About this Artist
Over her forty-year career, Natalie Merchant has attained a place among America’s most respected recording artists. She has earned a reputation for being a songwriter of quality and a captivating stage performer and has distinguished herself as a social justice and environmental activist. Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the pop music band 10,000 Maniacs and released one platinum, two double-platinum, and one triple-platinum records with the group: The Wishing Chair(1985), In My Tribe(1987), Blind Man's Zoo(1989), Hope Chest(1990), Our Time in Eden(1992), and10,000 Maniacs MTV Unplugged(1993). Merchant left the group in 1994 and has subsequently released nine albums as a solo artist with combined sales of seven million copies: Tigerlily(1995), Ophelia(1998), Natalie Merchant Live(1999), Motherland(2001), The House Carpenter’s Daughter(2003), Leave Your Sleep(2010), Natalie Merchant(2014), Paradise Is There(2015), and butterfly (2017).
Merchant has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Billy Bragg, Gavin Bryars, David Byrne, The Chieftains, Cowboy Junkies, Philip Glass, Kronos Quartet, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mavis Staples, REM, and Wilco. She served on the New York State Council on the Arts from 2007–2011 at the appointment of Governor Elliot Spitzer and was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center by New York State Senator and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Merchant’s awards include The Library Lion Award from the New York Public Library (2011), The American Society of Authors Composers & Publishers (ASCAP) Champion Award (2019), and The John Lennon Real Love Award (2019).