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Pam Grout: Thank and Grow Rich

The Sonny Melendrez Show - 8/18/2019 12:00:00 AM

Pam Grout is a world traveler, a loving mother, a #1 New York Times best-selling author and an inspiring witness to everyone she meets. She has written 19 books, and counting, including E-Squared, which has been translated in countries around the world.

Pam shares with Sonny:

  • The meaning of FP (Field of Potentiality) and how it can work for you
  • Her first thought every morning that sets the stage for endless possibilities
  • Two words to say to yourself to ease depression
  • How gratitude becomes a magnet of abundance
  • Much more...

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Gary Garcia: How To Be A Showman

The Sonny Melendrez Show - 8/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

Gary Garcia is known as Gary the Showman for a good reason. His Las Vegas style of performing has audiences cheering and shouting for more.

Listen as Sonny chats with Gary about why it took him 20 years to become an "overnight-success".

Gary shares:

  • The serendipitous adventure that took him from San Antonio, Texas to Hollywood
  • What it takes to stay motivated for each "give it everything you've got" performance
  • How a simple question from a producer lead to wildly popular singing tributes to Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bruno Mars and more
  • The two superstars he hopes to meet someday
  • His advice to anyone (no matter your age) dreaming of a show business career

Listen and be inspired by Gary's energy, positive attitude and enthusiasm for what he was born to do!

Find more at: https://SonnyRadio.com/show

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Special Show: ✯Rita Moreno✯Jerry Mathers✯Red McCombs✯Augie Meyers

The Sonny Melendrez Show - 7/28/2019 12:00:00 AM

Sonny Melendrez chats with four icons in the world of sports & entertainment.

✯Award-winning actress Rita Moreno shares secret to overcoming obstacles in her career spanning 7 decades!

✯World famous actor and successful business man, Jerry Mathers, reveals the hilarious story of how he landed the starring role in what has become the longest running show in television history.

✯Grammy winning musician and songwriter, Augie Meyers, gives us a peak into the era of #1 hits leading up to the birth of the Texas Tornados and what it takes to make it in the music industry.

✯Automotive giant, sports mogul and philanthropist, Red McCombs, revels the moment he realized what it would take to put what Lee Iacocca called, "your little town with a river running through it," San Antonio on the map.

Listen to the fascinating full interviews here: SonnyRadio.com/show

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Mitch Stephen: The Renaissance Cowboy

The Sonny Melendrez Show - 7/14/2019 12:00:00 AM

Mitch Stephen is a Texas original.

As a real estate guru, he has been lauded by his professional peers locally and nationally. He is the author of My Life & 1000 Houses: Failing Forward to Financial Freedom. It is a book filled with the life of properties and the properties of life.

And, Mitch has a creative side as a prolific songwriter, having penned more than 100 heart and thought-provoking country ballads. I’ve heard many of them, and every one of them is filled with surprise beginning.

The urban dictionary defines a “Reinassance Man” as a person who is “enlightened” in all subject matter including arts, math, athletics, philosophy, music, history, and any other cultural aspect of society.

It is my pleasure to introduce you to The Renaissance Cowboy, my new friend, Mitch Stephen.

~Sonny Melendrez

Mitch Stephen’s Links:

The Art of Owner Financing: Making Money Without Being A Landlord

(Free Book) My Life & 1000 Houses: Failing Forward to Financial Freedom

Mitch Stephen Music

All Mitch Stephen Books

Official Site

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Pete Heinlein: How to Interpret the World

The Sonny Melendrez Show - 7/4/2019 12:00:00 AM

Pete Heinlein's first job was working at public library for $1.05 an hour El Paso, Texas. His only connection to the world was the books that surrounded him. Little did he know that his life as a broadcaster would take him to the far corners of the globe.

I had the good fortune to meet Pete when we both attended the University of Texas at El Paso as communications majors. Together, we also began our radio careers as teenagers at the top station in the market, KELP. Since then, Pete has had worn many broadcast hats, including White House and International Correspondent for the Voice of America.

