Bio

Growing up performing the blues in Guatemala wasn’t easy, but Mercedes ultimately created a space for it in Central America, where she’s been dubbed by newspaper Siglo 21 “la peregrina del blues,” The Blues Pilgrim. Mercedes’ unique, raw, guttural –and at times even violent- vocals have often been compared to a mix between Janis Joplin, Chavela Vargas and Patsy Cline, creating her unique genre which blends the rawness of old blues/country with the cultural and sonic traditions of her Latin home culture.

Her first EP "The Blue Devil" (2016) was recorded at Winslow Ct Studios in LA. Her song "Sangre Negra" was a finalist in the Latin category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She’s shared the stage with artists such as Rubén Albarrán (Café Tacvba), Gaby Moreno, Malacates Trébol Shop, etc. 

 

Mercedes is featured in the soundtrack of acclaimed independent films:

Temblores (2019)

Cadejo Blanco (2022) (music supervisor)

 

Long a fixture in the underground music world of Guatemala, Mercedes moved to the US, where she received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music.

 

Mercedes organized the first Pride event in Antigua Guatemala, and was appointed "Ambassador Against Violence Against Women and Girls" by United Nations Guatemala in 2019.