Merrily was adopted with her twin sister from a musical family in England and grew up in Seattle. As a little white girl, Merrily learned to sing by touring with the Total Experience Gospel Choir, and later formed her own 7-piece funk band called “The Bucket of Soul.” At age 17 she was picked up by “Showtime at the Apollo” and had the audience singing along with her toAretha Franklin on the national TV series hosted by Sinbad.
A recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, Merrily has performed for Linda Ronstadt and Smokey Robinson and has shared the stage with Bobby McFerrin, Phillip Bailey (Earth, Wind, & Fire), Don Was, and Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power). She was selected as the sole performer for Google‘s Grand Opening Celebration (Cambridge) in 2008 and has been featured with theNew York Songwriters Circle. http://www.merrilyjames.com/