Join me as I celebrate the life and times of my dear and special friend, Pete Heinlein.

~Sonny Melendrez

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Stephanie Urbina Jones: Honky Tonk Mariachi

The Sonny Melendrez Show - 6/16/2019 12:00:00 AM

It’s a long way from San Antonio to Nashville, 937 miles to be exact. However, that journey can last a lifetime when you are traveling by way of the music business. It’s a journey that my guest and dear friend, began and accomplished, joyfully arriving in the music capital of the world and recently appearing on the greatest stage in country music, The Grand Ole Opry! Fasten your seat belt, you’re about to hear the inspiring story of manifestation and amazing talent to be found in one…Stephanie Urbina Jones.

In this special one-on-one chat, Sonny picks up on a conversation he had with Stephanie several years ago when she was in the beginning stages of her career. 

You'll be inspired by her "secret" to success in the music business or anything you dream of. 

About Stephanie Urbina Jones

When Stephanie Urbina Jones starts to unwind the story of how her new album, Tularosa, came to life, it’s hard to stop repeating, “Wow. Really?” Her narrative has so many twists and turns, so many meant-to-be moments that can only be described as karmic, it sounds like a fairytale. But then, so does her entire career.

We’re talking about a woman who moved from Austin to Nashville to work with the Texas Tornados’ management agency, landed a songwriting deal almost on a whim, had one of her first efforts become the title track of a Lorrie Morgan album, then watched a competitor on TV’s The Voice win season seven and score a No. 1 Billboard country chart debut with a song she co-wrote — a song Blake Shelton gave him after sitting on it for 15 years.

There’s more, but first, a bit about the album. An inspired marriage of country classics with mariachi rhythms, Tularosa (Sept. 28, 2018) honors both her personal musical icons — no-last-name-needed legends including Loretta, Dolly, Patsy, Willie, Merle, Hank, Kris, Johnny and June — and the Mexican heritage that feeds her sound. But these long-overdue arrangements also reveal something else: the connections between “white” country music and the Hispanic influences that pervade it.

Texan Urbina Jones, born in San Antonio and raised mostly in Fredericksburg, began melding those influences when she started singing “country jazz” at Austin’s Elephant Room, where she’d taken a booking job after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. Eventually, she segued into Latin-rooted Americana, also described as “Texicana country folk-rock” or, in her late grandmother’s words, “country music with chili peppers.”

Even though her sure, sinuous voice was made to sing these songs in these arrangements, the plan to do so didn’t form until spring of 2016, when Urbina Jones performed a gig in New Mexico with guitarist Patterson Barrett. Deciding she wanted to spice up her set, she asked Facebook friends for a percussionist connection and was put in touch with Sound Production of Tularosa, a local recording studio. The owner promised to hook her up with someone, but only if she’d visit his studio after her show. Reluctantly, she agreed, then contacted the player. He asked if he could bring his dad, an old-school mariachi. She was thrilled.

“I feel 5 years old when I hear mariachis. They’re a direct source to joy for me,” says Urbina Jones, whose most profound early-childhood memories include listening to players at Sunday barbecues hosted by her grandmother, a notary public who often aided Mexican immigrants. (She’s even got a song about it — “Mariachis Make Me Cry,” which earned her a finalist spot in the 2002 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition.)

That night, they performed several country favorites with a mariachi twist. Afterward, a concertgoer introduced himself, said she needed to record with mariachis, and offered to finance an album using an inheritance from his recently deceased mother.

“He felt it was important music to make to bridge the cultures and heal the divides between so many people’s hearts,” she explains.

That was music to her ears, until she heard the amount: $3,500 — a fraction of what she knew it would cost. But she also knew she had to say yes. Then she went to see the studio, not expecting much.

“I'm not even thinking about recording anything there,” she recounts, “and then I get there and I get that feeling, that knowing that I know. Like, ‘Oh, this is where we're supposed to do it.’”

She’d already written an album about her great-grandfather, Manuel Urbina, who went to the Vatican to study for the priesthood but ended up crossing the border to become San Antonio’s first Mexican Baptist minister. She didn’t want to record that in unfamiliar surroundings, however.

