Joe Merrick

Joe Merrick

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
SoloRockSinger/Songwriter

If Joni Mitchell and James Taylor had a son, he'd sound like Joe Merrick.

Biography

   Joe Merrick has been working ceaselessly in the Boston area over the last 30 years on a steady incline-building his career as a singer/songwriter.  Whether a soloist or band leader, Joe's original music and the stories about how they songs were written always reach the hearts audiences everywhere he performs. He writes about the simple things in life as well as the complex, such as the love between a parent and a child, and a young soldier going off to war.   

His songwriting style has been compared to, James Taylor, Marc Cohn and Jackson Browne.  His song, "Good Feeling For A Change," was licensed by Lifetime Television, as well as three MTV network shows. He has received songwriting awards from ABET, The Great American Song Contest "Song of the year", and Billboard.

His Latest accolades consist of two well-received performances, opening up for The Steve Miller Band.  He won the “Ohh, Ohh it’s Love” Subaru commercial competition where they were looking for a “fresh new sound for 2013”. The Commercial was aired during the World Series. As a result of winning the contest he now works for the company and has sung over twenty five commercials for major companies including Honda, Ford, Toyota and Work Out World.   He won two awards from Limelight Magazine “Male vocalist of the year” and “Song of the year” for “We’d Be Lying,” which he co-wrote with Kiley Evans.  He and band members joined Carole King at an event in New Hampshire, they played a set of American-themed songs and then he performed with King herself. Currently Joe is working on five songs for a new album, titled “Priscilla.   “All of the songs will be original compositions except a piano-based cover of  “Stairway to Heaven”.    
                                     As a Berklee College Alumnus, Joe has learned to survive in the music business by learning a number of different trades.  With songwriting being his main passion, he is an accomplished drummer, piano player, bass player as well as a producer.  He is figuring out a way to make a living by teaching and honing his skills as a producer and engineer and has worked for many artists in the Boston area.

                                 Joe feels “making it” in the music business is very different than it used to be. “Since we, as musicians, are in the midst of the digital music revolution, I feel it’s all in the hands of the artist”.

He has figured out ways to bring attention to himself by using the tools of the internet by investigating and educating himself... “The skies the limit”  he says.....

"One of the best voices in the singer/songwriter scene today “

                                              - Les Sampou, Boston singer/songwriter.


Lyrics

Beautiful

Written By: Joe Merrick

Beautiful Lyrics and music by Joe Merrick ©2003

I get all kinds of ideas driving up and down this street alone
But I don’t have any clue what kind of mood I’ll meet when I get home

I want to read your mind so that I can find all the reasons you’ve been so unkind

I try so desperately to tell you what I see
But you don’t believe how beautiful you are
I know our lives have changed..... my love remains the same
Why don’t you believe how beautiful you are

I toss and turn this debate round and round all night I ruminate
You say it’s not about me and yet you still don’t help me see

I want to read your mind so that I can find all the reasons you’ve been so unkind

I try so desperately to tell you what I see
But you don’t believe how beautiful you are
I know our lives have changed..... my love remains the same
Why don’t you believe how beautiful you are

Will I be your prince charming tonight
Or will any word I say ignite another fight
Not tonight.... not tonight

Sunflower

Written By: Joe Merrick


Sunflower Lyrics and music by Joe Merrick © 2006

Sunflower, she’s more beautiful by the hour
She’s my sunflower, she doesn’t know how much I love her

She wants to touch the planes in the sky
But we just laugh and wave them goodbye

Sunflower, overnight, She seems a little taller
She’s my sunflower, stay at home in the back yard with me forever

I tuck her in at night - she reaches for the stars
I just laugh and whisper that they’re too far

Sunflower, she’s as beautiful as her mother
She’s my sunflower, what did I do to deserve her

I know someday she’ll grow up and away
And won’t remember this beautiful sunny day
She’ll do all those things that I said not to
And touch the sky
And always be wondering why daddy said it’s too high
Sunflower, stay with me forever
In my back yard forever

© 2006
Joe Merrick 284 Lakeside Rd Hanson, Ma 02341 (781) 294 9297 jhmerrick@hotmail.com www.joemerrick.com


Just In Case

Written By: Joe Merrick

Just In Case (Joe Merrick) © 2005

I’m writing you this letter
To help me remember
My life is more than this bloody war

I vowed to serve my country
I vowed to be your husband
And for both I would die for

I’ve been deployed overseas
Forever it seems
Staring at your picture gets me through

But now more than ever
I wish we were together
So I could tell you I love you

But they’ll be sending me home soon
So I can tell you face to face
But hold on to this letter
Just in case

On a sunny day by the sea
Got down on one knee
You made my life with your reply

I was the luckiest man alive
Had the world’s most beautiful bride
To share a first dance on the fourth of July

I can fight another day
Through gunfire and grenades
Because you’re saving me with these memories

Across miles of oceans
Above bright white explosions
Your love is the courage in me

But they’ll be sending me home soon
So I can thank you face to face
But hold on to this letter
Just in case

I heard this morning
Our baby girl was born
Give her a kiss for me

Say that daddy loves you
And I hope she understands
I missed her birthday for her country

But they’ll be sending me home soon
So I can meet her face to face
But hold on to this letter
Just in case

Rollercoaster Road

Written By: Joe Merrick

Super 8
Celluloid
Home grown movie of a bleach blonde child
Crazy smile dancing wild and free
Somewhere in the 1970's

Before the fear
Before the doubt
Before the war
Before the falling out
Before the present day version of me
About as broken as anyone can be

But I am returning once again
As I feel my will begin to bend

But it's gonna take some time
To walk this roller coaster road of my mind
To straighten out this winding path
To learn to love myself at last...for me
Leave this dusty dirty trail of mine behind
The roller coaster road of my mind

Junior high
Winter woods
My friends and I never felt so good
While cells and sense and fear disappeared
Chase it down down down with another beer

Invincible
Nearly dead
Fourteen forever only in my head
I may make fifteen by the next year
I'm just waiting for this moment to clear

I can never return again
The running has to come to an end

Liquid mood
Solitude
Got to make it through
These testy highs and lows
I found myself a window for a while
Gave myself a standing mistrial

I saw the trees
Felt a breeze
Took the time to get on my stubborn knees
And surrendered to an all knowing smile
Maybe I can walk another mile

Cause maybe I don't really walk alone
I got a feeling that I'm coming home

Discography

Joe Merrick -Self titled CD
Joe Merrick-Supernaturally Sober
Joe Merrick-Down Home
Joe Merrick-Lost In Boston

Set List

All original