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Born and raised in Fresno, California, Singer- Songwriter and Guitarist, Merlinda, has been performing since she was a young child.  With influences of Rancheras and Boleros of Traditional Mexican music, Jazz, Oldies, R&B, Country and Latin Rock, she captivates audiences and embodies all these with her chill inducing voice and powerful songs and telling stories from the heart.  

As a soloist, Merlinda, has performed, upon personal invitation, at Cultural events statewide since she was a teenage student of NEA National Heritage award winner,  Agustin Lira, and has become a local favorite in her hometown of Fresno, California.   

Throughout the years, Merlinda has shared the stage with numerous professional and polished musicians that would help embellish and enhance the sound of her original songs.     

Meeting  Alex Belman of Faena Brava  and Drummer, Lennie Ray Mendoza, in 2013, at a local Jazz hop, they created, Merlinda Y Los Tortillas Quemadas, a fusion of Latin Rock, Flamenco, and Contemporary Jazz sounds performing all around the Central Valley. 

Currently, Merlinda performs as a Duo with world percussionist and drummer- Mark Shuklian, as well as her four piece band, Merlinda Espinosa & Fusion, with Pianist -John Cleave, Bassist -Mario Rosario.    

With this mixture of musicians, and with their backgrounds in Jazz and World Music,  they have taken the sounds of her songs to a new level of musical excellence that is heart palpating and exciting for even the youngest of heart.  

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