Natalie Merchant
American musician
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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Natalie Merchant: Tiny Desk Concert
NPR - about 1 year
The singer-songwriter gives a warmhearted performance of two new songs, an old favorite and a hymn.
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<em>Dear Governor Cuomo</em>: A Conversation with Natalie Merchant, Plus Catching Up with Freda Payne
Huffington Post - over 2 years
A Conversation with Natalie Merchant Mike Ragogna: Natalie, what have you been up to lately beyond the new album? Natalie Merchant: I've become extremely active in the fight against hydraulic fracking in New York. Where are you based? MR: Iowa, though I grew up in New York, so this concerns me as well. NM: Well, New York is sitting on the Marcellus Shale, which has huge reserves of natural gas, but the only way to extract them is by exploding the bedrock a mile or two under the surface and pulling the gas up using hundreds of millions of gallons of freshwater which will then be contaminated. It's also extremely radioactive down there. We're watching what's happened in other states with the contamination of aquifers and the devastation of previously rural areas that are now highly industrialized. There's also quite a bit of contamination of the air that occurs with hydraulic fracturing. Anyway, I've been involved in that, and I made a film called Dear Governor Cuomo, beca ...
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Have an adventure on a cruise and stay holiday in Orlando
Daily Echo - over 3 years
Natalie Marchant discovers a cruise and stay holiday in Orlando is more of a rollercoaster ride than she ever imagined
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Lynne Peeples: Tracking Fracking Fights
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Welcome to day two of my new blog: Toxic Tracks. Here, I'll be posting short bits of daily news and commentary on environmental health topics. Please send along any thoughts or feedback via email or Twitter. A few standouts in my tracking of fracking this morning: Natural gas companies are "ramping up" their PR campaigns with the release of Hollywood's controversial new fracking film, according to a column in The Guardian. Richard Schiffman noted that "Promised Land" highlights the "tactics used by drillers to buy up farmland." Industry is responding with a campaign to combat the "work of fiction." They've even sponsored short advertisements to run during movie previews in Pennsylvania theaters. Schiffman further hints at potential conflicts of interest with industry funding of universities and shale gas research studies in the state: In addition to endowing science halls, Chevron and other energy companies have been sponsoring research on fracking at some of the ...
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Michael Bialas: Where There's Smoke, There's Fire: Paula Cole Keeps Burning Efficiently
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Two years before the official birth of Lilith Fair, my introduction to Paula Cole came through her solid connection to Sarah McLachlan. If the idea on a celebration of women in music hadn't yet been born, it certainly must have been conceived. Cole seemed like McLachlan's edgier, rebellious kid sister, willing to take chances with her theatricality and a booming, operatic voice that had the power to break glass. Cole opened shows for McLachlan in those early years, including a performance on March 8, 1995, at the Paramount Theatre in Denver that I paid $20 to see. (At right, a colorized version of the original Cole black-and-white publicity photo available at that show, a cherished memento from a collection that includes a dusty copy of her debut CD, 1995's Harbinger.) Along the way, there was resistance from concert promoters to allow two strong, skilled women on the same bill, so McLachlan took matters into her own capable hands. Their ability to seduce and al ...
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WATCH: Authors And Book Designers R.J. Palacio And Chip Kidd Discuss Writing, Fighting Bullying And More
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Since launching our Voice to Voice conversation series in January, we've tackled lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature, Black History Month, bullying, Pride and more. Today we bring you a chat between authors and graphic designers R.J. Palacio and Chip Kidd. R.J. Palacio lives in NYC with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. For more than twenty years, she was an art director and graphic designer, designing book jackets for other people while waiting for the perfect time in her life to start writing her own novel. A chance encounter with an extraordinary child in front of an ice cream store made her realize that the perfect time to write that novel had finally come and resulted in "Wonder." Chip Kidd is a graphic designer and writer in New York City. He has worked at Alfred A. Knopf since 1986, designing books and book jackets and editing graphic novels and comics. He blogs regularly on design, books and more at his official website. In the video above ...
