Six-time winner of “Best Latin Band” in the Houston Press Music Awards (most recently in 2010), Mango Punch! lives up to that distinction. They have performed in prominent concerts and events, including the pre-game show of the world-renowned Super Bowl XXXVIII, along with Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Aerosmith and Beyoncé. See the Super Bowl XXXVIII video. They are the only band in Houston who has performed at the inaugural ceremony for both Mayor Bill White and Mayor Annise Parker. They have also performed halftime shows and/or sang the National Anthem for The Houston Texans, The Houston Rockets and the Houston Dynamo.
Mango Punch! has shared the stage with a number of international artists including: Elvis Crespo, Kumbia Kings, Jennifer Peña, Gloria Trevi and others. Mango Punch! was also chosen to perform at an intimate after-concert gathering for latin superstar Luis Miguel.
Their entertainment services are in high demand. They have performed for a large number of important organizations, companies and events including: Baker Oil, Schlumberger, El Instituto de Cultura Hispánica, EXXON, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, CHEVRON, the Houston Symphony Fundraising Gala and many others.
Their TV performances include shows on all major Networks, including ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, Telemundo, Univisión, Galavisión and Televisa. The video of their song “Qué me pongo” received international notoriety through heavy rotation on HTV, MTVs and VH Uno.
Mango Punch! has recorded 5 CDs of original music which include songs that have won national and international songwriting contests. “Big Dreams, Grandes Sueños” won 1st place (Carnavalero de Oro) in the Certamen Internacional de la Cancion del Carnaval (in Tenerife, Spain); “Valemos la pena” won 1st place in the latin category of the ninth annual Billboard Songwriting Contest; and “Mamita Chula” won 2nd place in Los Compositores in 2010.
Walter Suhr & Mango Punch! offer a visual and musical show that can range from a concert to a high-energy dance environment. The bilingual repertoire includes songs that span a large variety of styles, from salsa and merengue, to American standards and Top 40.
Throughout their history they have always incorporated the most recent technology. They own state-of-the-art equipment and they are one of the first bands in Houston to incorporate a fully digital 32-channel Yamaha mixing board.
Mango Punch! is also very proud to use Biodiesel for the transportation of equipment, reducing impact on the environment.
Walter Suhr, a native of Guatemala, graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in music and computer science from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. As a songwriter he has won several national and international awards including the “Billboard Songwriting Contest“, “John Lennon Songwriting Contest“, “Certamen Internacional de la Canción del Carnaval” in Tenerife, Spain and the “Festival Internacional de las Islas Canarias“. He co-wrote and sang the national Christmas campaign for Wal-Mart in 2005 “Navidad en Familia” for which he received an ADDY award.
In 2008, because of his songwriting credits, he was hired to write the campaign song for Senator Hillary Clinton in Spanish.
Most recently his song ‘Nothing, nothing’, was chosen as the theme song for the movie ‘Love for Rent’. His work creating Spanish versions of English songs is highly valued. He has collaborated with Karen Taylor-Good, a Grammy-nominated songwriter and SESAC Songwriter of the Year, in the Spanish version of her song “One mile apart” singing it as a duet on her album “How many women”.
Walter has written several commercial jingles for radio ads and political campaigns, including the highly successful Hispanic theme song for the Houston Texans and the theme song for the University of St. Thomas in Houston.
He started Mango Punch! feeling the need to have a band that would play many styles in English and Spanish to integrate diverse cultures and age-groups through music.
Chris Houghton is the product of a musical family. His mother is a classically trained pianist and a child of the music scene of the 60’s. This led to his exposure to many different styles of music and performance at an early age. Raised in church, he and his siblings had the opportunity to express themselves on many different instruments.
He found his musical voice in the bass at the age of 15. An avid fan of all music that speaks to the heart and soul, Chris seeks to embody the feeling of each and every song he plays no matter what style it is. Chris has performed with many artists from different genres including Grammy-award winning artist Israel Houghton, Ricardo Sánchez, Matt Brouwer, Ryan Edgar as well as local artists David Davis and Krissi Minten. He has also toured extensively with recording artist Lilly Goodman from the Dominican Republic.
Was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico. As a child, she loved music and singing “a capella” in three parts with her two sisters, Lillian and Aixa, at parties, home, and church. At the age of 13, Doris asked her parents for a guitar as a Christmas present. Aware of the talent of their three daughters, they did not hesitate in getting Doris a guitar way before Christmas. Doris learned to play the guitar by herself. She sang, played the guitar, and played percussion in many churches in Puerto Rico and Houston.
Doris earned a bachelor’s degree in Education with a minor degree in Math in Puerto Rico and has lived in Houston since 1986, where she works as the Magnet Coordinator at an HISD school. Even though she works fulltime at school, she has always made time to sing, harmonize to radio songs, and play her guitar, which has always been her passion.
John Paul (JP) Ríos
Born on April 1st, 1985 in Santa Clara, California, John Paul Ríos developed a passion at an early age to pursue a career in Music. He developed his musical knowledge playing in church and in school. In 2004 , he decided to take his love for music to the next level and moved from California to Houston, Texas. Here, he attended Canzión Institute of Music where in 2006 he received his Associates Degree in Music Theory/Composition.
After graduating, he taught at Canzión for almost 2 years. After that, he traveled extensively with his band, Cronos. He has had the privilege to work and travel with many different artists including: Juan Salinas, Cronos, Revoluzión Estereo, Ruth Mixer, Rojo, Daniel Calveti, Funky, Lali Torres, Lakewood Church, Harold Guerra, Buckley, Stephen McCarley and many more…