In this Dream Tour segment, the pop artist, Mercer, reveals who she would want on her ultimate tour lineup. You can check out their picks, after the break.
In thinking about The MERCER Dream Tour- I reflected on growing up and the fantastic opportunities I had to see several female artists that spanned many generations and genres of music. These shows included everyone from rock icons to iconic singer-songwriters and performers- from Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Nora Jones, Adele, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Tate McRae to a 150-capacity venue featuring a relatively unknown Billie Eilish. These performers’ concert experiences aligned with their brands; for example, I recall Katy Perry had blown up fruit on stage at the Fillmore (she even held my hand pre-show as we skipped together to her merch table). Adele had a stripped-down backdrop so that the audience only focused on her vocals. At the same time, Nora Jones was center stage sitting at the piano.
Drawing on those experiences and music I listened to growing up, I would have to put Amy Winehouse and Tate McRae on the ticket. Amy was a constant for me starting with my rides to pre-school- she has stuck with me all these years; in fact, during my first live show at the Mercury Lounge in NYC, I covered Black to Black. Amy’s vocal styling captivated audiences and made her sets feel like intimate sessions. I would love to duet with her.
I would also invite Tate Mcrae, who has been a songwriting inspiration since she first blew up on YouTube with “One Day” in 2017. Her ability to connect with her audience through songwriting and deliver high-energy performances makes for an exceptional fan experience. The final piece would be a guest performance by Dolly Parton, one of the greatest songwriters of all time. I leverage Dolly’s narrative songwriting technique and the ability to draw inspiration from the people and places around me to create a story arch in my music. She would most definitely sing, “Jolene” and I would accompany her on the piano.
The MERCER Dream Tour is a powerhouse fusion of past and present, tied together by my passion for delivering relatable, uptempo songs that feature complex vocal styling. Imagine if we could collaborate on a single. Now that would be a dream!