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Britt tix
Mail Tribune - almost 5 years
Tickets to Britt's 2012 summer season of concerts go on sale Thursday, May 17, to the general public. This year's lineup of outdoor concerts includes Melissa Etheridge, Ziggy Marley, Trace Adkins, Bill Cosby, Natalie Merchant with the Rogue Valley...
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NJPAC Announces Schedule of Events
Belleville Patch - almost 5 years
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) has announced its schedule for the 2012-13 season, which is filled with new festivals, curatorial and artistic collaborations, and community partnerships, programs and artist outreach that will take place within and beyond its stages. Throughout the season, NJPAC will continue to add performances. NJPAC is located at 1 Center St. "Our 2012-13 season will be filled with the sounds of surprise" said John Schreiber, NJPAC's president and CEO. "We've consciously scheduled more curtains and added significantly to the artistic mix. In addition to what audiences have come to love and expect from the Arts Center, we're introducing new programs that will be unique to the region. If you already love NJPAC, there's plenty on the roster for you. And if you haven't yet been to the theater or visited in a long time, we think our expanded schedule will offer something to engage everybody." Single tickets are now onsale and may be purchased by calling ...
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Video Exclusive: Ani DiFranco's "Which Side Are You On?"
Mother Jones - almost 5 years
"Which Side Are You On," the haunting 1931 labor classic by Florence Reece, the wife of a union organizer, has been covered by Pete Seeger, Billy Bragg, Natalie Merchant, and Dropkick Murphys, to name just a few. In January, with the release of her album of the same title, the inimitable Ani DiFranco added her name to the list. Actually, it's always been pretty damn clear which side DiFranco is on. (In this 1999 interview, we spoke at some length about her collaboration with labor organizer and rabble-rousing storyteller Utah Phillips.) DiFranco's reworked version updates Reece's sparse union-versus-management call to action to focus on the contemporary political machine. This exclusive video below, seen here for the first time, combines DiFranco's update with a montage of images submitted by her fans who were inspired by the song—you can find plenty more here. You can also download a free MP3 of the song here. And if this makes you want to hit the barricades, well, it just so happen ...
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Meryl Streep Expected To Attend Equality Now Event
Green Celebrity Network - almost 5 years
Equality Now, one of the world’s leading organizations working to protect and promote the human rights of women and girls worldwide, will mark its 20th Anniversary on April 19 with a benefit at the Asia Society in New York City. The evening will honor Equality Now’s accomplishments over the last two decades and will also celebrate the future of the organization. Hosted by Sarah Jones, the event will feature celebrity readings written by writer, director and producer Joss Whedon and Sarah Jones and a musical performance by Natalie Merchant. Expected performers include Meryl Streep, Laura Linney, Rosie Perez, Eliza Dushku and others. Information about the event can be found at www.equalitynow.org/event/20thanniversary. Equality Now envisions a world in which women and men have equal rights under the law and full enjoyment of their human rights. However, the reality today is that millions face discrimination and violence, even death, simply for being born female. Recently, Equality ...
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Prior to the Natalie Merchant Concert, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., Heinz Award Recipient, Will Announce Her Financial Awards at the Mayor's Reception
Yahoo News - almost 5 years
ITHACA, N.Y., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following release is being issued by the Finger Lakes CleanWaters Initiative:
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Natalie Merchant On Motherhood As Muse
Huffington Post - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-203821" href="/natalie+merchant+1">Natalie Merchant</a> was still a teenager when she strolled into the community college radio station in Jamestown, New York, arms loaded with albums and eight-tracks...