She and Barrett headed back to Nashville, promising to return; to do what, they had no idea. But she knew the powerful magic already at work would somehow guide them.

On their way home, they visited friends in Lubbock. A guitar soon got passed around. “Patterson started playing ‘Walking After Midnight’ as a Latin cumbia,” Urbina Jones recalls. She used to put a swing on it in her Elephant Room days, so she jumped right in. “It was so much fun, we spent the rest of the night trying out songs like Hank Williams’ ‘Cold Cold Heart’ as a mariachi waltz and Loretta Lynn’s ‘You Ain’t Woman Enough’ as a Mexican polka. In that living room, the inspiration for the album came together.”

Other elements quickly fell into place. Radio station La Luz (the Light) covered hotel rooms; friends helped with expenses and put them up en route; the studio owner and mariachis, from Tularosa and El Paso, offered price breaks; and players or their families stuffed everyone with homemade pozole or tacos each day.

“The moment we started playing, we knew we were onto something,” she says. “It was hugely collaborative and spontaneous — and fresh, alive and fun. We made music that translates culture, heart and soul — joining two worlds that have so much in common to celebrate.”

She’d always wanted to record the Harlan Howard-Buck Owns tune, “I've Got a Tiger by the Tail,” an Elephant Room staple, and the Lynn Anderson hit “Rose Garden.” And Haggard’s “Silver Wings” was her parents’ favorite song. Once she’d committed to doing a covers album, she had to include Nelson, represented by “Seven Spanish Angels,” and her clever, biting take on the Tom T. Hall-penned Jeannie C. Riley hit, “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” along with Parton’s “Jolene.”

“Having been cheated on, I have lived the desperation of that song,” she says. “When we gave it this new feel, it came alive and felt even more like a telenovela — and more true to song’s intention.”

The album opens with her sassy version of “Walking After Midnight”; it ends with a Texas Tornados’ connection: her Tex-Mex-plus-strings rendition of “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone.”

But “Ring of Fire” has an even more direct connection: Tornados co-founder Augie Meyers duets with her on Spanish and English versions (“Jolene” also appears in both languages). Tularosa also features Mavericks accordionist Michael Guerra on the upbeat “Tiger.”

As important as it was for Urbina Jones to honor her beloved influences, she wanted to do the same for the musical genre she calls “classic Mexico.” The album exhibits several mariachi styles, including corrido/polka, huapango, ranchera, cumbia, marcha, bolero and son.

She credits producer Barrett (aka “El Gringo Danger”) with handling much of the arranging; she had intended to produce it herself, but fell ill while recording. “We were all surprised that a gringo could write the mariachi string and trumpet parts so authentically,” she jokes, quickly adding that, after 40 years of music-making in South Texas, “I guess it’s just in him.”

Ironically, Hispanic culture was not “just in” Urbina Jones. Her gringa mother and Mexican-American father split when she was young, and she didn’t reconnect with her dad and his family, including her beloved grandmother — her abuelita — till after high school.

Urbina Jones was already living in Nashville when she was summoned to San Antonio; her abuelita was dying. Before she passed, she said in Spanglish to Stephanie, whom she called mija (my little girl), “You were born to be a mensaje (messenger); la puente (a bridge), sharing the beauty of our culture with the world through your music.”

Urbina Jones didn’t even know that culture, but her grandmother insisted she would find a way. So she went to Mexico to learn, boarding with a family in a small San Miguel house during her three months at a foreign-language institute. She arrived an “entitled American”; she left enraptured by the culture — and committed to telling its story in song.

“I just fell in love with the people, with the way of life,” she says. “I would have stayed there forever. But I had a mission at that point. I understood what my grandmother wanted me to translate: what’s missing is the beauty, the culture, the love, the joy, the passion, the kindness, the compassion that lives in the heart of Mexico.”

She took her great-grandfather’s name as her middle name, remortgaged her house (for the first of three times) and made her first “real” album, 2002’s Stephanie Urbina Jones.

