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Jon Paul Mendez In Concert

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12735 Tamiami Trail

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ABOUT THE ARTIST & SHOW:

Born into a very talented family in Santiago, Chile, Jon Paul Mendez was one of five siblings. His mother had aspired to be a professional singer until health issues prevented it. By his mid-teens, Jon Paul decided to try to impress the girls by singing. At that time, he only played rudimentary guitar. He had not yet considered a musical career, but due to his natural talent, by his early twenties, Jon Paul began to take music seriously.

In 1982 he won the highly coveted television award called "The Stairway Fame" singing "Si No Hubieras Estado Tu", after which he indeed skyrocketed to fame and was billed as the "Revelation of the Year". The following year he represented his own country in the prestigious contest called the International Festival de Viña (del Mar). His entry was a folkloric song called "En Los Tiempos de Mi Abuelo" (In the Days of My Grandfather).

Such events during the 1980s lead to a solid five years of fame and glory for Jon Paul throughout South America. The years flew by and he was living in the U.S. when he decided to discipline himself into practicing on his guitar a minimum of five hours every single day.

Jon-Paul is a true and dedicated artist, primarily a balladeer. In our SWFL area with an older population, his beautiful renditions of the ballads of yesterday, thrills audiences with nostalgic connections to their pasts.

He has a vast repertoire, and despite having his own original material, Jon Paul has found that some of the most requested numbers are those that his audiences already know. So he pre-records his backup and calls this background his empty canvas upon which he paints his musical art.

The range might include classic bullfighting music and flamenco, "a passionate and seductive art form", to the most romantic renditions of old standards that will tug at your heartstrings. He adds a smattering of dance music that gets folks boogying out of their chairs and onto the dance floor and might include anything from line-dancing to disco or James Brown's soul music.

One of JP's most fascinating attributes is his ability to perform a number of sounds that others can only achieve with the addition of instruments, in particular, a soulful trumpet. His father taught him to whistle, which adds a haunting quality to the numbers in which it is used.

Jon Paul has the steadfast dream of one day owning enough land in this area so that he can create a safe-haven community for those seeking a similar place to play and work among friends, with sharing and caring in a natural stress-free and harmonious setting.

For Bookings, Call: 512-587-3311

Email: jonpaulmusic@aol.com



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