B i o g r a p h y
Brian Arnold is becoming one of America's most sought after motivational speakers and evangelists. He shares his personal story of going from a "victim" mentality to living a life of victory. His story is a story of hope.
At the age of 6, Brian lost his leg in a lawn mowing accident. His father, a basketball coach at the time, accidentally ran over him and he was left labeled as a "cripple". This was the beginning of a lifelong battle with his identity. This event also caused his mother to direct him towards music and becoming a pianist. By age 20, Brian was earning a living making music with his hands. Thus, his identity went from being known as a cripple to being known as musician.
In 1994, Brian was in a life-threatening auto accident involving a semi truck, which left him with his left arm paralyzed from the shoulder down. Once again, his identity was threatened. It would have been easy, if not expected, for him to simply give up and accept the label of being a "cripple". Brian continued to fight, believing God was not finished with him yet. Today, Brian helps others to look to the Father for their true identity. His message is against "identity theft". It is also a message of hope. That no matter what a person may look like on the outside or what they've been through, it''s what (or Who) is on the inside that matters most.
Brian has spoke at events with Don Piper (author of "90 Minutes in Heaven"), Samaritan's Purse (with Franklin Graham) and Compassion International (traveling to Bolivia and Guatemala), along with continuing to speak at all different kinds of churches and events. Of course, he still sings and plays the piano with one hand!
Brian is married to Diane Kukal-Arnold. They have four children, nine grandchildren! Brian's parents are Bob and Shirley Arnold, from West Plains, Missouri. He has two sisters, Shelley & Amy.
For more than 20 years, Brian has ministered to millions all around the world. Nearly 15 years were spent in Branson MO opening for some of America's premier talent, performers like Roy Clark, Ray Stevens, Ricky Skaggs, Loretta Lynn, Porter Wagoner, Frankie Avalon and many more.While in Branson, Brian also sang and played the piano for Silver Dollar City's resident Gospel quartet, Chosen Few. This award-winning group also traveled extensively across the United States, while ministering on TV, radio and in churches of all sizes and denominations. Their song, "The Little Things" (written by Brian) was awarded the 2001 Progressive Southern Gospel Song of the Year and is still in regular rotation on many Gospel radio stations around the country. Also in 2001, Brian and Chosen Few were awarded Branson's "Show of the Year" honors. Today, Brian has become known as "America's Favorite One Handed Pianist".