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DC area native singer, and motivational speaker, Mario Arnauz Bonds, is a multi-talented singer/song writer who has been performing for years. From performing in plays, concerts, and in Washington DC area venues for years, to the NBC Universal's 2012 season of The Glee Project 2, where he placed 10th, Mario has enjoyed inspiring many.
Despite a mountain of unthinkable curve balls in his childhood, Mario has remained a relentless champion in his quest to entertain and inspire the world. From abandonment to abuse, homelessness and going totally blind, he never loss his focus and inspirational light. He lives to help others do the same.
Casting Director Robert J. Ulrich (Glee) told the Washington Post:
“Mario is an amazing human being. He has a beautiful voice. When he got on the ‘Glee Project,’ I said, ‘I can’t believe this person can’t see.’ Being blind never became an issue.”
Creator of Glee, American Horror Story and The New Normal Ryan Murphy said to Mario:
“Not only am I inspired by just your talent, but your need to express your talent.” Murphy told his colleagues: “What he’s doing is next to impossible. He is an amazing talent.”
Mario was born with Morning Glory Syndrome, a degenerative condition that destroyed the optic nerve in both of his eyes, leaving him totally blind by age nine. However, this is no setback. Mario can also dance, act, and play the piano, guitar and drums.
Although more than half a blind high schoolers don’t graduate or attend college, Mario attended George Mason University in Fairfax, VA where he graduated in 2010 with a degree in journalism. For two years, he worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation, while actively pursuing his passion for performing. On The Glee Project, Mario had the opportunity to show Hollywood, and the nation, that the blind can rise to meet any challenge.
A jack of many entertainment trades, Mario is now sharing his many talents, story, music and message with the world. He has released the first of a two-book childhood memoir called: “Without Sight but Full of Vision,” which tells the tale of his triumph over adversity, against many unthinkable odds. He believes the performing arts have healing powers, and his memoir illustrates just that.