Syesha Mercado

Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive or inspires you?

Syesha Mercado: When I am in the moment. I come alive when I look into my boyfriend’s eyes, when I embrace him, when I hold his hand and I am completely present and appreciative of all his love.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

SM: Performing. It could be thousands of people or just two, but I can’t hide behind anything when I am singing my own songs.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

SM: Let’s all sign petitions to make Earthships and organic home gardens the normality.

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

SM: I embrace it. I accept it as if I chose it and [then] learn from it. I remind myself, there is a beginning and an end to all things.

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos?

SM: Meditation, prayer, and uplifting music.

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?

SM: Sometimes being honest with someone or hearing the truth hurts, but it is always better to be honest and accept what is.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

SM: In the end, all that really matters is love.

MP: What causes or organizations are you passionate about?

SM: I am extremely passionate about my nonprofit, PropheSye. Before you ignore another homeless person on the street, just remember that that could be someone’s father or someone’s mother and they have a story. Addictions and mental disorders are like a disease, and they need treatment.

MP: Tell me about your yoga or mindfulness practice. What influence has it had on your life?

SM: Meditation and prayer are my secret weapons, and when I use them, I can move mountains. I love to put on frequency music or binaural beats to keep myself centered. It helps me with mental clarity, and it gives me a moment to breathe and be present.

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

SM: Thankfully, I am working on my first album, available next year. I am also working on a showcase in New York City that will give my audience a glimpse of what they’ll hear on the album—soul/folk music. I am also looking forward to sharing PropheSye with the world.

MP: What is love for you?

SM: Love is sunshine, music, nature, my puppies, my boyfriend, my parents, my siblings, my true friends. It’s a connection that allows us to coexist on this planet.

MP: What is the most important thing for us to do as beings?

SM: To cherish one another and find our purpose. I feel that sometimes we are so distracted by superficial things, we forget what really matters: cherishing those around us. We allow temporary satisfaction to have most of our time. At the core of every human being, there is a need for love.

Syesha Mercado, known for her soulful voice and girl-next-door charm, rose to fame on the seventh season of American Idol, in 2008. Popular for belting out hit songs, she ended the season as the second runner-up. She went on to star in The Book of Mormon, Dreamgirls, and more.


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