Natalie Merchant


Natalie Anne Merchant is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She joined the alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs in 1981 and left it to begin her solo career in 1993.

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1963 Birth Natalie Merchant was born October 26, 1963, in Jamestown, New York, the third of four children of Anthony and Ann Merchant. … Read More


1981 17 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She considered a career in special education after taking part in a summer program for disabled children, but in 1981 started singing for a band, Still Life, that became 10,000 Maniacs.


1993 29 Years Old In 1993 she announced that she was leaving the group. … Read More


1995 31 Years Old The song was eventually cut from the soundtrack, but it would go on to appear on Merchant's debut solo album, Tigerlily, which was released on the Elektra label in 1995. … Read More
1998 34 Years Old …  In 1998, Merchant also recorded George Gershwin's "But Not for Me" for the Red Hot Organization's compilation album Red Hot + Rhapsody, a tribute to George Gershwin, which raised money for various charities devoted to increasing AIDS awareness and fighting the disease. … Read More
2000 36 Years Old In 2000, Merchant embarked on a folk tour in the United States with many shows being supported by alt-country band Wilco.
2001 37 Years Old Merchant's next studio album on the Elektra label was Motherland, released in 2001. Motherland saw Merchant at her most experimental musically. Motherland achieved Gold on the Billboard charts after debuting at No. 30 on the Billboard 200 and No. 13 on the Top Internet Albums of 2001, respectively. … Read More
Merchant also participated in the Rock am Ring Festival and Rock im Park in 2002.
2003 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Her next studio album, The House Carpenter's Daughter, was released in September 2003 on her own label, Myth America Records. … Read More


2009 - 2010 2 More Events
2011 47 Years Old Merchant contributed a cover of Buddy Holly's "Learning the Game" to the tribute album Listen to Me: Buddy Holly, released September 6, 2011.
However, in an interview in 2012, she indicated that she was divorced. … Read More
2013 49 Years Old She directed a short 2013 documentary titled SHELTER: A Concert Film to Benefit Victims of Domestic Violence, that shined light on a group of women living in the Mid-Hudson region of New York State responding to the crisis of domestic violence in their community with compassion and creativity. … Read More


In February 2014, Natalie Merchant announced her self-titled album. … Read More
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