Vixen Chat: ‘American Idol’ Alum Syesha Mercado Conquers Broadway


VIBE Vixen: Where does your inspiration come from?

Syesha: My earlier inspiration comes from my mother. She was a gospel singer. When I was younger,  I used to create monologues for my family and recite them. I always had the passion in me. My mother told me that when I was two I wanted to sing and dance. Before I could remember, I would follow my mother around the house and sing behind her. As  I got older, I understood the influence that people could have over their audience. I knew that I wanted to inspire others through performing.

What are you inspired by today?

My inspiration now comes from many different places. I listen to all types of music, so lots of different genres inspire me. Recently, I’ve been listening to a lot of Tye Tribbett, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. The music that I listen to always depends on the mood that I’m in. I love to create and listen to different types of music. It allows me to be able to bring creativity to my craft.

What are you working on today?

Currently, I am in a Broadway play called the Book of Mormon and an urban film called Dreams. In the Book of Mormon I play the character Nabulungi. In Dreams, I play a character named Mia.

What are you focusing on professionally right now?

I’ve decided to focus more on my acting career. Doing The Book of Mormon on Broadway right now has been a rewarding and challenging experience. Every show is a little different than the last and every audience is different as well. It’s an amazing experience when you get to see the crowds reaction to your performance.