Debby Espinor


SISTER MERCY possesses a high energy, blues driven sound. Lead singer April Brown is mesmerizing with her powerful, beautiful presence, full range vocals and complete joy in performance. Scott Garcia creates memorable licks on guitar and Roger Espinor (drums) and Debby Espinor (keyboards) hold the rhythms down tight. Semi-finalist in the International Blues Challenge 2016 AND in 2018 as well as nominated for Best New Band for the Muddy Awards and Best Contemporary Band for the CBA Muddy Awards. SISTER MERCY represents the Cascade Blues Association of Portland, Oregon, SISTER MERCY presents original and cover music that is a pleasure for the ears and a show that is a feast for the eyes.

Screen name:
Sister Mercy
Member since:
Dec 17 2013
Active within 24 hours
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years together:
Gigs played:
50 to 100
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
44 years


Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt

Members Of Band

Lead singer April Brown, comes to Portland via Los Angeles where she worked as a singer with several well-known bands. Sister Mercy band members have deep roots in the Oregon regional music area. Roger Espinor played with the award-winning Rose City Kings, as it’s original drummer and band production manager. He produced three CD’s with this high-energy blues band and brings that creative, driving rhythms to Sister Mercy.

Michelle Rose holds down the bass with 40 years as both a professional and part-time musician. Scott Garcia brings strong blues licks and amazing vocals as well as strong energy to the stage.

Keyboardist Debby Espinor rounds out the band. Debby has played all styles of piano. Highway 99 Blues club was home for The Love Doctors with Charlene Grant and lately she has played across the region with a local jazz band. Ray Charles, Dr. John and Nina Simone as well as Portland local David Vest have influenced her personal style.


We have a studio to rehearse in with full band set up.



Past Events

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SISTER MERCY is heading north to Seattle.....make reservations...

Coming back to Lake OSwego

Rae Gorden organizes a Blues Cruise to raise money for our Memphis trip....

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Right off the ferry on Puget Sound, the Edmonds-Kingston Ferry will drop you off at Mike Wallace Park. Our concert is from 6 - 8 pm.

We always show up in emergencies.

At the Gresham Arts Plaza

Sister Mercy is competing in the finals for The Journey to Memphis competition. Sponsored by the Cascade Blues Association the J2M winner will head to Memphis in January.

The Annual Gorge Blues and Brews Fest is located on the Columbia River waterfront at the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson, Washington. From Portland, Oregon, take I-84 to exit number 44 in Cascade Locks. Cross the Bridge of the Gods ($1.00 toll) to State Route 14 in Washington. Turn right on SR 14 and travel approximately two miles to downtown Stevenson. Take your first left onto Rock Creek Drive. Proceed for about a quarter of a mile. The fairgrounds will be on your left.

Join us to celebrate St. Patricks Day

First time at this new Club

Join us New Years Eve