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Conrad Merced is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer based out of Chicago, IL. Being raised in a musical family, he starting playing in music groups at the age of 13. 

He was the former front man for the indie rock band The Red Jacket, and the shoegaze, electronic duo Shoplifter. His music has been featured in films, podcasts and in various music compilations.


Following the unexpected death of his mother, Conrad picked up the guitar after a ten year hiatus and began writing songs for the album "Tender Beats." This collection of songs feature finger-style acoustic guitar backed behind atmospheric, digital textures and drum machines to creates a unique blend of electronic-folk synth-pop.

Latest Interviews and Album Reviews

Chicago Acoustic Underground - Live Interview & performance 7/25/19

Bay Area Reporter - Album Review - 10/22/19

OUTLoud Baltimore - Album Review 10/11/19

Michael Doherty's Music Blog- Album Review 9/19/19

Chicago Crowd Surfer - Feature Interview 8/1/19

Chicago Crowd Surfer - Album Review 8/1/19 

Sleeping Bag Studios - Tender Beats Album Review (7/29/19)

Broken 8 Records - Feature - (7/29/19) 

Bandcamp Diaries -Tender Beats Album Review - (7/26/19)

Chicago Music Guide -Tender Beats Album Release - (7/22/19)

Conrad Merced on - The Deli (6/5/19)

Conrad Merced on - The Deli (10/11/18)

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