Bianca Merkley

Bianca Merkley

 New York City, New York, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

With a voice that is pleasantly clear and sultry, Bianca writes and performs her music with conviction and ease, drawing in and wooing nearly any audience. In the words of one of her listeners, "You just can't get enough."

Biography

When Bianca Merkley turned 16, her dad gave her the option of buying an old beat up 1981 Toyota Corolla, or a slightly used shiny Taylor guitar. Most teens would have chosen the car without hesitation, but Bianca thankfully chose the guitar - a decision she will never regret. Now years later, with that same birthday gift Bianca has managed to write songs and perform her music with ease and conviction in front of thousands- using songwriting and performing as a way to connect with listeners from all walks of life.

Bianca started performing as young as 8-years-old singing everything from the “Ay ay ay” of Mariachi music to the twang of Country while performing at a wide range of events, from company Christmas parties to the 2002 winter Olympics. It was actually during one of those cold Utah winter nights in the streets of Park City with lips turning blue and fingers slightly numb, when she was approached by a passerby who said to her: "It’s amazing how in a 3 minute song, I have forgotten my problems." This was a monumental night for Bianca as this one fleeting encounter inspired her debut album Promise, released in 2007.

Engineer and producer Giles Reaves said it best when he described her freshman project as one that “takes you on a musical journey from folk-rock to pop and Latin flavors (with even some jazz influences making an appearance). Bianca manages to weave all these styles together into a wonderful unified tapestry of sound…With songs about life, love songs, songs of personal discovery and just some plain fun songs, Bianca covers lots of ground- all the while firmly establishing her sound.”

In 2009, Bianca co-founded and successfully carried out “Harmony for Healing: Women Helping Women Through Music,” an annual benefit concert where proceeds are donated to women in mental health. Shortly after, in the Spring of 2010, Bianca was a finalist in the Lilith Fair Local Talent Search in New York City with her original song, “The Canvas.” Currently, Bianca is releasing a new album in 2011 filled with moving melodies, lyrical sensibility, and beautifully simplified arrangements, which feature Naomi Steckman on the cello. This new project truly displays the beautiful subtleties of Bianca’s voice, and perceptive nature of her songwriting.

Lyrics

Taken By You

Written By: Bianca Merkley

Time has wings that set free when I… when I’m with you.
And seconds turn into minutes, and into hours, and even days and I still want you to stay

‘Cause I’m quite taken by you and every little thing you do

It’s in the way you make me laugh even when I’m mad
and the way you make everything seem all right

It’s in your smile, the clothes you wear, in your little boy style
and the way you make a cloudy sky turn blue

Yes and I’m quite taken by you, and every little thing you do.

So won’t you come and play with me? I’ll bring my dollies three. We’ll climb up my mango tree and slide down the rain barrel into the cellar door and we’ll be friends forever more

It’s the way you’ll sing a song and hit every note dead wrong
And the way you’ll lean down to kiss me

It’s in the way you wipe my tears; pull me close and drown my fears away.
And you remind me to believe

It’s in the way you dream big, won’t give up and won’t give in.
And the way you make me better everyday

Yes and I’m quite taken by you, and every little thing you do

So won’t you come and play with me? I’ll bring my dollies three. We’ll climb up my mango tree and slide down the rain barrel into the cellar door and we’ll be friends forever more

Yes and I’m quite taken by you, and every little thing you do. I’m taken by you…

The Canvas

Written By: Bianca Merkley

She looks at the canvas, so clean and white.
Sees nothing at all, no hope left in sight.
She picks up the paintbrush, dips it in deep,
Puts it on paper and lets the paint sing...

La di di da, la di da, la di di da, la did a (x2)

She puts down the paintbrush with fear in her eyes.
What if nobody likes it, and what if nobody buys?
She drops her head to her hands, approval weighing her down
When from out of the silence comes that familiar sound…

La di di da, la di da, la di di da, la did a (x2)

She looks at the canvas, she remembers her purpose,
So she picks up the paintbrush, dips it in deep
and shakes all the fears off and lets the paint sing…

La di di da, la di da, la di di da, la did a (x2)

Discography

"Promise" released November 2007

Set List

Typical set list consists of mostly originals with some covers. Bianca usually performs a 45-60 minute set.