Over Natalie Merchant’s 30-year career, she has earned a distinguished place among America’s most respected recording artists with a reputation for being a prolific songwriter with a compelling artistic vision and a unique and captivating performance style. Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the pop music band 10,000 Maniacs and released two platinum and four gold records with the group between 1981 and 1993. In 1994, she began her solo career with a self-produced debut album, “Tigerlily.” In the years following, she released “Ophelia” (1998), “Natalie Merchant Live” (1999) and “Motherland” (2001). With her latest and highly acclaimed Nonesuch recording, “Leave Your Sleep,” which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at No. 17, Merchant embarks on a new artistic path, creating songs from literary inspiration, which are composed for expanded musical ensembles and orchestra.
“Merchant is in a league of her own.” —Newsweek
“A singer who can conjure rare atmospheres.” —Rolling Stone