New artist spotlight: Mercy Bell

Mercy Bell is a country/folk artist from Nashville, Tennessee, as well as an openly queer Latina-American. Her music is inspired by the 1960s American folk she grew up listening to as a child. 

Born in Boston, Mercy spent her childhood in California before moving back to Massachusetts as a teenager. She studied history at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. 

After graduating, she moved to New York City to pursue music with no more than a duffle bag, an air mattress and a guitar. In 2010, she launched a successful Kickstarter project to create her first album, “All Good Cowboys,” before making her way to Music City. 

The debut sees Mercy wearing her 60s folky guitar instrumentation and songwriting on her musical sleeve. With a sultry voice and bold demeanor, she recounts her stories and experiences from trekking out into the world to be a musician on songs like “Icarus” and “All Good Cowboys,” using folk imagery as an analog. 

Her new single, “Skip to the Part,” is comparatively a brighter and poppier outing compared to her earlier material, however, the honest heart-on-the-sleeve songwriting still shines through. You should definitely give her a listen if you’re a fan of artists like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Fleetwood Mac.

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