WHY MERMAN MATTERS
A brief introduction by Klea Blackhurst
Until recently, whenever I was asked the proverbial “who influenced you most as a singer,” I could never arrive at an elemental response. The question always caught me by surprise, so I’d furrow my brow and start to name singers I truly enjoy and deeply respect: Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Freddie Mercury, Donny Osmond. But as the opportunities for this question began increasing, I knew I needed to define what felt indefinable. I was ready to pinpoint who was instrumental in actually forming my view of a song; my love of certain sounds. “Why doesn’t the answer just pop into my head? Why don’t I know this,” I thought. Then it came to me. I realized I couldn’t point to the singer because it wasn’t the singer - it was the song.