Mario Bonds is a multitalented motivational speaker, singer/songwriter and fitness model made famous by NBC Universal’s run of The “Glee Project.” Successful in his quest to show the world that a person with a disability can rise to meet any challenge, Bonds has enjoyed entertaining and inspiring millions. One of a set of triplets, Bonds comes from a large family of nine siblings. Born with Morning Glory Syndrome, a degenerative condition that gradually destroyed the optic nerve in both of his eyes, he was completely blind by the tender age of nine. Amazingly, one thing he never suffered from was hopelessness.
Instead of allowing setbacks to define him, Bonds utilized them to propel himself forward. He first fell in love with the piano and singing at age 5, and received his first taste of professional exposure at age 12, playing the drums for his childhood church, Refuge Temple in Washington D.C. After mastering the piano and drums, Bonds quickly added playing the guitar and organ to his musical talents. At age 14, a musically gifted Bonds earned a spot in the prestigious Suitland’s School for the Visual and Performing Arts high school, and went on to secure a degree in Journalism from George Mason University. He is the author of “Without Sight but Full of Vision,” a memoir recounting how he overcame a childhood marred by blindness, abuse and abandonment.
Bonds became a recognized accessibility technology expert, providing expert web development and computer guidance to federal and corporate entities. He finds purpose in giving back through his participation and sponsorship of programs and events for troubled youths. He holds foster care licensing, and is in the process of adopting teenage boys.