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Bronx, NY
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Portrait of Bianca Merkley
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.
 
 
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