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Hairography Mix: Broadway Star Syesha Mercado’s Favorite Tunes

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Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing Broadway star and season seven American Idol finalist, Syesha Mercado. She’s currently on the bohemian adventure of a lifetime, traveling the world, while writing and recording new music as she goes. I caught up with her at the current stop of her expedition in Belize, and she told me all about what inspires her as an artist, and even gave me a little taste of her creative process.

“Exposure to new cultures and traveling the world inspires me, and nature speaks to me. There is something about escaping the noise of the city, and being outside while listening to the rain fall or the sounds of the wind. Lyrics come to me much more easily to me when the noise is gone, and I feel more centered and open. It’s just easier to hear. It motivates and inspires me to never stand still.” – Syesha Mercado

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I asked Syesha to create a mix for the soundtrack of her life. This track list consists of Syesha’s favorite songs of all time that consistently inspire her to this day, and songs she currently finds herself listening to regularly, as she travels through Central America. Here are Syesha’s playlists:

Current iPod Playlist; The Belize Mix:
1. Show Me – Bruno Mars
2. Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey
3. Glory Box – Portishead
4. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
5. Is This Love – Bob Marley
6. One Love – Bob Marley

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Favorite Songs of All Time:
1. Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
2. Requiem for Tillana – Raj Star
3. Dos Dias en la Vida – Celia Cruz
4. Bossa Cubano – Los Zafiros
5. I am Light – India Arie
6. Not Your Average Girl – India Arie
7. Sunshine (I Can Fly) – Raul Midon
8. Love – Kirk Franklin
9. Summertime – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
10. Bag Lady – Erykah Badu
11. Yelling Away – Zap Mama
12. Tell Him – Lauryn Hill
13. Stomp – Kirk Franklin
14. Emotions – Mariah Carey
15. Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Isreal Kamamawiwo’ole
17. Skyfall – Adele

And here is Syesha Mercado singing a cover of one of her favorite songs, Skyfall, by Adele:



*Source: Youtube

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We hope you enjoy listening to the sounds of Syesha, and may her favorite musical influences bring you creative inspiration as well. And don’t forget to check out Miss Jessie’s Beauty Talk blog later this week, for my interview with one of the world’s most talented and amazing curl girl’s, actress, singer, and songwriter, Syesha Mercado!

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