BERLIN – Born in raised in Berlin, Mike Mercier moved to Arizona in 1999 where his music career elevated. He is making his way home and will perform at Fagin’s Pub on June 3 for his last US date before he embarks on his second European tour.
Mercier graduated BHS in 1992. After leaving Berlin in 1999, he started a band in Arizona, Leo’s Invention, and made an album that sold well via the internet. Since then, he toured extensively throughout the US. In 2009, he released his solo debut, “A Lesson in what not to do.” The album was released in late 2009 and continues to generate steady sales from stage and multiple online music resource sites, such as iTunes. He is now a renowned singer/songwriter in Tempe, AZ. His former rock band, Capital Down, has landed gigs with some national acts and has performed for some special events including the 2009 NBA All-Star Jam, The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, and various events for the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, and AZ Diamondbacks. He continues his career as a full-time musician building a loyal following locally, nationwide, and internationally through an extensive touring/performance schedule as a solo act as well as filling in lead vocal duties for many Arizona bands. He is currently in the process of writing material for a new album. He also has some other projects and collaborations in the works.
Last year he embarked on a European tour, and he was asked back this year. The tour will last around 3 months, nearly 40 shows, and will take him to multiple cities in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, England, Scotland, and Ireland.
Before he takes off to Europe, he will be coming to his home town to perform a solo/acoustic act at Fagin’s Pub on July 3. He plays in many styles including rock, alternative, and pop and plays a variety of original songs as well as cover songs. His voice varies in tenor/alto/soprano, and his guitar playing is sure to impress.
“It will be good to be home,” he said.
Mercier always dreamed of playing music for a living. After graduating, he delivered newspapers and saved up enough money to move to Florida for a year. He came back a year later and worked for a guitar assembling company. When he moved to Arizona in 1999, he worked many different jobs for a while until he decided to pursue his dream. That same year, he found himself making money doing what he loved. Now, his only job is through music. He is self-managed and marketed.
He offered some advice to other musicians pursuing a career in music:
“It’s all about attitude. You fall and you get back up. People sell themselves short sometimes. It’s about keeping true to what you want to do. It can totally be done. Keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities and seize it. Just do it. This applies to any aspect of your life, not just music,” he encouraged.