Leah Ray Mendez is currently the lead singer for Bay Area acoustic rock trio, Silver Mendez. Silver Mendez creates roots music driven by sultry female vocals, earthy bass, syncopated drums, droning harmonium, plucked guitar, and touches of electronic nuance. Theirs are heart-centered songs, conjuring imagery of natural landscapes, desire, and longing. Their debut EP has been called “A creative folk music masterpiece.” [I Am Entertainment Magazine 2012].
A lifelong musician and dancer, the trio’s lead singer and songwriter, Leah Ray Mendez has been writing and performing original music professionally since her studies of World Music and Dance at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she was trained in traditional western music theory as well as folk traditions found in diverse regions such as Indonesia, West Africa, and India.
Bassist and guitarist, Mauricio Mendez, spent his early life living in diverse parts of the world from Saudi Arabia to Holland, but mostly grew up in his native Colombia. Son to a renowned Joropo (Colombian folk) musician, Mauricio became the lead guitarist in popular Colombian rock bands and has been performing with Leah since 2005.
Percussionist and electronic specialist, Beau Silver, graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Music Engineering with classical percussion as his principle instrument and currently works as a software engineer for the audio engineering company Euphonix, and recently graduated from Stanford University with a MA in Music, Science, and Technology.
Currently, Silver Mendez is performing throughout California while self-producing their first album (to be released in 2014). Silver Mendez includes: Leah Ray Mendez (vocals/guitar/harmonium/harp), Mauricio Mendez (bass/mandolin), and Beau Silver (percussion/electronics).
Silver Mendez includes: Leah Ray Mendez (vocals/guitar/harmonium/harp), Mauricio Mendez (bass/mandolin), and Beau Silver (percussion/electronics).