Tony Melendez is truly an inspirational artist. Born without arms due to thalidomide, he was drawn to music at a very early age and let nothing stop him. In high school, Tony thought of entering a seminary but was turned away because priests were required to have an index finger and thumb! He went on to become a married father of two and stays true to his love for contemporary songs speaking to hope, faith and courage. Before playing at St. Thomas Acquinas parish in South Philadelphia, Tony was with Pope Francis in Rio. He has traveled to over 40 countries and has made appearances on: The Today Show, GMA, CBS This Morning, Arsenio Hall and sang the National Anthem for the 5th game of the World Series in 1989 and also received the first annual Inspirational Heo Award from the NFL Alumni Association at Super Bowl XXIII in Miami. A gentle giant of a man who touched so many from various cultural backgrounds at a parish in South Philadelphia.

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