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Emmy the Great's 'Virtue' is good enough - Herald Times Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
There&#39;s a little too much Natalie Merchant and Harriet Wheeler, of The Sundays, in her voice. An occasional recognizable influence is forgivable. But just when you think it&#39;s only going to last for a song or two, six songs have gone by, and it remains
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Mighty Max - San Diego Jewish Journal
Google News - over 5 years
... with is a veritable Who&#39;s Who of American pop, rock, jazz, folk and blues, from Streisand to Sting, Tony Bennett to Pete Townsend, Chuck Berry to Bono, BB King to The Band, Isaac Hayes to Meatloaf, Bob Dylan to Natalie Merchant and Paul McCartney
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Music : Richie Stearns, Willie Watson, & Rosie Newton at KCT - Martha's Vineyard Times
Google News - over 5 years
He has played with many others and toured with Natalie Merchant and 10000 Maniacs. As a musician&#39;s musician, he has influenced and mentored many contemporary musicians including Willie Watson and Rosie Newton. He performs songs from a multitude of
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Natalie Merchant
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    She toured from July 3, 2014, kicking off in Kingston, NY, concluding at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee on July 25, 2014.
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    Natalie Merchant was released May 6, 2014 on Nonesuch Records and was named Album of the Week by The Daily Telegraph. The album debuted at #20 on Billboard's Top 200 albums and #2 on Billboard's Folk Albums charts for the week of May 24, 2014.
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    In February 2014, Natalie Merchant announced her self-titled album.
    More Details Hide Details The album consists of entirely new works. It is her first collection of original material since 2001's Motherland.
  • 2013
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Musicians, advocates, criminal prosecutors, victims and survivors all took to the stage, illuminating the darkness surrounding this public health epidemic. Shelter was inspired by an event for One Billion Rising, a global campaign calling for an end to violence against women, held on February 14, 2013. Merchant presented a screening of the SHELTER film at the Old Dutch Church in Kingston, New York, on the day of One Billion Rising for Justice.
  • 2012
    In 2012, Merchant, along with actor and writer Mark Ruffalo, organized a concert to protest oil and gas fracking in New York state.
    More Details Hide Details A documentary, written and directed by Jon Bowermaster, was made of the event, named "Dear Governor Cuomo."
    Two additional volumes were published between then and 2012, although Merchant herself was not featured on the second and third volumes.
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    However, in an interview in 2012, she indicated that she was divorced.
    More Details Hide Details She likes gardening and painting. Some paintings can be seen on her official website. She has been a vegetarian since 1980, except for the duration of her pregnancy when she temporarily resumed eating meat. In 1997, she said: "The '60s aesthetic has never really appealed to me, the tie-dyed Deadhead running barefoot through the forest on LSD. I don't think that's really me. But I've been a vegetarian for 17 years and I consider myself an environmentalist in as much as I can be, considering the job that I have. I prefer living in the countryside rather than the city; I find it more sane and sustaining for myself " In 1998, Merchant collaborated on the making of the Woody Guthrie tribute album Mermaid Avenue with Billy Bragg and Wilco.
  • 2011
    Merchant contributed a cover of Buddy Holly's "Learning the Game" to the tribute album Listen to Me: Buddy Holly, released September 6, 2011.
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  • 2010
    Leave Your Sleep was released on April 13, 2010 and is a compilation of five years of inspiration from a "conversation" with her daughter over the "first 6 years of her life."
    More Details Hide Details The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at No. 17, Billboard Folk Albums at No. 1, Amazon.com at No.1, and iTunes, No. 3. The album was co-produced by Grammy winning Andres Levin.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    In October 2009, the official websites of Nonesuch Records and Natalie Merchant announced that she had signed with the label.
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  • 2003
    In 2003, Merchant married Daniel de la Calle and had a daughter named Lucia.
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    Her next studio album, The House Carpenter's Daughter, was released in September 2003 on her own label, Myth America Records.
    More Details Hide Details To date this has been the only release on Myth America.
  • 2002
    After her contract with Elektra expired in August 2002, Merchant decided not to sign with them again, or any other major label.
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    In the summer of 2002, she was paired with Chris Isaak and both played at stadiums and arenas.
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    Merchant also participated in the Rock am Ring Festival and Rock im Park in 2002.
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  • 2001
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Rolling Stone favored this album with 3½ stars, and also noticed a difference in Merchant's voice, which was more deep and gritty like that of Sade than her previous albums. Singles that were released from Motherland were "Just Can't Last", "Build a Levee" and "Tell Yourself". Merchant embarked on a year and a half world tour to promote Motherland. The first leg of the tour started in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 17, 2001, trekking all over the United States, and then heading to Europe with some special acoustic shows in Europe.
