International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalist 2016

Portland Journey to Memphis Winner 2015 & 2017

Best New Band Muddy Award Nomination 2015

Best Contemporary Blues Band Muddy Nomination 2017

International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalist 2018


SISTER MERCY possesses a high energy, blues driven sound. Lead singer April Brown is mesmerizing with her powerful, beautiful presence, full range vocals and complete joy in performance. The talented Scott Garcia adds guitar and vocal textures. Rounded out with Roger Espinor on drums, John Webb on bass and Debby Espinor on keys. SISTER MERCY has a unique place in the blues along with April Brown’s velvet voice the rest of the band supplies strong background vocals and original music. Semifinalist in the International Blues Challenge 2016 and 2018, SISTER MERCY was also nominated for Best New Band and Best Contemporary Blues Band for the Cascade Blues Association Muddy Awards. SISTER MERCY presents music that is a pleasure for the ears and a show that is a feast for the eyes.

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From their opening song, Brown’s powerful vocal delivery and range were quite impressive live, and watching her was mesmerizing at times. A strong performance by a great band with deep roots in the Oregon music scene, when you need your fix of some great gospel-tinged, smoky R&B, go see this band! John Alcala

Editor, Vortex Magazine

Undeniably gifted vocalist Sister Mercy, backed by a talented ensemble of top blues musicians, brings fire, passion and mainstream appeal to this collection of Blues masterpieces.


Head Over Heels is an exceptional debut that will garner a lot of attention for a band brimming with talent. Sister Mercy is destined for success and this is the right step in that direction. Greg Johnson

President, Cascades Blues Association

Vortex Magazine Review

Sister Mercy's 'Head Over Heels' CD Release at the Star Theater on Dec. 14, 2014 Photos by John Alcala December 31, 2014 10:50am Portland officially welcomed Sister Mercy (featuring lead vocals by April Brown alongside Kelsey Brown on vocals, Steven Savoie on guitar,...

Alligator Records CD Review

Great Review from Bruce Iglauer of Alligator Records.   My Mind’s Made Up is a solid performance and people from Portland will like it….the vocals get better and better as you go. Sister Mercy is a soulful performance that held my attention…I liked the guitarist....