Jose Carmona III
Worship Leader, Musician
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At the early age of 8, Jose’s father signed him up for saxophone lessons at his local school. Very soon after he developed a passion for this instrument that led him to immediately distinguish himself as the best saxophone player of his class. José accompanied his father and mother in the church choir where his grandfather was the pastor and where his father played keyboards. With remarkable dexterity José could improvise church melodies with no need to read music, relying solely on the God-given gift to interpret what he felt.
In ninth grade José competed in a local talent show for Omega Psi Phi College Fraternity in Wilmington, which he won. That same year he entered another contest for the same Fraternity in Philadelphia which he also won. He would later be flown out to Little Rock Arkansas where he would perform at the Bill Clinton Presidential Library. In the beginning of April of 2008 José entered the same local talent show a third time, again walking away with first place. It was this accomplishment that finally led his parents to take José’s future as a musician a little more seriously, finally deciding to invest their savings in a recording that was completed May 2008 in Nashville, TN.
Prior to his recording Jose, underwent numerous studies, to try to find a reason for an unknown symptom in his body that would numb his extremities enabling him to walk. The symptoms would be later diagnosed as Muscular Sclerosis. Just 2 months after the diagnosis, Jose unable to walk would fly out to Nashville, TN where he recorded his first self-titled CD. Jose literally recorded this entire CD propped on a stool in the booth and photos taken in ways to hide the fact that he couldn’t walk.
In March 2012, literally 3 months before recording of his new CD “No more night” he was in a hospital bed with no movement of his hands, his body and unable to walk. He decided to act in faith despite what was being said about his condition or how he was feeling, and God once again graced him with the opportunity to praise Him with the very gift He gave him. He returned to play his saxophone with more passion and to continue to be an instrument and reach the lives of many people.
Today, Jose is married and has his two children and he travels the world sharing a message of hope, mercy and salvation thru Jesus Christ by way of his music and testimony.
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