Native Texan and Tejas Kings founder Mario Torres, began playing guitar while living in Navasota, the "Official Blues Capital of Texas."
Over the years Mario has worked with several cover bands most notably "The Hidden Image" and "Shagnasty." During his cover band apprenticeship he performed at many dance halls, clubs, and regional events including the historic Swiss Alps, Gruene Hall, and Texas World Speedway.
After moving to Dallas, Mario began working with secular bands and Christian bands in the north Texas area. It was during his time in Dallas, Mario had a supernatural life changing encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. As a result he had decided to dedicate his talents solely to Christian music. But his love of Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, and Stevie Ray Vaughn remained. Worship services were often filled with Hendrix feedback, melodic Santana guitar solos, the Edge's echo polyrhythms, and Stevie Ray Vaughn's hot Texas blues. If you can imagine the sound of a mass choir with Hendrix, Santana, and Stevie Ray, it was heavenly. Pastor Steve Solomon and Rohn Bailey Riverwalk Fellowship Saturday night worship services were legendary.
Mario has performed on Daystar Christian television and has been featured on Dallas Power FM Christian radio. He has also performed in New York City with gospel legend Dorothy Norwood, Cynthia Greene of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Phillips Craig and Dean, MTV pop diva Mikaila, Ted Pearce, Big Methuselah, Rohn Bailey, and Gregorian Rock.
Mario began writing and producing original music in 2005 and released his first instrumental CD "Sojourn" in 2007. "Sojourn" featured a melding of Santana guitar with electronica, ambient, and chill soundscapes. He continued further exploring the Santana and electronic mix and released additional tracks over the years. A stand out song "Ahora" is the perfect melding of organic and electronic.
In 2010 Mario founded his band Tejas Kings. The band performed at various events and venues in north Texas for several years. What stared out as a secular cover band morphed into a secular, Christian cover/original band.
Finding musicians who love Jesus and love secular music was difficult and band personnel often changed. A tradition which continues to this day.
Having spent many years working in Christian music, Mario realized that most of popular contemporary Christian music was shallow. It all sounded the same, same lyrics, same guitar style, same arrangement, same everything. "Christian elevator music." So he decided to focus on writing honest music about the true human experience. It has been said, "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience." For example, the song "Redemption", speaks about knowing what is right, but not doing what is right. But there is also a humorous side of life, ala "Mean Woman Blues."
Tejas Kings occasionally performs at events in Texas, showcasing Tejas Kings original music and guitar heavy blues and classic rock covers.
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it's a Texas thang...
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Be blessed everyone and stay safe.
Hopefully I will get out and play some music in 2021!