Born José Soto Soto, 1955 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. José Mercé is a flamenco cantaor (singer), and won the Córdoba National Competition in 1986. He has worked with Vicente Amigo and Moraito. He is an indispensable figure in the summer festivals in Andalucía, as he is the most successful and famous cantaor on the flamenco scene. He is the nephew of Manuel Soto, Sordera, and his nick-name comes from his participation in the choir of the Basilica de la Merced when he was a boy.