The daughter of a Motown back-up singer, 19-year-old Syesha Mercado discovered her love for singing in her church choir. Driven by her passion for both song and dance, the Sarasota, FL, native attended the middle school, and then high school for the performing arts, where she joined a rock/jazz/soul band. Upon graduation she continued to hone her performance skills as a theatre major in college. It is this intense training, combined with soulful, R&B vocals that make her the dynamic performer she is today.