Six-time winner in the Houston Press Music Awards, Mango Punch! has consistently received praise from the press for the energy of their live shows and the quality of their recorded original music . Mango Punch! has performed in prominent concerts and events, like the pregame show of world-renowned Super Bowl XXXVIII and the inaugural ceremonies for Major Bill White and Major Annise Parker of Houston.
Walter Suhr, the band’s leader, has won a number of songwriting awards including among others:
- First place winner: 9th annual Billboard Songwriting Contest (Latin category)
- First Place Winner: Carnavalero de Oro in Tenerife, Spain
- Second Place Winner: Los Compositores (2010)
- USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention (2014)
- John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Third Place (2013),
Walter Suhr has written and produced commercial jingles including the Spanish campaign song for Hillary Clinton in 2008, and theme songs for the Houston Texans and the University of St. Thomas. He also co-wrote and performed the national Christmas campaign for Wal-Mart "Navidad en Familia" for which he won an ADDY award.
Mango Punch! has shared the stage with a number of international artists including: Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Aerosmith, Beyoncé, Elvis Crespo, Kumbia Kings, Gloria Trevi and others. Mango Punch! was also chosen to perform at an intimate private gathering for latin superstar Luis Miguel.
Their TV performances include shows for local stations of all the major Networks, including ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, Telemundo, Univisión, Galavisión and Televisa in Mexico. The video of their song “Qué me pongo” was made famous internationally through heavy rotation on HTV, MTVs and VH Uno.
Mango Punch! has six CDs of original music: “Mi sombrero y yo”, “Una casita blanca”, “Desayuno de amor”, “¿Qué me pongo?”, "Pop/Rock” and the self-titled “Mango Punch!”
In 2011, the City of Houston proclaimed Sept 28, 2011 as “Walter Suhr & Mango Punch!” Day.
Walter Suhr, lead vocals, keyboard, guitar: Guatemala
Doris Ríos, vocals, percussion: Puerto Rico
Frankie Ackerman, lead guitars, vocals: Monterrey, Mexico
Richard Soliz, bass: Houston, TX.
Johandy Ureña, drums: San Fernando, California
Jesús Pacheco, congas and percussion: Spain
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