Joe Veras was born on May 1, in Cevicos, a municipality of Cotui in the Dominican Republic. He is the fourth of thirteen children born to Mr. Soto Veras and Mrs. Maria del Carmen Batista. He involved himself in music at an early age starting in ecclesiastic choirs in his village - Cotui. He pursued a university degree in Santo Domingo, then chose to pursue an artistic career. A music project led to a contract with Darlenis Records Company. He recorded his first production, Con Amor, in 1993. His debut was well received by bachata afficionados.