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Hugo Vargas


Hugo’s musical background began at age 12 when he began playing the guitar.  He is a self-taught musician.  From age 12, to age 18 Hugo was playing guitar for worship at First Lutheran Church.


At age, 16 he began singing and started a Spanish pop/punk band called Nova Vega with some close friends and began creating original material.  They had a few successes with the band.  They played various house parties and local venues in the Inland Empire as well as the Whisky A GO GO in Hollywood.  They were televised several times in Fontana, which is their hometown.  They were on a Spanish TV show called "Tengo Talento" which is pretty much the Hispanic version of "Americas Got Talent,” where they met various celebrities in the Spanish community.  They were aired on live television nationwide several times with "Tengo Talento" and made it to the second to last episode of the season before being eliminated.  Hugo continued with Nova Vega until the age of 21, when he decided to no longer pursue fame.


Hugo has since been playing for the worship ministry at Sunrise Church Rialto, which he had joined at age 19.  His knowledge of music has since been expanding. He is a worship leader in the main worship services as well as a leader with the Young Adults Ministry, "The Refinery.”  Hugo also leads worship in all of the Sunrise Church campuses when a leader is needed.


Through Sunrise Church Hugo was asked to be a writer for "SoundsOfSunrise" where he experienced great opportunity along with new successes in music.  Hugo is part of a team that recently put out an album called "I Believe" in which he contributed four original songs.  Hugo’s song "Runaway" has since opened up knew experiences and opportunity.  SoundsOfSunrise shot a music video for the song that received great feedback.  The song was also submitted to the radio station 89.7 KSGN's "The Opening Act Contest" and won due to a combination of live voting and judge decision.  As a result, Hugo had the opportunity to perform "Runaway" at the sold out concert "Spirit West Coast.”  There Hugo shared the stage with big Christian music names like Mandisa, Rend Collective, Hillsong Young & Free, Matt Redman, Newsboys, and TobyMac.  Another written by Hugo titled “Greater Love” spent 10 weeks on the Cashbox and Record World Magazine Charts.  “Greater Love” reached to number 36 on the Gospel/Christian and 30 on the Adult Contemporary Charts.

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