‘I don’t believe in the fact that there is an album that an artist ‘had to’ write, I do believe in the fact that ‘Let It Go Easy’ is a consistent musical answer to a lot of questions I had in that period of my life. Those two are inseparable. Many songs describe the process I have gone through. With both its beautiful and less appealing aspects I’m afraid.’
The Americana influences stayed. However, the sound has become rougher and the songs somewhat harder. It becomes clear very soon that the singer songwriter has gained a lot of self knowledge in a short amount of time.
‘Letting stuff go, is something I’ve always found very difficult. But maybe it is something that I can learn. Writing ‘Let It Go Easy’ was a nice first step anyway. ‘Let It Go Easy’, try so see things easier from now on.’
His first album, ‘This Ain’t New York’ received very positive reviews and was applauded by critics within the genre. Willem Jongeneelen (BN De stem, OOR) called it ‘A heck of an Americana album from Dutch soil’. Following the release of this album, Mercy John played several venues across The Netherlands. Highlights from the album were aired on Radio 1, Radio 2 and 3FM.