Mercy's Cartel

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: R&B/Soul

Instrument/voice type: Alto

Location: South West

Website: instagram.com/mercyscartel

Essex-born, singer and producer, Mercy's Cartel creates genre-bending music that pulls from various sources of inspiration. Influenced by pop, R&B, hip-hop, gospel and afrobeat, Mercy strives to create music that is unique to her experiences. Lyrically, she is witty whilst her songwriting focuses on warm, soulful, melodies and

Feeling her most natural self on stage, Mercy has supported artists such as Kojey Radical, Etta Bond, Yazmin Lacey and more. In 2018, she released her first single and EP, ‘Vibes Cartel’, which gained the attention of Jamz Supernova at BBC Radio 1Xtra and was voted in her Top 5 EPs for the month. Last year Mercy headed out on a 4-date UK tour, performing in Birmingham, Manchester, London and Bristol. In addition, she performed at established festivals such as Dot to Dot, Glastonbury (via Silver Hayes), Kendal Calling and Giles Peterson’s We Out Here festival.

Last month, she was part of Native Managements initiative to get more women of colour into music careers both front and back of house. Speaking extremely highly of her time there, Mercy learnt skills in lighting, mixing, playback technology and now feels more inspired than ever. Experiencing a full circle moment during the course whilst speaking to one of her biggest inspirations Nao, Mercy now has her sights set sky-high.

After a trying year and releasing two strong singles, Sleep and Falling Mercy continues to garner industry support. Having regular radio support, she has been named on BBC Introducing's Hotlist (August 2020) and played on Radio1 (Ricky, Charlie and Melvin; Jack Saunders) and 1XTRA (DJ Target).
 
Help Musicians will be supporting Mercy's Cartel with the release of a 2-part EP and the release of supporting singles.

The EP will not be genre-specific and will be influenced by sounds from indie rock, dance, psychedelic funk, hip-hop, R&B, and Afropop.
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