Hi, I’m Rusty!

I am a speaker, songwriter, singer, and teacher on a mission to help people see through their own blind spots.
You might be saying, Rusty, you’re ignoring the most obvious thing. you’re blind!”

Well, I see myself as an ordinary person navigating life like anyone else. While being blind is a part of me, it doesn’t hinder my journey. I am happily married to an incredible woman, and together, we embrace a fulfilling life in sunny Southern California!

My Story

Blind since birth, Rusty was adopted at 8 months by the Perez family. “They gave me every opportunity to learn everything I know,” he reflects.
Rusty’s older sister, Martha, began teaching him to sing at a very young age. His father, Ben, nurtured Rusty’s talent by creating opportunities for him to sing at church. At the age of eleven, Martha introduced him to the guitar, and from there, he continued to teach himself by listening to the radio and exploring the small yet remarkable record collection in their home.

Rusty attended public schools throughout his education. After high school, he enrolled in community college and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree at the University of Riverside in California. Years later, he pursued a master’s degree as well.