Sol Patch was formed in the Spring of 2000. A discussion over jazz and blues music lead co-founders, Bryan Maldonado and Melissa Weatherly, to put together a group, write some songs, give it wings and let it fly. Thus began their musical journey.
Maldonado’s interest in music began at a very early age. His first musical instrument was the trumpet, which he played during junior and high school years. His musical taste was vast and always growing.
His first gig in a band was as the vocalist of Paris Green, a garage group of which he and fellow classmates formed when he was just 14. The band performed original songs as well as classic favorites of the time. After high school, he and other members of the group moved to Houston where he pursued an Art degree and honed his writing skills, writing all of the band’s lyrics to their musical compositions. Eventually, he tired of “life in a concrete jungle”. He left the group and the city behind, bought a cheap acoustic guitar at a flea market, and moved to the Texas Hill Country to chase his dreams. Here, he taught himself how to play the guitar and was where he would soon have the chance meeting that would change his life.
Melissa Weatherly was born into a musical family of singers and musicians.
Her roots in Gospel music go as far back as early childhood. As a child, her late-uncle Monk recognized her natural-born talent to sing, and encouraged her to pursue her dreams. Weatherly claims that she learned to sing harmony sitting next to her Mother in church. In high school, she sang solo in UIL, earning spots to the State Finals three years in a row.
She continued to share her talents after high school, singing at weddings and parties, and even sitting in with the house band when the rodeo blew through town. Her true-inspiration came when she heard Karen Carpenter for the first time. She sharpened her harmony skills by singing along with Carpenters albums and the hit songs of the era. She wanted to pursue her dreams of being a performer, but just wasn’t sure how to do it. Not until she had the same chance meeting that changed her life as well.
In the summer of 2011, they were approached to form a gospel group to perform each week at Hondo’s On Main in Fredericksburg, TX. After auditioning several musicians, they formed “Melissa Weatherly and The Any Given Sunday Band’ with Bill Lewis, Paul Tennison, Donnie Price, Wesley Holdsford, and Gary Dean. Since the band’s incarnation, they have garnered a following, playing every Sunday at Hondo’s On Main and other prominent venues in Texas.