Now residing in San Diego, Joe_V began his musical roots in the suburbs of the Bay Area in the small town of Daly City. Singing for his school choir, he has always loved how music made him feel. And it wasn't until he watched the greatest performer of all time, Michael Jackson, on Motown's 25th Anniversary that Joe_V aspired to follow in MJ's footsteps and become an entertainer. But like any other kid, that dream was short-lived and eventually forgotten. When Joe_V reached his senior year in high school he met up with a few of his school friends and started an acapella group consisting of five members. This happened shortly after Boyz II Men debuted their first hit single "Motown Philly". Joe_V knew from then on that he wanted to be a part of music.
The high school group went on to receiving local recognition as they performed all over the Bay Area. A local music producer Alex Marlowe - whose works tied in with a local TV show called Home Turf - approached the group and became their manager. They went on and headlined at several music venues performing at S.F. Civic Center, Cow Palace, UC Berkley, and Westlake Auditorium, and eventually taking first place at the Apollo West Talent Show. Unfortunately a year and a half later the group disbanded and each individual went on their separate ways.
Feeling like the world came down on him, Joe_V decided to move to San Diego. After several months living there he met his soon-to-be choir and was introduced to a young lady, whom he dated and later married. During their courtship, the young couple found that they had a lot in common, especially in music. They eventually became duet partners since then to present times.
Also, since Joe_V’s move to San Diego, he had met several local talents and it wasn’t long till he formed a new singing group whose life span did not last only because he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Now on active duty, he would display his own singing talents in every country he visited at local karaoke bars and clubs. During his career he sang the National Anthem on board the USS Nimitz and placed 3rd on the USS Ronald Reagan Tiger Cruise Talent Show. Then four years later he decided to explore the world of music production.
With his newfound hobby, it didn’t take long before it became something serious. As soon as he gained confidence of being an amateur sound engineer, he ventured out and started recording local acts consisting of Hip-Hop, R&B, Christian, Pop, Rock, Blues, and Country genres. He worked and did collaborations with the likes of Sons of Triple Star, Yung Shep, J-Moe, D-Fella of Triple Star, Leah, Marjorie Bautista, Myraed David, BNP Senior Choir, SD Youth Ministry, Rick Miller, Jason Driggs, Liza Espinelli, Joe “Pops” Ramos, Chris “Keys” Lee, and Bugoy of Almost Islanders to name a few. When his time in the Navy ended, he went on and did contract work overseas where it landed him in Afghanistan.
It was then that he honed his gift for music. He later was introduced to Doug Rogers of Big Fella Production/Faith Studios from Virginia, where Joe_V’s talent then unleashed. He went on and did collaborations with various Army soldiers/rappers writing and recording “hooks” for them as well as engineering their music. The irony of it all is that in spite of him being in a war zone, he was able to find inspiration to write and create his music that he currently shares today. And during his short stay there he also collaborated with nationwide local artists such as: Mike Bacallo, Wayne Dolvig, Tray Vital, Lloyd Mendoza, Raul Sanchez, Sope of Indieheat, ICEBURG, Ash, Lil’ Chad aka Young’n, Fli-T, Beas, and JAHG. But the highlight of all these was his collaboration with an overseas Hip Hop sensation One Son. Their hit single “All Night Long (MJ Tribute)” has gained them overseas acknowledgment on 16 radio stations across the UK, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia.
So what’s next for Mr. Joe_V? Get discovered by a record “exec”? Do worldwide tours? Maybe win a Grammy? Who knows…. we’ll just have to watch and wait as he takes us on his musical journey….