About Natalie Merchant
Natalie Merchant is an alt-rock singer-songwriter who fronted the band 10,000 Maniacs for seven albums before embarking on a successful solo career in 1995.
∙ Along with Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, and other superstars, she was featured at 1995’s legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame opening gala concert.
∙ Merchant wrote and produced her introspective 1995 debut, Tigerlily, which was certified five-times Platinum.
∙ “Carnival,” the lead single from Tigerlily, spent 39 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart before peaking at No. 10, making it her first (and only) Top 10 single.
∙ Lilith Fair cofounder Sarah McLachlan asked Merchant to coheadline the hugely successful, all-female touring festival in 1998.
∙ The Royal Shakespeare Company commissioned Merchant, along with avant-garde British composer Gavin Bryars and others, to set Shakespeare’s sonnets to music in 2006.
∙ Leave Your Sleep, her 2010 concept record, yielded Merchant her first No. 1 LP when it debuted atop Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart.
∙ In 2018, she began a four-year term as artist-in-residence with the Commission on Economic Opportunity in New York, teaching music to disadvantaged children.
BORNOctober 26, 1963