Diunna Greenleaf and the Blue Mercy Band
Music: Jazz, Gospel, Blues
Diunna Greenleaf, the Leader of Blue Mercy is a native Texan (Houston) who has a background steeped in gospel music. Influenced by the likes of Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Rosetta Thorpe, Sam Cooke, Charles Brown and her own parents Ben & Mary Ella Greenleaf (Gospel). She has developed "Diunna's style of Blues" in the same tradition as so many other great Texas blues men and women. She combines intricate patches of jazz, gospel and heartfelt soul to create a kind of blues that takes one on an emotional roller coaster ride.
Diunna and her band Blue Mercy won 1st Place at the 2005 International Blues Challenge and have performed throughout the United States and Internationally, most recently at the 2004 Lugano Blues Festival in Switzerland.
John Richardson - Since joining Diunna and Blue Mercy Jonn has had the opportunity to play alongside such greats as I.J. Gosey, Grammy nominated Bert Wills, Rock n Roll Hall of Fame’s Johnny Johnson, and most recent Willie "Pinetop" Perkins. Jonn is the winner of the 2005 Albert King award.