The Mercies

The Mercies

 Dallas, Texas, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

The Mercies are award-winning Texas singer-songwriters featured in American Songwriter Magazine. They have a true gift for sharing deeply personal stories through their raw Texas blend of folk-rock, roots, and Americana.

Biography

PRESS RELEASE (2-20-09): The Mercies have finished recording their new album at The Rendering Plant in Nashville with producer Phil Madeira, who is also known as a multi-instrumentalist (Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffith, Elvis Costello) and songwriter (Alison Krauss, Toby Keith, Garth Brooks). The Mercies were joined in the studio by drummer Bryan Owings (Emmylou Harris, Shelby Lynne). Phil Madeira also played Hammond B3 organ and electric guitars on the record.

Listen to The Mercies' award-winning song "Missing You in Memphis" that earned them a full-page interview in American Songwriter Magazine. Multi-platinum songwriter Phil Madeira shares songwriting credit on this song for his contribution to the music and arrangement.

Another sneak preview from the album is "Save Me" that's been a fan favorite and will be the first single released for radio airplay.

The Mercies will also be shooting a video release of the cover "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison in Toronto, Canada in May 2009.

Highlights 2008

* National press, a full-page interview in American Songwriter Magazine
* “Missing You in Memphis” a winner of the American Songwriter Magazine contest
* Headliner two nights at Ruta Maya’s, Austin Women’s Music Festival, Austin, TX
* Featured artist on the Texas Star Stage at the famed Strawberry Festival in Pasadena, TX
* Invited to sing the National Anthem at Irving Stadium for the Relay for Life, Irving, TX
* Top 10 ranking on MySpace Texas music charts in folk-rock, Americana, and roots
* Ft. Worth Songwriters Association Showcase, Ft. Worth Stockyards, Ft. Worth, TX
* 95.3FM Shiner Bock Rising Star Showcase, Lewisville, TX
* AirHogs Baseball Pregame Shows & on-field interview at QuikTrip Park, Grand Prairie, TX
* Upcoming headliner at The Cove in San Antonio, TX
* Upcoming performance at World United Music Festival in San Marcos, TX
* Visit www.themercies.com for more details!

The Story of The Mercies
Karen was awestruck the first moment she heard her Grandpa Pete Whitley sing “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” From that moment, she knew exactly what she wanted to be, a singer-songwriter like her Papa. At the age of eight, she wrote her first song on her Grandpa’s old Buck Owens guitar. Karen has matured into exactly what she wanted to become…a genuine singer-songwriter. Every song tells a deeply personal, yet universal story, with remarkable simplicity and honesty.

Karen found a perfect match in bassist and songwriting partner Kim Naddeo. Kim got her first guitar, a Sears Silvertone, from her mother for Christmas when she was sixteen. She didn’t even ask for it but knew it was something special the first time she strummed those strings. A few years later, Kim bought her first bass for a boyfriend who loved music, but the bass sat in the corner until she picked it up and instantly fell in love. They broke up, but the bass stayed. She eventually migrated to the music mecca of the Lone Star State, where she and Karen crossed paths.

They met while working together in another project, but their musical chemistry soared to new heights when they began writing, recording, and performing as The Mercies. In April 2006, Karen was diagnosed with breast cancer and became 1 of only 11,000 young women diagnosed that year. The long road to recovery gave new meaning to their lives and new meaning to their music.

In January 2008, they released a promo EP featuring their raw Texas sound. Journalist Melissa the Mouth describes it this way: “It’s folksy. It’s a little country. It’s honest American rock.” Their song “Save Me” begins, “Bobbi was a small town girl / She wanted to see the world / She learned to hide her dreams / In the pocket of her blue jeans.” Melissa the Mouth said, “Come on, doesn’t that put such an image of Americana in your mind? You know, the small-town girl in her faded Levi’s sitting in her pick-up truck at the Dairy Queen, dreaming of something more…of escaping her little town for the big city?”

Currently, The Mercies are performing regionally and recording tracks for a full-length release on True West Records in January 2009. Additionally, The Mercies are members of the Americana Music Association, Roots Music Association, and the Ft. Worth Songwriters Association.

Lyrics

Save Me

Written By: Karen Whitley, Kim Naddeo

Bobbi was a small town girl
She wanted to see the world
She learned to hide her dreams
In the pocket of her blue jeans

Bobbi knew at an early age
They would never understand her ways
She stole her daddy’s car
Broke her momma’s heart
Headed out of town, turned around and said

Save me from losing myself
All I ever wanted was love and happiness
Come on, Come on
Save me from losing myself
All I ever wanted was love and happiness

From a hotel in Topeka
She got the call
Mom said you’re daddy’s sick
And it won’t be long

Bobbi packed her bags and her guitar
Hoping 20 years had changed their hearts ‘cause
She’s not the girl who
Headed out of town, turned around and said

Save me from losing myself
All I ever wanted was love and happiness
Come on, Come on
Save me from losing myself
All I ever wanted was love and happiness

Brave Heart

Written By: Karen Whitley, Kim Naddeo

She’ll do what she wants to
Everything’s like a dream and
All of her tomorrows are
More precious than she knows

Everyday turns into more
More than a memory
Everyday is gold
Everyday is more than it seems

I say
Hey you don’t you ever stop
You’re the one with the brave heart
Hey you don’t you ever stop
You’re the child with brave heart

She’ll do what she wants to
That’s a guarantee
She’s gotta a lot of dreams and
Getting there is only half of what it means

Everyday turns into more
More than a memory
Everyday is gold
Everyday is more than it seems

I say
Hey you don’t you ever stop
You’re the one with the brave heart
Hey you don’t you ever stop
You’re the child with brave heart

I Wish You Knew

Written By: Karen Whitley, Kim Naddeo

In my youth I may have loved you
Like the morning loves the sun
But somewhere I forgot
Exactly who I was
You're the wind that changes course
Wrecking lonely ships at sea
Nature has no conscience
And showed none to me

The past remains forever
Like a fingerprint in time
It's too late to go back and
Change the things that I don't like
My body's weak
My soul is tired
I wish you knew how hard I've tried

Discography

The Mercies, Self-Titled Indie Release, January 2008. Available at www.themercies.com and for download at Napster, e-Music, Rhapsody, and Amazon MP3.

Set List

The Mercies perform up to two 1-hour sets of original songs along with a few selected cover songs.

FEATURED ORIGINALS
I Wish You Knew
Save Me
Brave Heart
If You Don't Love Me Now
Missing You in Memphis
Dance with Angels
What Makes You Think
Brother
Try
What Have I Got to Lose
A Little Bit of Luck