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Yosef Daniel released a new single about his personal journey to Hashem. “I once lived in darkness; Hashem gave me His light. My mission now is to spread this light. Join me."


Yosef Daniel grew up in Texas but was born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, a frontier city on the Mexican-American border where drug trafficking is still the popular trade. One of Yosef's uncles became a high-ranking officer in one of the main drug trafficking cartels in Mexico and took along with him several family members. At the age of seven, Yosef was traumatically affected when one of Yosef's uncles was targeted, captured, and brutally murdered by a rival drug cartel. Seven years later, after revenging his brother's murder, his uncle was extradited and put into federal penitentiary in America after being charged with drug tracking at the Mexican-American border. Ten years later, he was released back to the Mexican Federal Agency. Without much explanation, he was soon found dead. Yosef's family was told he was in a motorcycle accident. 


In 2005, Yosef survived a drive-by shooting by a rival street gang in his neighborhood (Molina) in Corpus Christi, Texas. He claims that this episode saved his life because it caused him to search - and finally find - a higher purpose and spiritual fulfillment. Yosef and his wife converted to Judaism. With their first-born son, they moved to Israel in the summer of 2010.  


Before converting to Judaism, Yosef Daniel used his musical talents to escape from family and friends that were connected to the drug trade, partying, and gangster lifestyle.  


Yosef emerges now as a Jew in Israel, releasing his first official music video in the coolest sites in Tel Azekah and Jerusalem, Israel. "Open Our Eyes" is a song of praise to G-d for Yosef's personal salvation. "I was broken, marked for either prison or death," Yosef says. Yosef dedicates this song as a prayer for the nation of Israel and all the nations of the world, asking G-d to bring a complete and final redemption through music and dance.  


Yosef Daniel's music can be found on all major platforms. His summer tour includes playing and speaking about his story in Israel, America, and Mexico. 




You revive the broken  

You give life to the poor  

You illuminate my essence  

You're what I'm looking for  

And I found You now, yes I found You now 

Before I lost myself completely, yes I found You now  

You're reviving our Hearts  

You're the life we long for  

You're igniting salvation  

You refresh, You restore  

Open our eyes and let Your Kingdom come  

And then the world will realize that You're One  

And there's none else but You HaKadosh Baruch Hu  

Open our Hearts and let Geulah spark the greatest Aish Tamid and we will sing and dance before You, HaKadosh Baruch Hu  




Composed at LittleBoxRecords by Yisroel Laub and Yosef Daniel Villarreal  

Arranged by Yisroel Laub, Jason Goldglansz, Yosef Daniel, and Freddie Fabian  

Lyrics were written and performed by Yosef Daniel and Yisroel Laub  

Additional Vocals Arranged by Jezliah Villarreal  

Main Vocals Recorded at LittleBoxRecords  

Additional Vocals Recorded by Chanale Fellig-Harrel  

Drums, Bass, Electric Guitars and Piano - Yisroel Laub at LittleBoxRecords  

Electric Guitars, Background Effects - Jason Goldglansz at Gold Records  

Additional Strings, Piano, Synthesizers, Percussion: Freddie Fabian  

Mix and Mastering: Freddie Fabian 


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