Costa Rica Blues Festival

Blues Fest Performers
Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy
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Performing: 20:30pm
See video of them:
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Diunna Greenleaf

Diunna Greenleaf, the leader of Blue Mercy, is a native Texan (Houston) who has a background steeped in gospel music. Influenced by the likes of Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Rosetta Thorpe, Sam Cooke, Charles Brown and her own parents Ben & Mary Ella Greenleaf (Gospel). She has developed "Diunna's style of Blues" in the same tradition as so many other great Texas blues men and women. She combines intricate patches of jazz, gospel and heartfelt soul to create a kind of blues that takes one on an emotional roller coaster ride.

Diunna and her band Blue Mercy have performed throughout the United States and Internationally. She has performed at the Lugano Blues Festival and the Bern Jazz Festival, both in Switzerland, as well as the Cahors Blues Festival in France. Diunna has opened for and performed with the likes of Bob Margolin, Keb Mo, Willie “Pinetop” Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, James Cotton, Carrie Bell, Big Bill Morganfield, Smoking Joe Kubek and B’Nois King, Anson Funderburge, Sam Meyers and the Rockets, Bernard Allison, Odetta, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, I.J. Gosey, Sherman Robertson, Kenny Neal, the late great Teddy “Cry Cry” Reynolds, and numerous others.

Diunna was the 2014 winner of The Koko Taylor award for best traditional female artist in blues.

She was named LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE Female Artist Of The Year Critic's Choice for year 2015.

In 2005 she and her band " Blue Mercy " won first place in the International Blues Challenge

In 2008 Diunna won the Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut.

Her band, Blue Mercy was the backing band for Pinetop Perkins when he won his first Grammy Award.

Diunna was also the female vocalist with The Muddy Waters Legends Tribute Band for more than a dozen years




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