Composer / Guitarist
Mert Özel is an Izmir,Turkey born poet, songwriter, guitarist-singer who has composed over 200 songs in Turkish and English.
He has one published poetry book: The Depressive Remains of a Manic Love (Manik Bir Ask’in Depresif Kalintilari)
His first performances were in his university years in Ankara, Turkey. (1998-2002)
1999 His first professional performance was in Aladin Bar Cesme, Turkey
2003 – 2004 started singing his and cover songs in Passau, Germany.
2004 Costa del Sol/Spain Performances
2005 Istanbul/Turkey Performances
2006 Bodrum/Turkey Performances (Single: Yuzsuz)
2007 Bodrum/Turkey Performances (Songs: Nereye, Okyanuslar)
2007 Recorded his first demo album in Istanbul Turkey (Ashk)
2008 became popular with his song-video PUL (Stamp)
2008 Antalya/Turkey Performances
2009 performed live in İzmir Ege TV for 74 episodes.
2009 Gave his first public concert to 3000 people in Buca/Izmir (Free Concert for the benefit of the disabled people of Izmir)
2010 & 2011 performed live on the national radio of Turkey TRT Fm (Geceden Sabaha) to the listeners from all over the world.
2011 performed in the USA (San Francisco & Chicago)
2012 is currently living and performing in San Francisco Bay Area.
Since 2012 Oct. performs in the guitar legend Carlos Santana’s
Maria Maria Restaurants (Walnut Creek & Danville, California)
2013 Concerts for Turkish Communities in the bay area (San Francisco & Silicon Valley)
2014 from MerToZel (New Songs)
Besides Turkish & English Mert Ozel speaks German, Spanish, French, Italian.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations & Advertising and Masters in Politicial Science & Sociology.
He likes reading about history, languages and music; he also likes riding his bike , kayaking, watching lots of movies and traveling with his wife.