Val Mural (Valerio Muralles) was born in Guatemala city. Muralles’s parents brought him and his siblings to the U.S. when he was 3 years old. At the age of five, his mother left his father, taking him and his siblings with her. They moved to another city, soon settling in a small town on the outskirts of San Diego. While staying in different shelters and going from school to school, Val Mural got into writing music at an early age. It wasn’t until his early teen years that he got in to the hip hop scene.
In high school he found himself getting into a lot of trouble getting himself expelled from middle school and high school. As a product of a broken home and poverty stricken circumstances, young Val Mural felt frustrated and angry, and often times found himself engaging in unlawful activities. He ended up in jail a few times both as a juvenile and as a young adult, continuously seeking guidance in his life. Raised in a religious up-bringing by his mother, Val knew in his heart that he had to seek a higher purpose. While still doing music he slowly found himself seeking for something more in life than what he was finding in his out of control life style. After meeting his wife to be, he became a father to his first born child, Angeline. Feeling a need to raise his child the right way made him realize that his priority was to turn his life around. At the age of 23, he was confirmed in the Catholic Church and began making an effort in living out his faith.
In the midst of using his message to proclaim his message of faith and redemption, Val met a group of young Catholics using hip-hop in a similar manner. The group, known as FoundNation, soon welcomed Mural to collaborations, performances and in 2013, formally acknowledged the artist as an official member of the movement.
Val is growing as a man and as an artist, trying to make music that will inspire people to dig deeper, as he continues to remain true to himself; a husband, a believer, a poet and a musician.