By Ryan Velez
Today, Daniel Calveti is known as a prominent Venezuelan-born Puerto Rican Christian singer, having put together six productions of Christian music and two books. His body of work has been critically and commercially acclaimed, having been nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards, and won AMCL and Arpa awards. However, a recent interview with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association shed light on the near-death experience that drew Calveti to pursue a religious light.
When Calveti was only six months old, he fell deathly ill with bacterial meningitis, and his parents got together with some neighbors and looked for higher help in their hour of need. “They prayed and they said, ‘Jesus, we don’t know how to walk with You, but if You heal Daniel, we promise You we’re going to dedicate Daniel to Your service, and we’re going to give You all of our family in service,” Calveti explained. A few weeks afterward, Calveti’s parents got the news that their child had died, but what happened next was shocking after he was taken to the morgue.
“I was dead for eight hours,” Calveti said. “And after eight hours, God touched my body.” The shocked cleaning crew saw Daniel’s little limbs moving under the sheet, and the doctor was equally surprised when he let Daniel’s parents hear the news. “And the doctor, he was so scared—they called my parents again telling them, ‘Hey, I don’t know what happened, but Daniel, he’s back to life…and we cannot find any meningitis in his body. He’s healed.'”
Calveti’s parents would honor their promise after their son’s miraculous recovery, leaving their native Venezuela for Puerto Rico. Calveti would live there for 22 years, and his parents still live there today at their church, serving through their church Fruto de la Vid (Fruit of the Vine). At the moment, Calveti lives in Dallas, Texas, but is looking to bring his worship back to the island he has a deep personal connection with. He and his family are headed to San Juan for the Festival de Esperanza (Festival of Hope) with Franklin Graham in Puerto Rico. The singer is excited to use the platform to bring Christians across the island together in worship.
“Christian radio stations in Puerto Rico, the churches, all the pastors from different denominations—they are working together, and that’s not very common in Puerto Rico, so I’m glad to see that unity,” Calveti said.