Since then, she’s not only learned to trust fate, she’s learned to embrace where it takes her — from performances in 14 countries, including some of the world’s most prestigious festivals (among them Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Fest and Japan’s Country Gold) to duetting with Nelson at a Fourth of July Picnic and singing with Vince Gill & the Time Jumpers. Her own version of “Shakin’ Things Up” also made her the first independent female artist to hit No. 1 on the Texas Music Chart.

“Everyone loves passion. Everyone loves heart,” Urbina Jones explains. Since she declared her mission to celebrate Hispanic culture in song, she’s never wavered from that goal, even though she’s become a shamanic minister and Toltec teacher as well.

“I trust it now,” she says of her own passion. “I trust when I know that I know, to follow that.”

Listeners should do the same; once they hear Tularosa, they’ll know what she knows: These cultures are already united, and this album is indeed meant to be.

True to form, the magic continues. Just days before the official release of Tularosa, the stars aligned again when Jones and her band of mariachi were invited to perform with The Time Jumpers. The performance lit up the room and was captured on video. That video went viral and soon garnered a dream-come-true invitation to perform on the Grand Ole Opry, where they received a standing ovation for their classic country-meets-mariachi history-making performance.

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Lisa Hurst: The Improv Sherpa

The Sonny Melendrez Show - 6/2/2019 12:00:00 AM

Lisa Hurst uses Experiential Education along with Applied Improv to facilitate collaboration and innovation for corporate, medical, and student organizations.

For more than a decade, she has been an active member of the improv communities in San Antonio and Austin. Her consulting company Improv To Grow, offers dynamic personal and professional development programs in all aspects of life.

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Bob Carlson: How To Play Ukulele in 30 Minutes

The Sonny Melendrez Show - 5/26/2019 12:00:00 AM

Bob Carlson started playing guitar in middle school but he didn’t get his first ukulele until college, when he found a broken baritone ukulele in the dumpster behind his dorm. He fixed it up, put on some strings, and you might say the rest is history. Over the years he’s loved playing the uke with his family on road trips and camp outs, and it’s always been close at hand in the living room for an impromptu serenade.

About 10 years ago he joined a ukulele ‘’meetup’’ band, and more recently has been teaching group community ed. classes as a volunteer.

Last year Bob retired from a 40-year career as a free-lance science writer, primarily writing about medicine for magazines and newspapers, and turned his ukulele hobby into a second, mini-career. Now he teaches ukulele to private students as well as the group classes. 

Listen, as he tries to teach Sonny how to play his "uke".

Features:

The fascinating story of the ukulele

The most famous ukulele player in the world

New breakthrough in cure for a certain kind of cancer

Bob's ukulele mini-concert

Paul McCartney's favorite ukulele song written by George Harrison

More!

Links: 

-Jake Shimabukuro: https://youtu.be/puSkP3uym5k

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Rita Moreno: An American Treasure

The Sonny Melendrez Show - 5/12/2019 12:00:00 AM

Rita Moreno is an American treasure. She is the first performer to have won a Oscar, Tony, Grammy and Emmy: an Oscar for West Side Story in 1961; a 1972 Grammy Award for her contribution to "The Electric Company"'s soundtrack album; a Tony Award in 1975 for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for "The Ritz"; and back to back Emmys in 1977 and 78.

She was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on December 11, 1931 to seamstress Rosa María and farmer Francisco José Alverío. Rosita and her mother moved to New York City in 1937, where she began a professional career making her Broadway debut on November 22, 1945, less than a month before her 14th birthday co-starring with Arthur Keegan and a young Eli Wallach in the play Skydrift at the Belasco Theater.

Although she would not appear again on Broadway for almost two decades, Rita Moreno, as she was billed in the play, had arrived professionally.

Then, on March 1, 1954, Rita was featured on the cover of Life Magazine. As she remembers, the legendary Hollywood producer and studio head, Daryl Zanuck saw the cover and said, “Get me that girl!”

