You Have Changed My Life

What is everyone talking about?

The Story

Through American Sign Language paired with singing, YOU HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE shares the true story of a boy who grew up in a deaf household with little exposure to TV, radio, or movies. Because of his incredible 8th-grade music teacher, Mrs. Norma Freeman, William came out of his silent world and discovered his voice through music. Watch how ASL (American Sign Language) and song lyrics meld together into a beautifully unique art form. This presentation is a heartwarming celebration of the incredible impact teachers have on each child’s life… regardless of their struggles.

“SIGNing The Song” is now “You Have Changed My Life”. New Promo Video coming soon!
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Teachers Inspired

In the past year alone, William has visited over 26 schools in over a dozen districts and changed countless lives.


You Have Changed My Life‘s main purpose is to celebrate and honor teachers. The incredible influence teachers have on children and adults alike is immeasurable and deserves to be recognized and celebrated.

Musically Spectacular

Performed by the phenomenal William Martinez, the presentation features a mixture of well known songs and a couple originals written specifically for this presentation. With gorgeous music and orchestrations by David Bawiec, your audience is bound to be filled with awe.


Not only do participants get to discover the deaf culture, but they also learn some American Sign Language at the same time. Throughout the presentation, William has the audience actively participating. Did we mention there are plenty of laughs to be had as well?
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What Others Say


  • William Martinez has our highest recommendation. Teachers will leave teary‐eyed, and oh, so very proud, that they are a teacher. We can't wait for you to see him and hear his story.
    Harry & Rosemary Wong
    Authors of "First Days of School"
  • It's a MUST SEE! I laughed, I cried, and I came out a different human being. Everyone has to see this presentation! I'm so thrilled to add another name to my list of Top Motivational Education Speakers: William Martinez.
    Kim Harris
  • “You Have Changed My Life” provides the perfect conduit to show up-and-coming teachers the meaning and value of teaching, but also to help the pros remember why they entered this incredible profession in the first place. I strongly recommend William Martinez for any conference, course, weekend retreat, or platform in which his positive message can connect with those who aspire to bring out the best in others.

    Beverly Woolery
    Polk State College
Upcoming Events


Upcoming Appearances

Date City Venue
02/27/18 Los Angeles, CA Rockwell Table & Stage
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $30. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 323-669-1550. Address: 1714 N. Vermont Avenue. Venue phone: 323-669-1550. This show is open to the public! If you are in the Los Angeles area, please join us! Buy Tickets More information
04/04/18 Las Vegas, NV National Association for Alternative Certification convention
Time: 5:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Red Rocks Hotel. This may be a closed event. Please contact me if you are interested in attending.

Recent Appearances

Date City Venue
10/06/17 Lawrenceville, IL Red Hill CUSD #10 Lawrenceville High School
Time: 12:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 2200 James Street. This may be a closed event for the school district. Please contact me if you are interested in attending this event.
10/05/17 Saline, MI The Ellen Ewing Performing Arts Center
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1300 Campus Parkway. This will be a public performance. Info to follow!
10/02/17 Montgomery, AL Alabama Independent School Association (AISA)
Time: 9:15am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Vaughn Forest Church 8860 Vaughn Road. Venue phone: 334-279-5433. This is a closed event. Please contact me if you wish to attend.
Questions Answered


Does the audience need to know ASL to enjoy William's presentation?
Not at all! Although William uses sign throughout, he is always speaking or singing simultaneously. Also, he teaches some words in ASL during his presentation, so everyone will walk away knowing some signs!
What is the running time of the presentation?
We have three different lengths based on your needs: 60, 90, and 120 minutes.
Is my event too big/small?
Nope! “You Have Changed My Life” has been presented for thousands down to just 30. The message is powerful regardless the size of the audience.
Can William travel?
Of course! He even has his passport, so international requests are also welcomed!
Who do I contact for booking information?
You can email William directly. Use the contact form at the bottom of this page.
What are William's technical needs?
Not to worry! He can make almost any situation work! We have a very easy to read Tech Needs info sheet that he can send you. Send him a message!
Is the presentation prepared for the hard-of-hearing?
Although “You Have Changed My Life” combines elements of American Sign Language, unfortunately, the entire show is not signed, so if you or any of your party members require the assistance of an interpreter we recommend you bring one with you to the show.

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Contact & Booking Inquiries

Have questions? Want to book William for your school? Send a message directly to William using the contact form below.