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It's Only 
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Hi! I am Larkn (Kristen Mercado. I came to the Ann Arbor area after Laryngeal acid reflux halted my Los Angeles music career ambitions. Little did I know that the life-changing experience  would teach me about what was most important to me: my health. 

Since a young age, I was entertaining babysitters, bus riders and school auditoriums, starring in my high school's musical theatre productions of Annie Oakley and Once Upon A Mattress, where my role as Lady Larken, inspired my artist name, Larkn. 

From my range of experiences from learning classical piano as a child to training at Berklee College of Music to years spent as a solo, entrepreneurial artist in Los Angeles, I amassed a wealth of knowledge in the area of creating and marketing music that I am passionate to pass down through my growing Ann Arbor-based record label, Better From Here Music.


Larkn is a songwriter, singer, musician, music producer and entertainer that writes all of her own material. She has a mezzo-soprano/soprano range and plays music and writes music in a diverse range of styles, on her own or with back-up muscians.

Interested in booking Larkn for your podcast, radio program, tour, venue, restaurant, festival or event?

Found these drums at a thrift store

LA Throwback Photo

Better From Here Music Night at Ziggys


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