Syesha Mercado is a singer, actress, dancer, songwriter and philanthropist, originally from the Sarasota and Bradenton area. She most recently made her Broadway debut-portraying Nabulungi in The Tony Award-winning hit musical The Book of Mormon (2014).
Syesha is widely known as a finalist on FOX’s seventh season of American Idol, in 2008. Out of 100,000 hopefuls, Syesha placed in the final three, as the last female standing. She went on to participate in sold out arenas in the U.S. and Canada on the American Idol LIVE Tour performing 53 concerts in 49 states. In 2011 she released her first Christmas Single on iTunes, entitled Christmas Melody.
Syesha’s biggest musical inspiration is her mother, Zelda Mercado. She discovered her love for singing while watching her mother perform in church. She followed her mom
around the house singing at the age of two in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida.
Syesha was awarded the keys to the cities of former hometowns Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida. In 2008, the town of Sarasota, FL also declared May 9th to henceforth be “Syesha Mercado Day.”
Syesha also starred as Deena Jones in the National tour of Dreamgirls (2009-2010) for
which she gained recognition from the Black Theatre Alliance and was nominated for Best Actress. Dreamgirls opened internationally in Japan and began at the legendary Apollo Theater for its 75th Anniversary. The singer has appeared on several national TV shows, including Live with Regis and Kelly, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight and The Wendy Williams Show. In 2012 Syesha Mercado starred as Ti Moune in the revival of Once on This Island at the Paper Mill Playhouse Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. In 2013, she produced her first independent show at The City Winery in Chicago to a sold out audience. In 2015 Syesha teamed up with Verizon Wireless, “The Big Payoff” in Harlem, New York at Madiba Harlem at MIST and co-headlined a sold-out show with Melanie Fiona.
She has also performed in ABC’s IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia and headlined a sold out concert at the Manatee Convention Center for Amer-I-Can, a non-profit, founded by Jim Brown, which works with inner-city schools. Syesha frequently performs for Human Right’s Campaign Gala Events all across the United States.
The Broadway Star is currently in Sarasota, FL, working on her debut album to be released summer 2017. Her most current projects can be found at Syesha.com and through all social media @Syesha (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
She earned the night’s first — and only real — standing ovation for her rendition of the Dreamgirls tune, Listen. Nature gave Mercado her undeniable beauty. But poise…vocal showmanship, style — and persona, established Mercado as the tour’s leader by far.
Syesha Mercado absolutely brought down the house with a death-defying power spectacular, Whitney- worthy rendition of “Listen.”