Guitarist Tony Melendez of Branson, Mo., will present a concert at 7 p.m. April 14 at Tornstrom Auditorium, Washington Middle School, Brainerd.
He was born in Nicaragua without arms and plays guitar with his feet. He has played five times for the pope and on television programs, including "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," "Geraldo," "CBS This Morning" and "The Late Show with Arsenio Hall." He has traveled the world giving performances, according to a news release.
Melendez was born without arms because his mother was prescribed thalidomide, a drug used to help calm morning sickness during her pregnancy, the news release said. He wore artificial arms until age 10, when he disposed of them.
"I didn't feel comfortable," he said. "I could use my feet so much more."
Melendez recorded his first album in 1989, a collection of contemporary Christian songs titled "Never Be the Same," which resulted in nominations for Best New Artist of the Year from Cashbox Magazine and the Gospel Music Association. His second Christian album, "Ways of the Wise," includes help from Gary Chapman and Phil Keaggy. His latest album is "Hands in Heaven."
Also an author, Melendez has published an autobiography, "A Gift of Hope."
Tickets are available at Hosanna House in Brainerd, St. Alice's Church in Pequot Lakes and St. Christopher's Church in Nisswa.
Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12 and free for children 3 and under. Families pay the maximum of $30.
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