Salvador Bio - ChristianMusic.com
Stores * Salvador
Born out of a makeshift praise and worship band
of preachers' kids, leader Nick Gonzales has no qualms in telling
of Salvador's humble beginnings at their home church in Austin.
But, a little perseverance and a lot of practice
paid off. Before long, the trio of Nick, older brother Art Gonzales
and cousin Josh Gonzales had become Sunday regulars, leading their
fellow church members in worship in a way that would make any
preacher proud. This new generation in a long line of charismatic
preachers and singers proudly continued the tradition of making
a joyful noise. As their popularity at church grew, the talented
group expanded their member roster and ventured outside of their
church, taking their unique sound around the coffeehouses in Austin,
and soon to larger gatherings around the country. Eventually bigger
and bigger concerts came their way, including music festivals,
youth conferences, and an invitation from evangelist Nicky Cruz
to bring their musical fire to his crusades.
Salvador's membership grew to include conga-player
and percussionist Eliot Torres, who had previously played in another
Austin-based band, and keyboardist Adrian Lopez, who claims he
knew joining the band was "the right thing" to do after
An appearance at a gospel music festival in Lukenbach,
Texas, won the now local-favorites band a new fan--manager Michael
Smith of Nashville, Tennessee. Smith, who hadn't even planned to attend
the concert originally, couldn't leave the room once Salvador
started their set. Captivated by the band's raw talent and electric
energy, he offered the wide-eyed Texas lads a management contract
on the spot, and within a mere two weeks, Salvador had also signed
agreements with Myrrh Records, Word Publishing, and the Jeff Roberts
booking agency. In the year that followed, Salvador finished work
on an independent live recording and performance video, taped
at their city's world famous "Austin City Limits," while
Myrrh began the process of mining for the gold within them.
Ranging in age from a mere eighteen all the way
to twenty-nine, the men of Salvador might like to party, but they
are also truly your boy-next-door charmers.
The group's striking
young frontman, Nick, 22, grew up in the church and in fact, finds
spending time with his pastoring parents one of his favorite things
His brother Art, 29, gave up a full-time job, and even
made a temporary move with his wife and three-year-old daughter
back into his parents' home, to help start building the Salvador
Josh, 19, a cousin to the Gonzales brothers and fellow
PK, is another church boy, who considers faith, his family, and
music to be the three most important things in life.
year old percussionist Eliot Torres adds a "Puerto-Rican"
rhythmic flavor to his Mexican compadres' sound, and shares his
bandmates' love for the church.
Keyboardist Adrian Lopez, 18,
who ventured from his San Antonio home to join the Austin ensemble,
was already serving as a praise and worship leader in his own
home church before lending his talents to Salvador.
Together, the best friends of Salvador have created
something of a phenomenon. Taking the popular musical sounds they've
loved (including a "Christian-music-only" house rule
while growing up) and some of today's hottest musical styles,
Salvador brings the idea of vertical pop music to a whole new
1. LORD I COME BEFORE YOU
2. DAVID DANCED
4. AIN'T IT GOOD
6. CRY HOLY
8. NOW IT MOVES
9. ALABAR AL SENOR
11. WITH GOD