Mharlyn Merritt is a vocalist with roots in Jazz, R&B and Classic Soul who has lived in London and New York and now creates music, novels and poems in her hometown of Philadelphia, PA.
In addition to collaborating with her brother Michael Merritt (formerly part of The Basic Cable Band on Conan O’ Brien’s TBS comedy/talk show) on the CD Alone Together, current projects include: the release of the cabaret EP, Jukebox Reveries: Love Songs from the American Songbook (feat. John Di Martino on piano); re-release of In The Ghetto, a psychedelic tribute to Elvis Presley and an EP of original R&B inspired genre bending tunes entitled Forgiveness, as well as Whosoever an EP of Ambient/Chill/Trance music all available on this site, iTunes and CD Baby.
Daughter of world-renowned Jazz bassist/composer, Jymie Merritt (Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie), Mharlyn Merritt is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fellowship in Jazz Performance and an Interdisciplinary Arts Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. With the band Messenger, led by guitarist/composer Richard Lee Steacker (Grover Washington Band), Mharlyn opened for Hugh Masakela, Eddie Palmieri, and Richard Belzer among others. During the disco-era her voice graced the background of numerous sessions at Philly’s legendary Sigma Sound Studios, including Fat Larry's Band.
Mharlyn has an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction/Poetry)from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
My Father's Story
I would not have a story if it were not for my father and mother. My mother left this earthly plane over ten years ago. Her story and influence will be explored on these pages later on.
But my musical mentor and guru, the Obi-Wan of my love of music and its performance comes down to my Dad, Jazz bassist and composer par excellence, JYMIE MERRITT.
On April 10, 2020 just a few weeks short of his 94th birthday, the father-man died at home in hospice under care of his loving second wife Ave.
I have donated in his name to the the Jazz Foundation of America's COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Because of the pandemic so many awesome Jazz musicians are unable to earn a living. If Jazz has been a part of your life I urge you to donate to the Jazz Foundation of America's COVID-19 Emergency Fund.
To find out more click on this link: https://jazzfoundation.org/covid19fund/
PLEASE SUPPORT JAZZ IN YOUR AREA BY BUYING CDs and MP3s from your LOCAL JAZZ ARTISTS.
I encourage you to check the video about my father on this page below.
Peace and Blessings.