The rest as they say is history and the continuation of a magical career that has spanned more than 7 decades and continues to this day. At age 87, Ms. Moreno still has the joy of life that brought her to the party.

On a personal note, several years ago, I had the honor of co-hosting with Ms. Moreno at the White House Hispanic Heritage Awards in Washington DC.

Recently, she graciously accepted an invitation from Dr. Robert Vela, President at San Antonio College to speak at Annual SAC Fiesta Brunch held at the Pearl Stables in San Antonio and thanks to Dr. Vela, I had an opportunity to sit down with Rita and catch up!

Here is that visit, sprinkled with highlights of her memorable presentation. 

Find more at: https://SonnyRadio.com/show

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Mark Johns: Confessions Of A Double Agent

The Sonny Melendrez Show - 4/28/2019 12:00:00 AM

Mark Johns is a Double Agent: He is an agent of success in the world of business and an agent of business in the world of comedy. Mark is an author, business development consultant, certified marketing professional, clean comedian and professional speaker.

You'll grow your ability to:

  • Learn from mentors you may never meet
  • Use humor to lift your spirits and that of those around you
  • Make it through the most trying times 
  • Serve others in your personal and professional life
  • More!

Mark's Links:

About: https://about.me/mark_johns

Book: Successful Sales Management

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Helene Segura: How to Have a Guilt-free Vacation

The Sonny Melendrez Show - 4/14/2019 12:00:00 AM

Helene Segura has been managing time all of her adult life.

She is much sought-after speaker, consultant and author of four books, including her latest ultimate vacation planner: The Great Escape: A Vacation Planner for Busy People Who Want to Take a Real Break from Work & Life.

Listen as she lays out the perfect plan for making the most of your time and space. Learn how to be more productive and enjoy your leisure time, guilt-free!

Helene reveals her secret formula for everyday time management: C. I. A. and how to keep email from running your day.

You'll be inspired by her story and encouraged to make the most of your time and life!

Helene's sitehttps://www.helenesegura.com

Helen's new book: The Great Escape

 

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Randy Adams: Learn to Buy and Sell Cars

The Sonny Melendrez Show - 4/12/2019 12:00:00 AM

When I first heard Randy Adams on the radio, I didn't know if I was listening to a car guru or a preacher.

Randy has a unique way of mixing advice on buying a car and encouraging a life, one listener at a time.

Listen to my conversation with this most fascinating and entertaining radio-preneur. Randy shares...

  • His experience buying his first car for $25
  • A mindset of helping without selling
  • The inspiration for his new book
  • How his search for his father's love finally came when he least expected it
  • How to buy and sell your car with spiritual assistance

Come meet my new friend, Randy Adams!

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Larry Ratliff: Movies Are Forever

The Sonny Melendrez Show - 3/17/2019 12:00:00 AM

Celebrated film critic, comedian and speaker, Larry Ratliff dishes out how he overcame extreme shyness to launch and enjoy a successful career in the world of entertainment.

Listen as we talk movies, life and the inside scoop on some of the biggest names in entertainment: Larry reveals the nicest and most difficult celebrities he has ever interviewed!

Official Website: http://LarryRatliff.com

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NHL Goalie Clint Malarchuk: Surviving Suicide

The Sonny Melendrez Show - 3/10/2019 12:00:00 AM

No job in the world of sports is as intimidating, exhilarating and stress-ridden as that of an NHL Hockey goaltender. Now imagine doing that job while suffering high-anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and having your career nearly cut short by a skate slicing across your neck!

Listen, as Clint Mararchuk and his wife Joanie, share their extraordinary and heart-wrenching story.

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Albert Flores: How To Catch A Comet

The Sonny Melendrez Show - 3/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

Meteorologist, Albert Flores has been catching comets all his life. As a teenager he aspired to be a broadcaster, winning a college scholarship against all odds.

San Antonio enjoyed his talent and expertise as chief meteorologist on the local CBS and NBC TV affiliates (KENS, WOAI) for over 30 years. 