  • 2000
    In 2000, Merchant embarked on a folk tour in the United States with many shows being supported by alt-country band Wilco.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Ophelia tour ended in 1999 with the final few shows being performed and recorded on Broadway. The performance would be released as the album Natalie Merchant: Live in Concert with a companion video of the same name. The performance was notable in that it featured numerous covers including songs by David Bowie, Neil Young, and the Breton-Welsh singer-songwriter Katell Keineg.
  • 1995
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Merchant chose to name the album Tigerlily as she felt it captured the feel of the album, which she described as both "fierce" and "delicate". The third song on the album, "Beloved Wife", was featured as the first song in the trailer for the movie Message in a Bottle. Seeking creative control, Merchant chose to fund Tigerlily herself, refusing the advance from the record company. She also wanted to work with a core group of young musicians who she felt would be enthusiastic about the music. The group would consist of guitarist Jennifer Turner, bassist Barrie Maguire, and former-Wallflower and eventual boyfriend to Merchant, Peter Yanowitz, who played drums on the album and who continued to do so with Merchant until their abrupt split in 2000. Tigerlily was a critical and commercial success, spawning her first top-ten hit in the single "Carnival", and achieving top-40 success with subsequent singles "Wonder" and "Jealousy". The album would go on to sell over five million copies, and continues to be Merchant’s most successful album to date. Merchant did extensive touring for the album and made numerous television appearances, including performances on SNL, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and all late-night talk shows. The media's immediate and critical effect on culture and cultural icons was of particular interest to Merchant. In "River", a song from Tigerlily, Merchant defends River Phoenix as she castigates the media for systematically dissecting the child actor after his death.
  • 1993
    In 1993 she announced that she was leaving the group.
    More Details Hide Details Her last recording with the band, a cover of Bruce Springsteen's and Patti Smith's "Because the Night" at the 10,000 Maniacs MTV Unplugged performance, reached #11 in the singles chart, becoming the band's greatest U.S. success. Merchant has said in interviews that after her split with 10,000 Maniacs she was so eager to begin writing her own material that she went home that very day and composed the song "I May Know the Word", which was originally meant to appear on the soundtrack to the Tom Hanks movie Philadelphia.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1981
    Merchant was lead singer and primary lyricist for 10,000 Maniacs, joining in its infancy in 1981 while she was a student at Jamestown Community College.
    More Details Hide Details The group recorded their album Human Conflict Number Five, and recorded a corresponding music video at the Hotel Franklin and at Group W Westinghouse studios (Jamestown, New York), in 1982. Merchant sang lead vocals, and later played the piano as well on seven studio albums with 10,000 Maniacs.
    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.
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  • OTHER
  • 1963
    Natalie Merchant was born October 26, 1963, in Jamestown, New York, the third of four children of Anthony and Ann Merchant.
    More Details Hide Details Her paternal grandfather, who played the accordion, mandolin and guitar, emigrated to the United States from Sicily; his surname was "Mercante" before it was Anglicized. When Merchant was a child, her mother listened to music (primarily Petula Clark but also the Beatles, Al Green, Aretha Franklin) and encouraged her children to study music, but she wouldn't allow TV after Natalie was 12. "I was taken to the symphony a lot because my mother loved classical music. But I was dragged to see Styx when I was 12. We had to drive 100 miles to Buffalo, New York. Someone threw up next to me and people were smoking pot. It was terrifying. I remember Styx had a white piano which rose out of the stage. It was awe-inspiring and inspirational." "She mother had show tunes, she had the soundtrack from West Side Story and South Pacific. And then eventually... she'd always liked classical music and then she married a jazz musician, so that's the kind of music I was into. I never really had friends who sat around and listened to the stereo and said 'hey, listen to this one', so I'd never even heard of who Bob Dylan was until I was 18." During 1988–1989, Natalie claimed she still didn't have a TV: "I grew up in a house where no one watched the news on television and no one read the paper.
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