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    Natalie Merchant

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    Genre:Alternative, Pop, Ethnic/Folk
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    4.5/5 from 4 users

    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1The Blind Men And The Elephant lyrics
    In The Ghetto lyrics
    Tracy Chapman in duet with Natalie Merchant
    3Dust Bowl lyrics
    4The Worst Thing lyrics
    My Skin lyrics
    6Effigy lyrics
    7Calico Pie lyrics
    8(from) Both Sides Now lyrics
    9It Makes A Change lyrics
    Lulu lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    683 3.0/5
    Tigerlily [1995]
    2,684 5.0/5
    Ophelia [1998]
    3Motherland [2001]
    4Live In Concert [1999]
    5VH1 Storytellers [2000]
    6The House Carpenter's Daughter [2003]
    7One Fine Day [Soundtrack] [1996]
    Tigerlily [Bonus CD] [1999]
    9Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings
    10Rare On Air, Vol. 1 [1994]


    First rising to fame at the helm of the popular folk-rock band 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant subsequently enjoyed even greater success as a solo performer as her plaintive vocals and literate, socially conscious songs established her among the preeminent female performers in contemporary pop. Born October 26, 1963 in Jamestown, NY, Merchant joined 10,000 Maniacs at the age of 17, quickly becoming the band's driving artistic force; after a pair of successful independent releases, they signed to Elektra in 1985, and in the years to follow emerged among the most popular acts in alternative rock, shooting into the Top 40 with 1987's superb In My Tribe. However, around the time of recording 1992's Our Time in Eden, Merchant gave her bandmates two years notice, and after the release of 1994's MTV Unplugged publicly announced she was leaving their ranks. Her 1995 solo debut, Tigerlily, debuted just shy of the Top Ten, scoring a hit with the single "Carnival; " it was followed in 1998 by Ophelia. Live in Concert, recorded at New York's Neil Simon Theatre, appeared a year later. A prominent social activist, Merchant also regularly campaigned in the name of such hot-button issues as animal rights, domestic violence, and homelessness. In 2000 Merchant toured with her band and members of progressive folk group The Horseflies performing folk traditionals. She returned with the Motherland LP in 2001. Two years later Merchant left Elektra and formed the Myth America to issue House Carpenter's Daughter, a collection of traditional and contemporary folk music performed on the 2000 tour. 2004 saw Rhino release Campfire Songs, a 10,000 Maniacs retrospective, and a year later Merchant tallied her ten-year solo career with Retrospective. [by Jason Ankeny of AllMusic.com]

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