Merchant co-founded and sang in the band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981 but left the band in 1993 for a solo career. Her solo album Tigerlily (1995, 1995 in music) had three top-40 singles, Carnival, Jealousy, and Wonder. In 1998, Natalie released Ophelia and the following year release Live in Concert. In 2001 Natalie released her most critically acclaimed album Motherland and went on an extensive tour of North America and Europe. In 2003, Natalie parted ways with Elektra Records and has released a folk album, of traditional songs, called The House Carpenter's Daughter on September 16, 2003 on Myth America records. Natalie also plays the piano, produces and writes all of her songs.
Merchant has colloborated with Billy Bragg a number of times, including the 1998 album Mermaid Avenue. Like Bragg her work touches on social and political themes and she has been active in raising a number of campaigning issues in both her songs and through the causes she lends her name too. Her website, which she is actively involved in contributing to, prominantly displays a link to The Nation, which gives some indication of her political stance.
In the summer of 2003 Merchant gave birth to a daughter.
Natalie Merchant Facts
|Birth Name||Natalie Anne Merchant|
|Birthday||October 26, 1963 (53)|
|Birthplace||Jamestown, New York, USA|
|Height||5' 1" (1m55) How tall is Natalie Merchant compared to you?|