The official Perfect Mercy bio:
Perfect Mercy emerged into the music world January 2000 in Knoxville, Tennessee. In their time, the band honed a sound that was described by fans as the next magnetic prototype for modern music. The band originated as a five piece group that formulated an eclectic mix of rock, blues, funk & reggae. Though each style was only recognized as an influence, it lended to a sound that grasped music lovers young and old. The all-embracing mix of inspiration for the members of Perfect Mercy produced an unequivocal style that proved to not be restricted or pigeonholed.
Shannon Parker was born and raised in North East, Pennsylvania; a small town just outside of Erie. Since the age of four, she has graced the stage with her talent as an entertainer. In 1999, Shannon won Western Pennsylvania's Female Vocalist of the Year and later moved to the south in search of a better venue for her distinctive sound and song writing skills. The engaging search for an esteemed guitarist/songwriter led to Knoxville native Justin Parker.
Justin was searching for musicians for a new project. When he and Shannon met in January of 2000 for a jam session, they knew immediately that they were on to something. Everything just clicked from the first note, says Parker. By the end of that session we had already written three songs and I knew the moment I heard Shannon sing I had to be in a band with her. I had just hoped that she liked how I played guitar."
They began building a reputation for being one of the area's hardest working bands. Crafting a different sound and dedicating themselves to their performances paved a path to opportunities such as performing with artists like Dexter Freebish, Pat McGhee Band, American Bang, Seven Nations, and Tinsley Ellis. Perfect Mercy also supported local charities such as Relay For Life, East TN Children's Hospital Dance Marathon, and Second Harvest Food Bank. The band organized an annual multi-band concert, Jam For Cans, which benefited Second Harvest Food Bank.
In an effort to expand the band's sound, they searched for a second female voice for harmony. Susie Haas answered the call in 2003 and opened a whole new dimension for the band, creating a "cinematic sound" that demands to be experienced. "I've always enjoyed singing and finding someone like Shannon that I can harmonize with is what makes music so fun and such an integral part of my life" says Haas.
Perfect Mercys process of writing music consisted of only one equation: collaboration. While inspiration for a song presented in different ways, their key to success was input from each of the bands members. We dont have one particular formula for writing the song. Sometimes Ill have lyrics or a melody line that Justin adds a guitar part to. Other times, the band will just start jamming and Ill hear the vocal in my head, says vocalist, Shannon Parker. The bands open approach allowed a multitude of musical influences to shine through. "We try to capture everyone's ideas and creativity into everything we write. When we've accomplished that, we end up with a song that means so much to all of us," describes Haas.
2006, the band called it quits as they took time off to deal
with interpersonal problems. During this hiatus, Shannon and
Justin moved to Nashville and built Crocus Lane Studios where
the band would begin writing, recording, and preparing to hit
the stage again. An integral ingredient to the Perfect Mercy
Sound was the signature percussive work from Perfect Mercy
veteran, Phil Tremblay on the drums and the solid, motown
influenced grooves of bassist, Chris Rogers. Together, the band
was a cohesive powerhouse of infectious hits.
Perfect Mercy offered their fans a new performance each show, creating a unique experience every time they took the stage. They were in their truest form live, connecting with the audience through emotion and energy.
The band's members have since parted and gone on to pursue other interests. Chris Rogers is actively demonstrating his talent as a gifted artist. You can see his work at his myspace page. Phil Tremblay continues to work and tour as a professional drummer hailing from the Nashville area. Susie Haas is still singing and aspires to join another band someday. Shannon finished her Nursing degree and became mother to a bundle of joy; Everhett. Justin formed a band called Temper Through Tears and had success as a local Knoxville favorite cover band from 2009 to 2013.
Currently the band is preparing for yet another reunion show projected sometime early 2014.
But don't take our word for it...
has achieved a lot of local success, thanks in part to lead singer
Shannon Lindsey's distinctive voice, sounding like a cross between
Letters to Cleo and Stevie Nicks. The band's sound is an eclectic mix of
rock, blues, funk, and reggae, and lead guitarist Justin Parker's talent
shines in every song. Parker's varied and quick guitar licks compliment
bassist Chris Rogers and keyboardist Susie Haas well. The first track of
their self-titled album shows off both Parker's and Lindsey's strengths,
grabbing attention and creating an energy that is sure to have fans of
all genres begging for Mercy."
"Perfect Mercy has created something very different [...]. Perhaps the most decidedly different element of their music is vocalist Shannon Lindsey. She undoubtedly has an excellent voice [...]. The musicianship on "Traffik" is first class [...], especially with the added help of skilled guitarist Justin Parker. When Lindsey's voice blends in, be it on "Stand," "Happy" or "Bringing You Down," it becomes apparent that this is a band on the rise."
John Carruthers - The Daily Beacon
"Take two cups of rock, a cup of
blues, a smidgen of funk and a dash of reggae for good
measure. Sprinkle in some hypnotically intense female
vocals and a wealth of diverse musical experience. Then
mix it all together. The result is a hearty helping of
Knoxville's Perfect Mercy."
Kevin Saylor - The Knoxville News Sentinel
"Perfect Mercy has a gigantic,
almost cinematic sound that's complimented by a female
vocalist who sounds like a grittier, less pneumatic
version of Stevie Nicks. The music rocks, but doesn't
club you over the head; you'll leave shaken, but
Adam - LockerGnome.com
"The Perfect Mercy Sound is strong
female vocals over tight and powerful guitar/bass/drums
Chad Kempfert - About.com