Lucero Davalos practices at her home on Wednesday in preparation for Saturday’s City Celebration at Master’s Books and Gifts in Clovis. Lucero said this will be the first big event at which she will perform. Freedom Newspapers: Lisa Sonnenschien.
By Helena Rodriguez
When Lucero Davalos walked away from a truck rollover near Floyd last September without a broken bone, she told Jesus to do with her life as he wanted.
From there, the 17-year-old said things just seemed to fall in place when she began taking a more active role with her father Abraham’s Spanish music group, Los Padres. She began singing a few songs at Mass at St. Helen’s Catholic Church and by the summer of 2003, Davalos headed to Odessa, Texas, to record a solo, full-length Christian CD in Spanish.
The CD, “Eterna Gratitud” was recorded at Muzik Studios in Odessa and is getting airplay on Spanish Christian radio stations in El Paso and other parts of Texas, including KMUL in Muleshoe.
Davalos is one of 16 acts scheduled to perform on Saturday during the City Celebration at Master’s Books and Gifts in Clovis. She will sing at 4:20 p.m. The City Celebration is a follow-up event to the “It’s Your City – Take It Back II” Crusade, which began Thursday and continues today at Marshall Auditorium.
“I prefer to sing religious music,” said Davalos, who is senior class president at Floyd High School. “That accident led me to be the Christian I am now.”
On the day of her accident, Sept. 2, 2002, Davalos said she was driving home, too fast, from a volleyball practice.
Instead of playing sports, Davalos said she now drives straight home after school and works on her music.
“The life I lived before and the life I live now is totally different,” Davolos said. “I was not as devoted to God as I am now.”
Davalos has been asked to sing secular music, but said she prefers to stick with religious.
“You tend to grow in your faith and can get to people by singing religious music. You never know what lives you are going to touch,” she said.
Davalos and her father went on a mini music tour in Mexico this summer, taking their Spanish Christian music to places in Jalisco, including San Miguel de Alto Jalisco and Jalostotitlan.
Davalos’ music is a mix off traditional Norteño Mexican music and grupero, with a bit of a pop flair, using saxophone, accordion, bass and drums.
“I lot of people tell me my music reminds them of Selena,” Davalos said. “I have had good response to my music. Even people who don’t understand Spanish and the lyrics say they still like it.”
Two songs on her CD, “Eterna Gratitud” and En Su Nombre Vencere,” have proven particularly popular.
Her father, Abraham, said he noticed Lucero had talent since she was little.
“Lucero was always singing, but when she started singing Christian music, that was when I realized she really could do something with it,” Abraham said.
As for Davalos, she plans to go to college and major in accounting, but she wants to continue making Spanish Christian music as well.
Other acts scheduled to perform at Saturday’s “It’s Your City – Take it Back II” Crusade, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., include: Isaac Godwin, Matthew 6:33 Academy, Exit North, RAE, Zuigia, Unity Choir, FXP, Jon and Cheryl Forrest, Matthew & Bubba, Psalm 100 Ministries, Called Out of Darkness (a.k.a. COD), TEST and Cyrus.