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Name: Natalie Merchant  
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Date of Birth: 26th October 1963
Place of Birth: Jamestown, New York, USA
Profession: Singer
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Natalie Merchant

Natalie Merchant (born October 26, 1963 in Jamestown, New York, USA) is a rock and roll musician.

Merchant co-founded and fronted the successful band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981 (see 1981 in music), but left the band in 1993 (see 1993 in music) for a solo career. Her debut solo album Tigerlily (1995) had three top-40 singles, "Carnival", "Jealousy", and "Wonder". In 1997 she first performed "Planctus," a song for voice and piano written for her by Philip Glass. In 1998, Merchant released Ophelia supported by co-headlining Lilith Fair and the following year released Live in Concert.

In 2001, Merchant released her most critically acclaimed album, Motherland, and went on an extensive tour of North America and Europe. She parted ways with Elektra Records in 2003 and released a folk album of traditional songs called The House Carpenter's Daughter on September 16 of that year on Myth America records. Merchant also plays the piano, produces, and writes all of the songs.

Merchant has collaborated 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 to which she lends her name. Her website (in which she is actively involved and contributes) prominently 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 named Lucia.


  • Tigerlily (1995)
  • Ophelia (1998)
  • Live in Concert (1999)
  • Motherland (2001)
  • The House Carpenter's Daughter (2003)
  • Retrospective: 1995-2005 (2005)

Discography with 10,000 Maniacs

  • Human Conflict Number Five (1982)
  • Secrets of the I Ching (1983)
  • The Wishing Chair (1985)
  • In My Tribe (1987)
  • Blind Man's Zoo (1989)
  • Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983 (1990)
  • Our Time in Eden (1992)
  • MTV Unplugged (1993)
  • Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure and Unknown Recordings (2004)


  • Download sample of "San Andreas Fault" from Tigerlily

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