In the late 80's and early 90's Albert was the official weather expert on my KTFM Radio morning show and most importantly, a partner-in-fun!

Listen and may you be inspired by Albert's story of tenacity and ingenuity, not to mention stories of all the fun we had!

Enjoy!

~Sonny.

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Red McCombs: How to Stay Driven!

The Sonny Melendrez Show - 2/24/2019 12:00:00 AM

At 91, you would think that Texas icon, Red McCombs has nothing else to prove. After all, he has built one the country’s biggest automotive companies, brought the Spurs to San Antonio and, along with Charline, his loving wife of 68 years, has donated more than $130 million to Texas schools, research institutions and non-profits.

Think again.

Red wakes up with the enthusiasm of those who are decades younger.

“The fact that God has allowed me another day is the greatest gift that I can receive. What we do with this gift to make a difference is what is pleasing to Him,” he gratefully shares.

During my recent visit to Red’s office, filled with photographs, statues, paintings, awards and memorabilia, he recalled being asked by then governor, John Connolly to spearhead San Antonio’s world’s fair – Hemisfair 68.
One of his biggest challenges was securing national sponsorships for all the fair’s exhibits.

“And, I found out very quickly that I couldn’t get access. All that we were feeling so strongly about didn’t mean anything to the Fortune 500 group. I mean zero!”

It was then that he became determined to find a way to get national recognition for our “little city with a river running through it.”

That break came in the form of the American Basketball Association, “which was broke and nobody wanted to look at it.”

“The mayor of Dallas said that he would give it to me if I would just do something with it because they were playing to about 250 people at the time!”

The transaction took place and, “I knew we had our work cut out for us.”
It was 1973 and the acquisition of the Dallas / Texas Chaparrals, gave birth to the San Antonio Spurs, eventually leading to entrance into the NBA, 3 short years later.

The rest is history written in silver and black.

McCombs is quick to point out that while many think of him as a sports jock, this wasn’t his main reason for setting out to bring a major league sports team to the Alamo City.

“More than anything, I wanted San Antonio to be identified with the LAs, with the New Yorks and with the Philadelphias. And, we did it.”

Perhaps, Red’s secret for continuing to live a long and fulfilling life is his curiosity of what opportunity to serve each day will bring.

“I’ve learned a thing or two over the years, sometimes the hard way, but if my advice can help a few other folks build their business and give back to their community, I am happy to share.”

~Sonny Melendrez

Find out more about Red McCombs here: https://SonnyRadio.com/Red-McCombs

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Laura Marie: How to write, record and market your song

The Sonny Melendrez Show - 2/17/2019 12:00:00 AM

 

Award-winning singer/songwriter, Laura Marie's story is as inspiring as her gentle voice and heart-touching lyrics. Listen to her visit with Sonny Melendrez as she shares:

  • How to turn an idea into a song
  • Where inspiration comes from
  • What to expect in the studio
  • An acoustic performance: Crazy
  • How a prayer to St. Francis of Assisi became the inspiration for Be Love
  • More!

About Laura Marie

Laura Marie’s message to the world exists on a plane that reaches far beyond music, but thankfully she is one of those writers gifted enough to focus the roller-coaster of the human condition into song. Her latest single, 'This Is A Call', is currently in post production along with a full band performance video and documentary footage taken at The Wunderbar, the private studio/castle of Wunder Audio creator Mike Castoro. 


Laura Marie is a South Texas native who grew up steeped in poetry and music, earning her degree in music education and paying her dues in bands in Central Texas and beyond. There have been awards and accolades since. She is the winner of both an Independent Music Award and the OurStage Texas Lilith Fair Competition as well as a two time Regional Finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest. Audiences are continually drawn in to Laura Marie’s performances because of her honesty and passion. David Crabb from the Austin Acoustical Cafe noted, "Laura Marie captured the hearts of our audience with her energy, and she warmed the stage and the room with her talented performance.”


