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Check Out Merkell’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Merkell.

Hi Merkell, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Ever since I learned how to talk I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life, where I wanted to be, and what I needed to do to get there. I would sing solos in church all of the time, sometimes before my Father preached his sermon. Once I realized the passion I had for music, I enrolled in Oakland School for the Arts. That is where I fell in love with Theatre, so I started auditioning for the school productions. I had the opportunity to play the Scarecrow in “The Wiz” and Agwe in “Once On This Island”. After completing both productions, I felt even more motivated to continue my musical journey, because I knew how good I was and how I could make a career out of it. After graduation, I took a leap of faith and moved to Ohio for College, where I received my BA in Music Performance. To me, Ohio was one of the most random places to move to, but once I was settled in for a few weeks I noticed it was the perfect place for me to grow as an Artist because of the minimal distractions.

While attending Central State University I was privileged to travel around the World with the Central State University Chorus and the Jeremy Winston Chorale as a lead vocalist/ assistant director. When I graduated from college, I immediately packed up everything and moved to Georgia with $300 in my pocket, all of my clothes and the mustard seed of faith I had to continue my musical journey. After moving from California to Ohio I knew I could move from Ohio to Atlanta, knowing God would continue to lead me in the right direction. That’s exactly what he did. It’s been 3 years since I moved and I’ve been blessed to release my first single “Cld.ix” on all digital media platforms. I’ve also had the opportunity to be casted in “The Color Purple” stage production under the City Springs Theatre Company. With great focus and discipline, anything can happen.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Following your dreams is never smooth but it’s so worth it! There will always be something that will try to distract you from your goals. Working a 9-5, while trying to pursue a music career was definitely one of the greatest challenges I faced. Knowing I’m supposed to be in the studio recording, and still going into work because I had to be there too, was frustrating! I do believe this is a common challenge creative do face, but I’m here to tell you if you keep following your dreams everything will work out for you. All of the late nights and early mornings will pay off.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a vocal arranger/ vocal producer for celebrity clients. I also am an Artist/ professional performer as well. I’m most proud of my accomplishments over the past few years. I’m proud of myself for never giving up when times became hard. I’m proud of the music I’ve been able to create and help create. I feel what sets me apart is the way I’m able to pull different sounds out of my clients while recording or preparing for a show. Vocal sounds and techniques they didn’t even know existed or could be accessed. I like to work from a place of freedom and liberty, and it reflects onto my clientele.

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success is when you have mastered your art, your gift and your talent, knowing exactly who you are as an Artist. I believe a lot of people think success is when you have purchased your dream home, your dream car and have a ton of money. Real success comes from having the knowledge of how great you are on the inside and out, having faith doors will open for you because of the hard work you put in to get to where you want to be in your career.

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Photographer: Hunnus Stylist: Jeramiah Roberts

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