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Art & Life with Mercy Collazo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mercy Collazo.

Mercy, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
In a NUTSHELL. I am the girl who tried to live a normal life, working the 9-5 when my life started falling apart. I had a death occur. I was working a job that was pure shit and had a nervous breakdown. The person I thought I was going to be with for the rest of my life left me two weeks before Christmas. Time to pursue my passion, which is music. I had been doing music my whole life.

I been writing tunes since I was 16. But never attacked the dream as I should have. But this change forced me to look at everything I had been sleeping on. And I’ve been charging ever since. A lot of obstacles in between but I stay up. Within a year and a half of all the madness, I managed to get connected with Too$hort, who eventually signed me where I have been developing my sound and writing endlessly ever since. Along with that, I am also in a soultronica duo formed by myself and Art Bleek, who I met when attending the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Within a year of working together, we signed with Tokyo Dawn Records located out in Germany. My goal is to be a relevant artist/songwriter in the music business. It takes a lot of hard work and consistency. Sounds like a ride huh?

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am a singer/songwriter from Socal. Making music has always come naturally to me. I started at a young age and music was my only outlet. I was that anti-social teenager who stayed alone in her room not doing much. But thanks to my grandpa, that all changed one summer when he gave me his guitar. I stayed in that room, playing and writing tunes for days, eventually signing with a small entertainment company where I started to develop my talents. Ever since then, music has been the outlet that has saved me from lonely times of depression… to lose… to frustration. YOU NAME IT. Its been my other half.

I went through a lot of ups and downs in the past ten years and music has been my saving grace, so when performing, I tend to exude all that passion and hope that it inspires the audience to FEEL. In the past few years, I’ve been around some amazing artists and recently got signed with Too$hort. He has introduced me to some tremendously talented producers and I’ve been working on my next project, “The Pendejo” Playlist. My message has always been to stay up and stay true. No matter what hits you in life you must maintain a positive outlook and stay focused. I sing about everything from tragedy, breakups, to simply not knowing where I am in life and I know that is a very relatable thing. We are definitely in a time where we see people posting a fake life and that’s just not me. I want to be real and I want the audience to see just that… no matter what I’m singing about.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I am on all social media and music outlets. My first project we put out last year was the introduction. “Dimensions” was my first EP I put out with Too $hort. Next project is called “The Pendejo” Playlist, which is all about feel-good jams! First single “Pendejo” is getting set to be released, so follow me on all my social media platforms and if you like what ya hear. Support me by buying my music and sharing it. Make a comment! Do somethin’!(I KID) I hope you enjoy! To Support… Follow, make comments and SHARE!

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
My biggest advice for an aspiring artist is to believe in yourself, be your true self and invest in the hustle. Those are my top 3. I think it’s SO important to always believe in yourself. Since I was a kid, it’s been pretty much me, myself and I. I didn’t have too many people telling me “You can do this”. As a matter of fact, I had people saying… “You should go to college for something else”, which was partially correct! Should’ve done business. But that goes back to my “invest in the hustle” part. I had to learn for myself and went through a series of events where I wish I would’ve been more knowledgeable. But it’s all good! I’ve learned and I stay learning. I always tell any artist willing to listen to invest in themselves. Don’t depend on anybody. Work, save your money and put that into music education which entails business, marketing, publishing, etc.

I’m still learning myself! Now back to the first one, I get inspired by innovation and conviction mixed with PASSION. I get bored when I hear the same thing over and over again. Unfortunately, I hear a lot of that on the radio. The business has changed and I’m working with it but I decided not long ago actually that I was going to do my own thing and if “they” didn’t like it. Then I guess “they” don’t. But I feel so much more happier with my music and what I do because I’m not following the latest style however, I am adapting in my own way. So in a nutshell, please be yourself and show this world something new. Make us get inspired to not only be ourselves but be our BEST selves and challenge us through your art and your conviction. Believe in yourself enough to not give a crap when somebody says it’s not good enough. Educate yourself, so you stay in the game and while inspiring the world… you’re making money. (Meryl Streep voice) That’s all.

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Dyan Jong

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