About Ken Mercer Music Biography Career Personal Life


About Ken Mercer Music Biography Career Personal Life
Photo by Massimiliano Di Mario in Florence, Italy

I have been working in the music industry for over 20 years. My influences are Simon & Garfunkel, The Shadows, Buddy Holly, Paul McCartney and David Bowie to name a few. 

On April the 2nd of 1978 I was born in Plymouth (UK), but I lived a good part of my early childhood in Hayes, Middlesex.

After moving to the West Country my interest for music began around the age of 13 when the school I attended started to introduce music classes. Once I had mastered the descant recorder (much to the delight of my poor teacher’s eardrums) I discovered an old piano in the geography classroom where I began by myself to figure out basic chords and arpeggio’s by ear. I would spend nearly all of my lunch breaks and most of my time after school hours alone in the classroom determined to learn. At this point I still had no idea how important music was going to be for me. 

I’m now a self-taught singer and multi-instrumentalist who plays acoustic, electric and bass guitar, piano, and currently learning to play drums. 

My career has taken me all over the world, and I’ve had the pleasure of playing many great venues from street shows to opening shows for Art Garfunkel on two European tours.

Artie and I became friends in London back in 1997 at one of his concerts at the Palladium in London. During one of my visits to New York City, we spent a few hours together in Ted Spencer Studios where we recorded a cover song together. I played acoustic guitar, Artie played percussion and we both sang ‘Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter’ of Herman’s Hermits. The song was never destined for public release; it was all about two singers having some fun together in the studio. 

I lived in Italy for 14 years where I worked as a professional street performer. 

For 10 years of that time I did shows almost every night outside of the Uffizi Art Gallery in Florence for tourists and locals. I sold over 70,000 copies of my albums during that period. 

Currently, I perform in the North-East of the UK at a wide range of venues and events, I teach guitar both in person and on Skype. I also produce music videos and audio recordings for others at my studio. You can visit my Youtube channel where I have released many guitar tutorials and performance videos.

One of my biggest passions besides performing is to help aspiring musicians to experience the great satisfaction of reaching their goals. If you are reading this I would like to be a part of your musical journey. This is why I decided to teach guitar and create many free lessons on my YouTube channel

Your progress is an inspiration to me so get in touch, say hello, and let me know how you are doing!

  • Alex B.

    "Alex B. here from Milton Keynes. I really enjoy your tutorials, particularly the ones on Shadows tunes. Your teaching style is very easy to follow and understand.
    Good luck with it Ken, your lessons are some of the best I've watched."

  • David C.
    "Having had in excess of 50 on line guitar lessons with you I can recommend the service you provide.  I have tried other tutors in the past but have found your attention to detail tempered with a sense of feeling toward the student to be first class.
    I would not have progressed my playing skills without your help.
    Thank You"
  • Mr D.

    "Very good lesson, I wanted to play that for years! its a breakthrough for me.. thank you ken, its appreciated!"

  • Duo Leslie RYAN

    "Thank you Ken for your lessons, you're a good teacher!"

  • Mithoo 1234

    "The best so far ...please keep it up ....couldn't have done without you ...you are a true teacher...God Bless you!"

  • Dilip T.

    "Superbly taught Ken! The best lesson I've seen of this great tune by Hank & the Shads.The fretboard close ups & your gradual way of demonstrating the component sections makes all the difference. Hope that you find the time to make more Shadows classics. Thanks for the great lesson. Cheers!  Dilip"

About Ken Mercer Music Biography Career Personal Life

About Ken Mercer Music Biography Career Personal Life

About Ken Mercer Music Biography Career Personal Life