VegasVibes hosted by Esmeralda Padilla-Gould had the honor interviewing Mr. Leon Norman Patillo, an accomplished singer, songwriter, and the former lead vocalist of the Latin music and rock band called Santana formed by the Mexican American guitarist Carlos Santana.
When Leon was singing with the Latin rock and roll group, Santana, he would look out into the vast crowds of nameless, faceless people filling the auditorium—some coming just to party, some to be entertained, and some because it was the concert to attend. But some, Leon felt, were coming with heavy hearts, questioning their lives and searching for answers. At the height of his pop career with Santana, Leon left the group with a burning desire to satisfy those hungering hearts with music that would make a difference in their lives.
After leaving Santana, he launched a solo career with Word Records and became a one man band where he put together a dazzling, computerized show. He released a string of successful albums and performed in different arenas and coliseums all over the world and had his own television show on TBN called Leon and Friends.
Leon sees himself as an encourager—a vessel chosen, to bring joy into the hearts of many people. His concerts are always filled with excitement, humor and inspirational teaching. He crosses all age groups and ethnic boundaries and is a total performer who can sing, dance and motivate.
For many years, he has used his voice, motivating gifts and music for concerts, radio and TV hosting and has had amazing success and visibility with Gold and platinum albums.
From 1999-2011, Leon travelled with the Get Motivated Seminars where he performed on stage with such personalities as Zig Ziglar, Mayor Giuliani, Laura Bush, Colin Powell and other notable speakers.
In 2012, Leon moved to Vegas and started a youth foundation called S.I.N.G. – Sowing Into Next Generation, whose goal is to bring positive inspiration to a mostly negatively influenced generation.
In 2016 Leon launched Ready 2 Rise Children’s Network, which is designated primarily to Rise Above the Bullying Assemblies in Middle Schools and High Schools.
Recently, he has been going to schools to share his experience as a young teenager being bullied and is showing kids how they could rise above bullying. He wrote a song with the same title and is available on iTunes. The lyrics have a message for the bullied and the bully.
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Leon continues to inspire, encourage and bring joy to many people through concerts and speaking engagements at different churches, festivals, special functions, fund raisers and conferences.
For more information about the foundation and its projects, go to www.mrleon.org.
To order CDs or download Leon’s music, go to www.leonpatillo.org/store or call 562-489-6052.