Mel Bryant & the Mercy Makers are a Nashville based indie rock band comprised of lovers and friends. Led by bassist and songwriter Mel Bryant, their screaming guitars are met with a unique feminine energy that is equal parts powerful and sensitive, groovy and grungy, memorable and true. The four musicians live in a house together in East Nashville where they run their own recording studio, Electric Church Records, and work as the backing band for various local artists including the Billboard approved Katie Ruvane and American Idol contestant Caitlin Lucia, whose audition video has over a million views. They are currently self producing their debut album which raised over 3,100$ via preorder on Kickstarter and will be released in Spring 2019 with a tour to follow. Their debut single, In My Head, can be heard on all major streaming platforms.
Mel Bryant uses the gift of rock music to promote thoughtfulness, respect, justice and love throughout the human community. Combining poignant, bold lyricism with folk and blues guitar stylings, her songs seek to challenge apathy and shine a light on complex issues like anxiety, women’s rights, oppression, political partisanship and the pain of love and loss. She has performed her original music at the GroundUp music festival (the brainchild of Snarky Puppy’s label), the Okeechobee Music Festival (performing her own music and performing alongside members of Snarky Puppy, Vulfpeck and Michael McDonald) in addition to performing extensively in the South Florida, Nashville and New York City areas. She also orchestrated a national tour for her former band, Electric Church, and performed with them in various venues along the east coast. As a graduate of the University of Miami Frost School of Music songwriting program, she has extensive experience working in collegiate and professional studios in the recording booth and behind the console, producing her own music as well as the music of other artists. During the summer of 2017, Mel toured the Northeast US and Canada in support of her debut album, High Priestess. She currently resides in Nashville, TN and works at an independent recording studio and management company with her bandmates, Conor McCarthy and Brendan Bird.