February 24, 2018


Leon Patillo aka Mr. Leon

A Chosen Vessel


When Mr. 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, Mr. Leon felt, were coming with heavy hearts, questioning their lives and searching for answers. At the height of his pop career with Santana, Mr. Leon left the group with a burning desire to satisfy those hungering hearts with music that would make a difference in their lives.

Mr. 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.

Mr. Leon’s first musical endeavor was with the group Creation, later called Leon’s Creation. It was a funk group similar in style and composition to Sly & the Family Stone; they were signed to Atlantic Records. Aside from Creation, Leon worked at times with Funkadelic, and Martha and The Vandellas.

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.

Mr. Leon travelled with the Get Motivated Seminars for over 10 years where he performed on stage with such personalities as Zig Ziglar, Mayor Giuliani, Laura Bush, Colin Powell and other notable speakers. He also does his own concerts and speaking engagements at different churches, festivals, special functions, fund raisers and conferences.

In 2012, Mr. Leon 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. He was able to do a CD where the kids who won the contest were able to sing a song. It was released in 2014. He also did a concert called RISE ABOVE which addressed the harmful effects of bullying.

In 2016 Mr. Leon launched a new wing of his organization called Ready 2 Rise Children’s Network, which is designated primarily to Rise Above the Bullying Assemblies in Middle Schools and High Schools.  Click on Ready 2 Rise above.

Recently, he has been going to schools to share his experience as a young teen ager 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.

If you know of a school who would benefit from Mr. Leon’s message, please contact us at 702-992-0508.

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