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Veliz crosses over Yesterday Music: Andy Veliz, a Rio Grande Valley native, released a single featuring two Beatles classics sung bilingually.

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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2002 12:00 am

By BRANDICE J. OBRIEN

The Monitor

McALLEN Andy Veliz claims his gentle, elegant voice has changed little since

the release of his first single in 1980. The Rio Grande Valley native, who

believes his sound is comparable to that of balladeer legends Johnny Mathis

and Barry Manilow, released another single last Friday.

Melodies features two Beatles classics Something and Yesterday sung

bilingually.

I chose the Beatles this time because I havent done them before. I always

liked them, their songs, said Veliz, 59. My style is smooth, love songs and

it shows off my voice very well.

In Velizs musical career, hes released about six single records two songs

per album all of which, featured his original songs. In 1996, Veliz published

his first full-length album, a cassette tape titled Through The Years.

Although most songs were original, covers were included.

(This) is my hobby and I like to stay in the music business, its what Ive

always done, Veliz said.

Veliz discovered his talent as a child.

Ive been singing since I was 5 years old. I was singing in the classroom and

the teacher took me to the superintendent of the school. He liked the music

and put me in a choir and featured me, Veliz said. I was put on Ty Cobb, a

local musical show. It was on once a week and was live on Channel 5.

Veliz was on the show throughout high school. As his voice developed, he

believed his sound resembled that of Mathis and Manilow.

I idolized Johnny Mathis in high school. I like his style. I always thought I

was like a ballad singer, Veliz said.

In college, Veliz learned to play the guitar and piano.

He was known for his hit, Lonely Nights Without You.

Despite his Texas success, music is only a pastime.

Although his name is still recognized among music fans, Veliz is primarily

remembered for his work as an educator and school administrator. In the

business for 35 years, he has lived in many regions of the Lone Star State. In

June 2001, he retired from Donna school district where he was assistant

principal at Veterans Middle School.

Too many, Melodies will be an opportunity to hear his latest work. Yet, Veliz

continues to play his music regularly and is available to sing at church

weddings.

Melodies is available at Boots n Jeans and Lionels Western Wear in Weslaco

for $9.95.

For more information, call his manager Joe Leal at 514-9990.

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