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Natalie Merchant


After rising to fame at the helm of the popular folk-rock band 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant enjoyed even greater success as a solo artist during the mid-'90s. Her literate, socially conscious songs established her among the preeminent women in pop music, while her solo debut -- 1995's Tigerlily -- helped pave the way for a number of female performers in a pre-Lilith Fair market. She continued releasing albums well into the 2000s, often examining specific genres or subjects, although Tigerlily remained her biggest-selling record.
In My Tribe Born October 26, 1963, in Jamestown, New York, Merchant joined 10,000 Maniacs at the age of 17 and became the band's driving artistic force. After a pair of successful independent releases, they signed to Elektra in 1985 and briefly became one of the most popular acts in alternative rock, shooting into the Top 40 with 1987's In My Tribe and charting even higher with their follow-up effort, Blind Man's Zoo. Merchant's desire to launch a solo career increased alongside the band's growing reputation, however, and by the time the group sat down to record 1992's Our Time in Eden, she gave her bandmates two years' notice. Following the release of MTV Unplugged in 1994, she publicly announced she was leaving the group's ranks.
OpheliaMerchant made her solo debut with 1995's Tigerlily, a self-produced album that debuted at number 13 and scored a Top Ten single with "Carnival." Two additional singles, "Wonder" and "Jealousy," also cracked the Top 40, prompting Tigerlily to sell over five million copies in the U.S. alone. It was followed in 1998 by Ophelia, another platinum-selling effort that was supported by Merchant's inclusion in the second Lilith Fair tour. Live in Concert, recorded at New York's Neil Simon Theatre, appeared a year later. A prominent social activist, Merchant also drew notice by campaigning in the name of such hot-button issues as animal rights, domestic violence, and homelessness.
MotherlandMerchant launched a folk tour in 2000, with members of progressive folk band the Horse Flies joining her on the road. She then returned to her solo career with Motherland. Two years later, Merchant left Elektra's roster and formed her own independent label, Myth America, in order to issue House Carpenter's Daughter, a collection of traditional and contemporary folk music inspired by the 2000 tour. A long period of silence followed, during which a pair of greatest-hits releases -- the 10,000 Maniacs collection Campfire Songs and Merchant's own Retrospective: 1995-2005 -- kept fans relatively sated. As the decade drew to a close, though, Merchant signed with Nonesuch Records and began making plans for a new album, which eventually arrived in the form of the ambitious, double-disc neo-children's album, 2010's Leave Your Sleep. Merchant returned to straight-ahead pop music with a self-titled album in May 2014.



Song lyric Carnival CARNIVAL Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Wonder WONDER Natalie Merchant
Song lyric San Andreas Fault SAN ANDREAS FAULT Natalie Merchant
Song lyric My Skin MY SKIN Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Kind & Generous KIND & GENEROUS Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Jealousy JEALOUSY Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Life Is Sweet LIFE IS SWEET Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Beloved Wife BELOVED WIFE Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Ophelia OPHELIA Natalie Merchant
Song lyric River RIVER Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Motherland MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant
Song lyric The Living THE LIVING Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Cowboy Romance COWBOY ROMANCE Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Where I Go WHERE I GO Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Break Your Heart BREAK YOUR HEART Natalie Merchant
Song lyric The Letter THE LETTER Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Seven Years SEVEN YEARS Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Tell Yourself TELL YOURSELF Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Frozen Charlotte FROZEN CHARLOTTE Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Effigy EFFIGY Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Golden Boy GOLDEN BOY Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Just Can't Last JUST CAN'T LAST Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Saint Judas SAINT JUDAS Natalie Merchant
Song lyric The Worst Thing THE WORST THING Natalie Merchant
Song lyric I'm Not Gonna Beg I'M NOT GONNA BEG Natalie Merchant
Song lyric After The Gold Rush AFTER THE GOLD RUSH Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Build A Levee BUILD A LEVEE Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Dust Bowl DUST BOWL Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Frozen Charlotte 
FROZEN CHARLOTTE Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Gulf Of Araby GULF OF ARABY Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Gun Shy GUN SHY Natalie Merchant
Song lyric I May Know The Word I MAY KNOW THE WORD Natalie Merchant
Song lyric In the Ghetto IN THE GHETTO Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Kind And Generous KIND AND GENEROUS Natalie Merchant
Song lyric King Of May KING OF MAY Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Not In This Life NOT IN THIS LIFE Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Put The Law On You PUT THE LAW ON YOU Natalie Merchant
Song lyric She Devil SHE DEVIL Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Space Oddity SPACE ODDITY Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Sympathy For The Devil SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Natalie Merchant
Song lyric The Ballad Of Henry Darger THE BALLAD OF HENRY DARGER Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Thick As Thieves THICK AS THIEVES Natalie Merchant
Song lyric This House Is On Fire THIS HOUSE IS ON FIRE Natalie Merchant
Song lyric When They Ring The Golden Bells WHEN THEY RING THE GOLDEN BELLS Natalie Merchant
Song lyric Which Side Are You on? WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON? Natalie Merchant