a perfect one. “I didn’t grow up in a good home, there was always trouble in my house…” Vow explains that growing up with an alcoholic father was troublesome and still haunts him at times. In the midst of a dysfunctional home life, a series of events took place that would eventually place Vow at a church on a Sunday morning, “I was a young teenager, but that day I made a vow to serve the Lord”. A “vow” he claims, can only be lived under grace.
To date, El Vow has been featured in several national tours along renowned artist such as Social Club Misfits, Derek Minor, Tedashii, KB and Grammy award winning artist Lecrae. The resume doesn’t stop there; in fact, El Vow travels extensively as a solo artist, stretching performances as far as Mexico City and New England. It’s the solo performances that have driven El Vow to continue to raise the bar and utilize other gifts that have been otherwise hidden from the public. These talents include public speaking, videography, photography, design and many others. “I don’t believe I should limit my creativity to just live performances, I’ve always enjoyed writing and recording”. El Vow began releasing exclusive music out for purchase as well as streaming, all of which carry a distinguishing style for his distinctive listeners. “I wanted to leave people with something more than just dope beats, I wanted to give them more substance” says Vow. These hidden talents have now placed El Vow on radio rotations in several major cities across the country, a move that has positioned him outside of the box. Vow’s musical influences include Hip Hop, EDM and deep latin roots, which he claims to slow cook and season with faith and humor. It is no wonder El Vow continues to leave audiences hungry for more.
Although the ingredients in Vows secret recipes may seem to be requesting a slice in today’s music industry. El Vow also concentrates on other important things aside from the creative arts. “I just want love my wife and kids before anything, serve people and love them to Jesus, art is just a fun way God has allowed me to do that.” Only time will tell if the up and coming artist will survive all the rigors of the road and the pressures of the music industry. Nevertheless, it is obvious that the young Texas Hispanic is causing panic throughout the nation and abroad. He sits on a solid foundation and owns a crate full of experience that will better equip him for tomorrow’s journey.