- Rhythm acoustic/electric guitars and Lead Vocals.
Art grew up partly in Pico
Rivera and Anaheim, CA. Art is from a large family of eight brothers
and sisters, where Christ was the center of their lives. At age 11,
Art took piano lessons (at the request of his parents and a church teacher).
A few months into his piano lessons, he told his instructor he really
wanted to play the guitar and begged his parents to buy a guitar as
soon as they could afford one for him. Soon after that, Art quit his
piano lessons and got his wish and received his first guitar and began
his quest to improve his skills on his own with no teacher.
A few years later, at age
13, Art started his own "rock" band and so he did with his three other
brothers. They formed the band they called Crystal Waters. Basically,
the band only did local church gigs, youth functions and camps. Shortly
thereafter, the band went different directions, everybody went off to
different colleges and that was the end of the band. For a five long
years, Art put the guitar and singing aside and studied architecture
at Cal Poly Pomona University, CA. After finishing his schooling and
graduated with a BS degree in Architecture, he began working hard in
his field and realized that something was missing. In 1994, while attending
Saddleback Valley Community Church, he was inspired to get involved
on the "worship team" that lead others in worship. He ended up meeting
Joey Heshion (previous lead guitarist on B.O.H.) in one of the groups.
While serving on the different groups, Art felt that he needed to get
back to his first love of playing his guitar, writing new music and
sharing them with a crowd at large. He realized that he needed to move
outside the walls of singing to the "choir", and reach out to the crossover
sector of the life, the people outside the walls of the "sanctuary."
He wanted to be out there were the "rubber meets the road," as
Art has put it many times before.
1996, after getting together several times, Art and Joey Heshion began
the band that they now call "B.O.H." (BridgeOfHope). The two started
off doodling with some blues-rock ideas, and B.O.H. took off from there.
Art wanted the band to grow from merely doing rock tunes to writing
and doing a wide variety of eclectic styles that encompasses alternative
and hard rock music in a whole new way. Art's musical influences have
a wide range from Pink Floyd to Black Sabbath, U2 to RedHotChiliPepers,
Nirvana to Collective Soul and from LifeHouse to Dave Mathews Band.
They are certainly a band to be listened to, and that's one thing Art
inspired to do . . .
In March, 2004 B.O.H. ended
up winning the category for "Best Hard Rock Band" of the year
at the OCMAs (Orange County Music Awards) for the song "RIPPLEaffect",
which was producer by the band and Bob Burch. To say the least, the
award opened more doors in main stream, and Christian circles alike,
which has been providing more opportunities to play at larger and more
influential night clubs. But however poplular the band will get, Art
believes in sticking to their vision, which is about communicating a
message of Love, Mercy, and Grace in a different tone of that of traditional
church music through their own form of hard rock music. Art's belief
and purpose of the existence of the band, in Art's own words "is not
simply about fame, popularity, or money . . . it's about getting an
optimistic message across to others through the music and lyrics we
present, in this day and age that we live in", as well as doing great
music that a wide audience would love and enjoy. Also, the most important
thing Art wanted to do is to do what he loves most and that is playing
and singing, in an alternative-rock band that would share his faith
to the world at large.
SIDE NOTES . . .
Art tends to seem reserved and introverted, but as he says "I may seem
like I am quiet, but when you get to know me, I am intense and passionate
about life." He describes himself as an optimistic person, especially
about the future. "As long as we can always speak from the deepest part
of our hearts and be real, we can improve on our relationships with
those around us," said Art. "I like to have fun, but I also like to
be responsible to my brothers in need around me," he continued. Besides
being in B.O.H. and practicing architecture (his "day job"),
Art likes to do many outdoor things (i.e. body-boarding, snowboarding,
mountain biking, ocean kayaking, basketball, etc.), anything fun.
Bands: Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Lifehouse, Audioslave, AudioAdrenaline, Creed,
Puddle Of Mudd, Dave Matthews Band, Collective Soul and . . .
Movies: All Matrix movies, Back to the Future I, II and III, Field of
Dreams, The Rookie, It's a wonderful Life, The Lord of the Rings trilogy
and Passion of the Christ. . .
sports Teams: Dodgers, Angels, Vikings, Lakers, USC and now Mark Sanchez's
Jets. . .
heros: Greg Brady, My Dad and Mom, and Jesus Christ
Influences : Rock, hard rock, some metal, grunge, swing, Jazz, classical,
acoustic, folk, blues, punk, emo, and some pop rock. . .
Fender Fat-Mexican Strat and Fat-Mustang
Fender Twin (all tube) Power amp
Cabs: Peavey Triple XXX - 412 Cab half-stack
Clayton USA (.80 mm), Fender (Med.)
Email Art at firstname.lastname@example.org