Bio

About Grupo Vida aka The Electric Cowboys...



Over the course of this extraordinary career, Vida, aka, The Electric Cowboys has received multiple awards in some of the country’s major music categories, including Three Grammy Nominations, over 1,000,000 views on YouTube and a top eight-7 million vote finish on CMT’s Music Madness Video Contest.

This charismatic group’s passion for music and performance is fueled by dedication, hard work and team-effort. These efforts allow Vida to continue to produce their brand of live performance to the thousands of fans that have come out to their concerts.

Vida toured with the Dixie Chicks on their “Fly” Tour which also included opening acts Patty Griffin, Willie Nelson, Ricky Skaggs and Joe Ely. The group has also enjoyed the privilege and opportunity of sharing the stage with country music greats such as; Jo Dee Messina, Clay Walker, Toby Keith, SHeDAISY, Kevin Fowler and many other great country acts. And, of course, have shared the stage with their Tejano friends, Little Joe, Bob Gallarza, Texas Latino, Emilo and Raulito Navaria, Joe Bravo, Jay Perez and many, many more Tejano greats.

This down to earth band of brothers consists of:

 
Jason Martinez:  Lead Vocalist, Electric & Acoustic Guitar
Tim Villanueva:  Drums/Percussion/Vocals
Michael Molini:  Keyboards/Vocals
Manny Gonzalez:  Bass/Vocals




Vida received a nomination for “Best Album” at the 47th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and a Nomination for Best Album at the 10th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.


Some of Vida’s awards:

1998 “TTMA SHOWBAND OF THE YEAR”
1999 “TEMA SHOWBAND OF THE YEAR”
1999 “TEMA DRUMMER OF THE YEAR”
1999 “TEMA MALE ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR”
2004 “TTMA RISING BAND OF THE YEAR”, "GRAMMY NOMINATION"
2005 “TTMA SHOWBAND OF THE YEAR”
2005 “SXSW TEX MEX BAND OF THE YEAR”
2005 “TTMA GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR”
2005 “GRAMMY NOMINATION”
2005 “BEST TEJANO/CONJUNTO GROUP OF THE YEAR” By Current Magazine
2009 "TTMA DRUMMER OF THE YEAR"
2009 "GRAMMY NOMINATION"

2014 "TEJANO GLOBE BAND OF THE YEAR"


Vida’s Discography:

“VIDA” WITH THEIR 1 HIT.. “SIN BUENAS CONDICIONES”
“SIN CONTROL” WITH THE TOP 5 HIT “MUJERES, MUJERES”
“SANGRE PARA TI”, FEATURING “COMO VIVIRE”
“ELECTRIC COWBOYS”, WITH HIT SINGLE “CUANDO, CUANDO”
“VIDA VIVO” GRAMMY NOMINATED LIVE ALBUM
“ULTIMO SEGUNDO” WITH HIT SINGLE “TOMAS, TOMAS”
“PRISONER OF THE HONKY TONK” WITH HIT SINGLE “BECAUSE I LOVE YOU”
“LIVE AT THE LONESTAR SALOON” FEATURING HIT SINGLE “TE JURO”
“GENERATIONS” WITH HIT SINGLES “AMOR A PRIMERA VISTA AND “MI UNICO CARINO”
"OBRA MAESTRA" (September 2011) HIT SINGLES: "DIME AND NADIE COMO TU" and currently "SI TU FUERAS MIA"



Vida is a complex, unpredictable, ball of talent and energy. And now with nine bestselling albums in the industry they show no signs of slowing down.

July 2011 New Single Release! “DIME” from our up-coming CD, "OBRA MAESTRA", Released September 2011. Current hit single "ES MAS FUERTE"

New: Grupo Vida iPhone and Android App now available at the iTunes Store and Android Market.

For more information please visit: www.grupovidaonline.com, www.myspace.com/grupovidanews, www.facebook.com/grupo.vida1, www.facebook.com/grupo.vida2

Bookings John Villanueva 210-923-3548 or grupovida@grupovidanews.com

Vida is sponsored by:

Analysis Plus Cables
Gibson Guitars and San Antonio Copy Concierge, San Antonio, TX


Call your local radio station and request Vida – The Electric Cowboys, go by your local record store and pick up a CD or visit their websites for Vida concert information.





Grupo Vida's energetic shows have entertained thousands of fans with their brand of LIVE entertainment. As a result this band of brothers are a must see for anyone who enjoys live concert performances. The band Grupo Vida was formed in 1999 by Brothers Tim Villanueva and John Villanueva who were the founders of former lead singer "Eddie Gonzalez" and former Accordion player "Sunny Sauceda". Tim Villanueva was the original drummer behind Eddie Gonzalez y Grupo Vida's  hit CD "KIK IT" which sold over one hundred thousand copies in the US and Mexico. John Villanueva was the business mastermind and manager behind former lead singer Gonzalez as well. In 1997 Tim Villanueva, John Villanueva, Sunny Sauceda, and Manny Gonzalez let singer Eddie Gonzalez go. The boys got together and recruited guitarist Jason Martinez who at the time was playing accordion for Tejano's little Miss Dynamite "Shelly Lares". In search of the right person to fill the spot of lead vocalist, a roadcrew member informed them of Art Tigerina. John Villanueva contacted Tigerina who then came to try out for the group. All it took was for Tigerina to sing one song and it was a connection, Vida had found their new lead vocalist and felt that they had to look no further.  Art Tigerina decided to leave the band in May 2013.  "The Electric Cowboys" in 2001 after landing a huge national tour with country music artist "The Dixie Chicks". Today the band is more popular and innovative than ever releasing their first all country cd in 2005 entitled "The Electric Cowboys - PRISONER OF THE HONKY TONK"  and is looking to release a new country cd in the next few months, so be on the lookout. The band has just completed 17 years of non stop touring and has no plans of stopping. Today the band consists of Lead Vocalist and Lead Guitar Jason Martinez, Drummer Tim Villanueva, Keyboards Mike Molini, Bass Manny Gonzalez, Manager John Villanueva, Sound Engineer Joey Longoria, and Bus driver Jaime Gonzalez. Please check out a show coming to your area soon. Be sure and get the free Iphone and Android app today as well as download their music from Itunes, Amazon, CD Baby and Walmart music or google search Grupo Vida for more info. Thanks for the support and God Bless.