Santana Vocalist Helps Disadvantaged Kids Aspiring to the Music Industry

By Bianca Rae Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – Twenty minutes before a big show, you’ll find Andy Vargas in the green room doing three things: putting on all of his jewelry, using his essential oils for relaxation and calm, and then sitting down to call his three kids and say goodnight.

“I think I just connect to kids. There are a lot of kids that don’t have direction or mentors and need inspiration. That’s my goal,” said Vargas.

Vargas has been the lead singer for legendary rock band Santana for the last 20 years. When he’s not with the band selling out arenas across the globe or performing at their current residency in Las Vegas, he’s performing Latin soul songs with his own band, Souleros, at local spots all over L.A.

Music is clearly his life, and always has been.

“It was my outlet as a child and it still is. Music will always be there for you, that’s why it’s so important for me to be able to pass it on,” he said.

He does that through his own non-profit, the Andy Vargas Foundation. He started it four years ago to mentor underserved kids who strive for a career in the music industry, with friends and bandmates of his helping as well.

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Santana lead vocalist Andy Vargas to release debut solo single on March 15 ahead of ‘Supernatural Now’ tour

Andy Vargas struck world-wide fame over a decade ago when he became the lead singer for the iconic rock band Santana. Twenty world tours later, Vargas is stepping out on his own with an up-tempo, soul-rock, Spanish-language single, ‘El Beat’, dropping March 15 and ‘The Beat’, the English-language version on March 29 on Hip Spanic & Souleros Records.

‘El Beat’ showcases Vargas’s and Souleros’ brand of soul music influenced by funk and R&B and will be dropped in conjunction with four Mexico concerts in Mexico City, Puebla, Guadalajara and Monterrey (3/17-3/23) on Santana’s current ‘Global Consciousness’ tour, including March 17 at the Vive Latino Festival in Mexico City.

“It is such a privilege to be recognized by the world as the voice for the legendary Santana. For many years, I have performed alongside of my mentor Carlos who has always taught me to reach greater lengths in my career. I have learned so much about music through world cultures and have been influenced by world class artists I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with over the years. It’s an honor to now showcase my own music, which I consider to be the sound of the ‘New Chicano Soul’, alongside my band Souleros,” said Vargas.

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