Tony Melendez concert to benefit STAND plan

Tony Melendez, an award-winning guitarist-singer who was born without arms, will be in concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 19 at the University of the Incarnate Word.

Proceeds from the show in McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room, cosponsored by University Mission & Ministry and STAND, will help raise funds to build a school and church in Mede, Uganda, the African village UIW STAND adopted as part of the Adopt-a-Village project.

Melendez, 48, has played for Pope John Paul II and will play for Pope Benedict XVI next year at World Youth Day. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Dec. 19 in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Tickets cost $15.50, $24.50, $34.50 or $49.50. For more information, contact Aleck Rios at (956) 878-7610 or alrios@student.uiwtx.edu.

University of the Incarnate Word Mission & Ministry presents Tony Melendez in Concert

University of the Incarnate Word Mission & Ministry in collaboration with the student organization STAND  | One People, One Tribe present a concert by Catholic recording artist Tony Melendez on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010.   Melendez has played for Pope John Paul II and will play for Pope Benedict XVI next year at World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. performance in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Tickets are $15.50, $24.50, $34.50 or $49.50.  Join us for a night of unforgettable testimony and music that will benefit those most in need in our world.  The STAND | One People, One Tribe student organization  is committed to service in San Antonio and Mede, Uganda the village adopted by UIW in 2009.  Proceeds of the concert will help to build a school, medical clinic, and church in Mede as well as local projects in San Antonio.   For ticket information, visit www.uiwtoejam.com or call 1-877- 77-Click (25425)

José Antonio Meléndez Rodríguez (born on January 9, 1962, in Rivas, Nicaragua) is a Nicaraguan American guitar player, composer and singer and songwriter who was born without arms. His mother took Thalidomide while pregnant, which caused his disability. Meléndez has learned to play the guitar with his feet.[1]

Meléndez began playing and singing in the Los Angeles area in 1985.[1] On September 15, 1987 Meléndez sang Never Be the Same while playing the guitar with his feet in a special performance for Pope John Paul II. Visibly moved, the Pope descended from his chair and embraced Meléndez. The Pope told Meléndez, “My wish for you is that you continue to give hope to others and continue in what you are doing”, which inspired him.[2]

As of 2005[update], his band, Tony Meléndez and the Toe Jam Band, has a busy concert schedule. Meléndez gives motivational talks and has written a book. He campaigns actively for the pro-life cause.

Meléndez now resides in Branson, Missouri with his wife, Lynn.[3]

Awards and recognition

Meléndez has won Unity Awards Male Vocalist of the Year UCMVA in 2000, 2002, 2004 and in 2002 took Artist of the year. He received the Branson Entertainment Award for Best New Artist in 1999, the “Inspirational Hero Award from the NFL Alumni Association at the Super Bowl XXIII and has received special commendations from the State of California for his work with young people and from President Reagan, regarding Tony “as a positive role model for America”.

  • Special Commendation from President Reagan – As A Positive Role Model for America[3]
  • Special Commendation from State of California – For Work with Young People
  • Inspirational Hero Award from the NFL Alumni Association at Super Bowl XXIII in Miami
  • Branson Entertainment Awards – Best New Artist (1999)
  • Unity Awards – Male Vocalist of the Year UCMVA (2000)
  • Unity Awards – Artist of the Year UCMVA (2002)
  • Unity Awards – Male Vocalist of the Year UCMVA (2002)
  • Unity Awards – Male Vocalist of the Year UCMVA (2004)

Discography

Published works

  • A Gift of Hope (1991)[3]

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