‘I found a way to redirect these talents and create music that glorifies him while uplifting others.’
Angel Vega, West Islip
“I originally grew up in Roslyn. What truly defines me is my unwavering Christian faith. From a young age, I found solace and inspiration within the walls of my church.
“As life took its course, I briefly drifted away from my faith, only to rediscover it during my college years. This rekindling had a profound effect on me, transforming not just who I am, but how I perceive and interact with the world around me.
“In my youth, I delved into battle rap and music, but I didn’t always use these talents to spread a positive message. Regrettably, there were times when I resorted to negativity, belittling others and spewing profanities. By the grace of God, I found a way to redirect these talents and create music that glorifies him while uplifting others.
As I reflect on my journey, I cannot help but be filled with gratitude for the incredible ways God has worked through me.
“Now, I choose words that inspire and encourage, spreading the truth about God through my music and sharing my personal testimony. In 2016, God put in my heart to start a Christ-centered podcast called ‘The Message.’ My goal through this podcast is to encourage faith, as well as tackle some topics of the faith.
“My faith has been tested through countless trials, one of the most poignant being my father’s battle with cirrhosis of the liver in 2019. The fear of losing him was overwhelming, especially as he awaited a liver transplant, but God proved himself during that challenging time. I spent invaluable moments by my father’s side, strengthening our bond in the face of adversity.
“While I was prepared to accept whatever outcome lay ahead, all I truly desired was for my father to find God’s love. Miraculously, he received the life-saving transplant, and today he stands tall, healthier than ever. Witnessing this incredible miracle solidified my unwavering belief that God works wonders in our lives.
“As I reflect on my journey, I cannot help but be filled with gratitude for the incredible ways God has worked through me. Through my faith, music and connections with others, I have seen lives transformed, friendships deepened and miracles unfold. These experiences reaffirm my belief that being a Christian is not just a part of who I am, but a defining aspect that fuels my purpose of spreading love, hope and light.”
Interviewed by Starr Fuentes