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The Mendenhall Experiment

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“If you asked me why I want to be a rock star...it’s not about the fame or money. I have a unique opportunity to inspire people and kids with disabilities with my playing, my music and my story,” guitarist/songwriter Brandon Mendenhall states. “I truly believe that's what I was put on this earth to do.” Mendenhall, born with Cerebral Palsy, an incurable neurological disorder of movement and posture, faces numerous challenges. With limited mobility on his left side and zero mobility in his left hand, the odds were stacked against him from birth. Inspired by bands such as Korn and Pantera, Brandon taught himself how to play guitar at the age of 19, rehabilitating his left hand with no surgical intervention. “Once I was able to get a guitar in my hands, it changed my life. That passion for music sparked something in his soul and a dream began to form. A dream that was thought to be impossible. Brandon wanted to play guitar and to form a band. Brandon recalls: “My grandfather told me ‘you’ll never be a guitarist. Don’t even try.’ And that crushed me. Those words lit a fire in me. I was determined that I could do this. “ The Mendenhall Experiment was born as Brandon's own personal experiment to be in a nationally recognized band working with the limitations Cerebral Palsy had given him, knowing full well that the odds were stacked against him finding a band that would work with him. Armed with a fierce determination to succeed as a musician, Brandon went to visit a friend in Los Angeles and never left, pursuing his dream with tenacity and determination. Failure was not an option.

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