The intellectual talent of Johnny Mercier, the musician, can be attributed to a handful of distinct yet universal influences through inspired aspirations, a sincere love of God, a deep hunger for knowledge, and his wicked sense of humor! As a pianist and organist, he’s driven to leave his musical mark, the fruit that he bears, on the world’s stage with an intention to reflect a sense of joy, encouragement and peace through his music. After hearing a quote from Steve Harvey he realized that having a “Plan B” was not an option, and continues to fulfill his purpose as a forward thinking musician and businessman in demand.
A life devoted to creating, nurturing and living music of all forms has led Johnny to a number of professional accomplishments while playing piano and Hammond organ. He has honed his own craft as a skilled musician by studying with accomplished pianists such as respected jazz recording artist Mulgrew Miller, Billboard’s Best New Jazz Artist of 2000 Marc Cary, and Joel Weiskopf. Currently touring with jazz saxophonist and Grammy award-nominee Kenny Garrett, Mercer has accompanied chart-topping Soul/R&B and gospel artists throughout his career including Anthony Hamilton, Kim Burrell, Vickie Winans, Donnie McClurkin, and Paula White. He’s also served as musical director for many accomplished independent and signed artists including Sunshine Anderson, whose lead single “Heard It All Before” was certified gold. He maintains that while being a part of the total band experience is synonymous to having a conversation where powerful statements are being expressed and thoroughly engaged, his priority is in creating innovative music as a note-worthy producer, writer and arranger.