Accolades:
2016 Showcasing Artist - Southwest Regional Folk Alliance
2016 Music Project Songwriting Contest, 1st Place Winner
2014 Independent Music Award Winner Folk/SingerSongwriter Song 
2014 SouthWest Regional Finalist Mountain Stage NewSong Contest
2013 Showcasing Artist - Southwest Regional Folk Alliance
2013 Semi-finalist Songwriter Serenade
Artist of the Year 2011 -Texas Music Coalition
2010 SouthWest Regional Finalist Mountain Stage NewSong Contest
WINNER #1 Artist OurStage Texas Lilith Fair Competition 2010
WINNER of the 4th Annual TMC Music Video Showcase - Best Song
Indie Artist of the Month (Apr/May 2009) - Americana Music Times


Features:
2017 Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity January Feature
2016 Featured Artist - Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival
2015 Featured Artist - Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival
2014 Featured Artist - Canto San Anto Music & Art Project
2014 Featured Artist - Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival
Reverbnation Featured Artists - Folk
Reverbnation Who's Hot Global
Windows Media Guide Music
FNO Festival Network Online
Women of Substance Radio Featured Artist
Athena 365 Featured Artist
Live 365 Magazine
Time Warner Cable San Antonio On Demand

Song Licensing:
TLC
M Cable Television
Bunim/Murray Productions
Human Factor Publishing
Discovery Networks Publishing
Pump Audio
“Dream Healing” by writer director Dora Pena 
"Leftovers" by writer director Robin Nations
Documentary “Dallas 30 - Off the Record”

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Jerry Mathers: Leave It To Beaver

The Sonny Melendrez Show - 2/10/2019 12:00:00 AM

Leave It To Beaver began as a delightful television series in the 1950’s and 60’s and is now a worldwide phenomenon. The show's star has become an American icon.

I am extremely excited to have Jerry Mathers - "The Beave" himself - as my special guest on this show! Leave It To Beaver is the longest running show in television history, and now airs in 80 countries!

Listen as Jerry reveals:

  • The story behind the famous Zesto Soup Billboard episode
  • His favorite episode (may surprise you)
  • How his career in show business began while shopping with his mom
  • Why he turned down another series after Leave It To Beaver
  • The friend who saved his life
  • More!

Official site: JerryMathers.com

*Like what you hear? There's more fun and inspiration waiting for you at SonnyRadio.com/show !

Come play with us!

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Josh Davis: So You Want To Be An Olympian?

The Sonny Melendrez Show - 2/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

Sonny Melendrez visits with Olympic Gold Medalist Josh Davis.

Josh reveals:

  • Coaching advice that changed his life
  • How to perform under pressure
  • The real definition of commitment
  • Why marriage is NOT a 50/50 relationship
  • How to stay inspired
  • His dream competition

In 1996 Josh Davis made history by becoming the only man in any sport from any nation at the Atlanta Olympic Games to win 3 gold medals. With a passion for representing our country, Josh returned to the Olympics in Sydney in 2000 where he was elected Captain of the USA Men's swim Team.

He went on to break the American record three times in his event the 200 meter free-style and won two silver medals at the 2000 Sydney Games. After 2 Olympics and 5 medals, Josh has established himself as ambassador for the sport of swimming and is pioneering the road for the next generation of professional swimmers.

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Running time: 26 minutes

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Lee Moczygemba: How to Stay Forever Young

The Sonny Melendrez Show - 1/27/2019 12:00:00 AM

Searching for inspiration? You won't want to miss this show!

Lee Moczygemba is a born optimist, a self-empowered woman and a true inspiration and a legend is the world of speaking.

Lee is president of Amazing Speakers and Trainers International and winner of countless awards. At age 94, Lee has the energy of someone 1/3 her age as she continues to influence the people she trains and coaches. She has traveled the world, inspiring and teaching more than 3,000 professionals to speak and improve their presentation skills. And, from hearing her speak, you'd think she was just getting started!

Lee reveals:

-How she overcame being a misfit as a child
-What she learned about Beethoven that changed her life
-How to pursue your real calling, no matter your age
-The absolute key to success

I cannot wait to introduce you to this amazing human being!

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