Vincent Lujan - Denton, Texas
2nd Sunday of Advent - December 6, 2015 (Psalm 126: 1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6)
Vicente (Vince) Lujan is a bilingual liturgical musician and praise and worship leader. He has served as Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Thomas Aquinas in Pilot Point, as Youth Music Coordinator at St. Monica in Dallas & as Associate Youth Minister at Mary Immaculate in Farmers Branch, Spanish Music Coordinator at St. John the Apostle in Ft. Worth and as Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Michael’s in McKinney, TX. Through his work as a parish youth minister, workshops, presentations, professional musician at live music concerts and liturgies he has invited people to build and cross bridges that span the gap between the English and Spanish speaking communities within the church. Vince attended the University of North Texas where he majored in Jazz Studies and lives with his wife Charity and two daughters Elena & Violet in Denton, TX. He currently leads 2 masses on Saturday and Sunday evenings at St. Thomas Aquinas in Pilot Point, TX.
What inspires him to keep moving forward? - "In a word…music. In another…songs. To think that simple words and melodies can carry messages that move all of us on an emotional and spiritual level is a powerful force to contend with and one must make himself a servant of the music and decide whether to be an instrument of positivity or negativity. It's this dichotomy that inspires me to seek new heights with my music and discover what I can offer.”
There has always been music in the Lujan house. As a child, Vince first stumbled upon someone playing guitar at a studio where his mother played piano. Immediately drawn to the instrument, he began taking lessons in classical guitar. After two years, the studio closed and Vince studied on his own, immersing himself in classic rock n' roll, tejano and latin music on the home radio. He listened closely to the styles of Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the early Beatles. He maintained and improved his guitar skills by joining local church choirs. There he also began to develop his own style of vocal improvisation. He joined the band programs in junior high and high school, where he played the trombone. These experiences inspired Vince to form his own music groups, including Dead End Street Music, Natural Wood Finish, and Top Brass. At this time, he also began to compose songs and further develop his singing talent, in addition to learning the harmonica. Playing the trombone and guitar, he participated in jazz ensembles throughout high school and college. By this time, Vince’s guitar influences had changed to blues artisists, and he spent time emulating the styles of Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Carlos Santana, and most of all, the Dave Matthews Band.
Vince is part of the bilingual music ministry 'Jesus Team A' which was founded by long time friend and songwriting partner Manuel Bravo. Jesus Team A (Jesus Te Ama) - is an energetic bilingual praise and worship band. The group seamlessly blends Spanish and English songs and brings together faith communities from diverse backgrounds. By sharing personal faith journeys and exploring differences in cultural experience, the group is able to unite listeners as the body of Christ. Their message challenges participants to reach beyond personal borders and offer the unconditional acceptance that Christ offers to all of us.
Manuel Bravo and Vince Lujan have been serving as music ministers since they met in 2003 at Immaculate Conception Church in Denton, TX. Over the years they have appeared at countless churches and ministries to play for liturgies of all kinds, retreats, conferences, youth camps, Diocesan World Youth Day events, and have been asked to play for the Catholic Underground in both New York and Los Angeles. They work solo or as a duo or with the full band Jesus Team A, whose mission is to build bridges between different generations, languages, and cultures and encourage others to remember that by listening to each others stories, they encounter the living Christ in each and every one of us.
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