Big news from our family

Photo by Alison Weakley

Hard work is a pillar of the message that I bring when I have opportunities to speak and share music around the world. My wife, Lesleigh, is one of the hardest working people I know.

She began working as a nurse the year we got married. For 10 years, she’s worked in two hospitals, and has been a respected Neuro Critical Care nurse.

Many of you here on this page know her best through her work with me… she’s a singer, pianist, percussionist, producer, teacher, photographer, graphic designer, and her list of talents and gifts goes on…

Last November, our son Theo was born, and she has flourished in her role of being the best mom she can be to him. For the past four months, Lesleigh has been a full time working, touring Mom. She’s said, “I feel that God has put a new calling on my heart.”

It’s always been our goal to do this work that we do… together. Theo has been well-suited for this life, and he’s plugged right into our little family band.

After much prayer, thought, conversation, budgeting and budgeting again, we have made a large decision… Lesleigh will be leaving her nursing job after her final shift this Saturday to pursue her new calling as Theo’s mom, and to work full time, side-by-side with me.

We thank you for your love and support during this journey: from starting as a touring duo, to growing into a trio. You fuel us forward, and we can’t wait to grow and go where we are called to be… as a family.

Tony, Lesleigh, and Theo

A Word of Encouragement

To my Lucky Fin Friends who’ve had a hard week in the face of adversity, having been called “deformed” (and a number of other grievances that have been shared), I offer this encouragement: 

I’ve performed and spoken in stadiums, theaters, hospitals, and schools all over the world, and I’ve heard every question and been called most every term under the sun. 🙂

This lesson has stuck with me: the kid who walks in the classroom and shouts “gross” when he first sees me, is often the one stuffing his hand in his shirt wanting to be just like Tony Memmel ten minutes after hearing me speak and play guitar. 

Develop a thick skin AND remain patient, confident, and kind in the face of adversity. That is when the world turns its head and asks the question, “What does he have that I don’t, and how can I be more like that?” That is how hearts and minds are changed. 

Furthermore, occurrences like this are a good gut-check, and give me good cause to examine what TRUE JOY and confidence are built upon. 

For me it starts with my faith, then my family and friends who speak truth to me in love. To paraphrase the proverb: The fool builds his house upon the sand. The wise man builds his house upon the rock. 

Each day moving forward, make a pledge that no comment a stranger says will impact your day, rattle your confidence, or distract you from your goal. 

When faced with a choice to be bitter or sarcastic, to stew or commiserate, choose the opposite path… it is a choice. It will change your life. 

I’m so grateful for the opportunity to serve in this community. 



Wisconsin Public Radio Feature

Artist-In-Residence at Crestwood Elementary – Madison, WI (Photo by Brad Kolberg- WPR)

Exciting news! Wisconsin Public Radio featured a piece on my work, my ministry, and my work with non-profits and people around the world.

Click HERE to read/listen to the piece!

Want to Hear My Take on Baby Shark!?

The Baby Shark craze has made it’s way to my new project at Kidspace Studios. KS Studios is a newly assembled team of teachers, parents (and I), creating new music and animation every week made just for kids and families.

I had a lot of fun putting this one together for you. If you like it, click subscribe and share with a friend! You guys are what keep us going!


We have a REALLY SPECIAL show coming up! Can’t wait to share the stage with these amazing songwriters…

The Bluebird Cafe
“In the Row” with Tony Memmel, Jeff Cohen, Alicia Witt, and Annalise Emerick
12.27.18 at 6:00pm

Tickets go on sale at 8:00am CST on 12/20/18, and I’m told that they go quickly! Here’s the link:

Madison Youth Choirs Artist-In-Residence

This semester, I’ve been working as the artist-in-residence with the Madison Youth Choirs in Madison, WI. We’ve been reflecting on the theme of resilience.

On December 8th & 9th, our semester together concludes with a concert series focused on our ability to overcome challenges, both visible and invisible, and along the way discover the limitless possibilities that exist inside each of us.

December 8th, 2018
Middleton Performing Arts Center
Middleton, WI
Tickets: $10 at the door

December 9th, 2018
Middleton Performing Arts Center
Middleton, WI
Tickets: $10 at the door

Welcome to the world…

It is my joy to introduce you to our son…

Theodore “Theo” Anthony Memmel

Birth stats:
Born 11/6/2018 at 6:20pm
8 lbs 9 ozs
20.5 inches

Theodore means “Gift from God,” and this little guy certainly is. Lesleigh is feeling well, and resting peacefully, and he is healthy, funny, and beautiful.

One More Show Before Baby Memmel Arrives!

Lesleigh and I are playing ONE MORE SHOW together before our baby arrives, and we’d love to see you there!

Friday 10/19/18
Swezey’s Pub – Pleasant View, TN
All ages, family-friendly, and FREE!

Come grab dinner or a beverage and enjoy a really fun night of music!