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Rocker With Cerebral Palsy Is Changing How The World Views His Disability

WHAT: As a young boy growing up with his grandparents in Illinois, Brandon Mendenhall was told that his diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy would make his dreams of becoming a musician impossible. Inspired by the musical careers of Korn, Pantera, Nine Inch Nails and Nirvana, and driven by a passion for music, Mendenhall endured painful surgeries, bullying and even attempts by his grandfather to confiscate his instrument as he taught himself to play the guitar.


At 19, Mendenhall moved to Los Angeles, determined to realize the dream that many had told him was out of his reach. Armed with the knowledge that his unique physical limitations and playing style, both of which were related to his Cerebral Palsy, would make it difficult for him to join a band, Mendenhall founded his own band: The Mendenhall Experiment. Along with lead singer Mario Valadez, lead guitarist Mike Lira, drummer Bruce Lira and bassist Nathan Stockton, TMX is true to its name. The band was a literal experiment to see if Mendenhall could defy the odds by forming a band based around his unique playing style and driving that band to national success.

Since their formation, TMX has experienced great show success as being on the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival 2013, finalists for the House Of Blues Battle for Vans Warped Tour 2014, winning Guitar Center’s Battle for the Empire 2014, sharing the stage with Fear Factory at the legendary Whisky a Go-Go 2015, and performing at the Gibson Guitars NAMM booth in 2015.

On January 26, 2016 The Mendenhall Experiment will release their first single off their debut EP, “Seize The Day” on Lucent Records, and distributed by Universal Music Group Distribution. The single is accompanied with their award winning, music video filmed and directed by Korn’s videographer Sébastien Paquet. The amazing video is currently out now on Vevo.

WHEN: single release date: Tuesday, January 26. Music video out now:

WHERE: single will be available in all digital stores including iTunes, Apple Music, Groove Music and Spotify. The music video is currently being offered on Vevo and YouTube.

WHO: Brandon Mendenhall and The Mendenhall Experiment, award winning filmmaker Sébastien Paquet, and Dustin Lees of Lucent Records.


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