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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.

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.

Merchant 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.

Merchant 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. ~ Jason Ankeny & Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Track List: Ladybird (Single)

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The best song of hers is ' River'.
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itsmemsti71
First heard her songs from 10,000 maniacs and have been in love with her voice and lyrics every since then she just amazing
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Love her voice... Sometimes can't understand the words she's singing
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Such a unique voice, unlike no other.
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Love this girl 4ever !
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Isiisodc
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Would someone please give bobonnit a dictionary so that he can look up the definition of the word ''droll''? He seems to think it means depressing or maybe droning, when actually it means humorous or whimsical. For someone who seems to pride himself on his alleged intelligence , I would think he would be embarrassed by this frequent error.
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I appreciate her contribution s to our cultural, musical and intellectual society. I have gained, in my journey's, from the times when maniacs were regular over the waves. I most appreciate ~My Beloved Wife~ and, too, many other works from Nat. Thank you, ma'am!
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I have always found her style to be droll, monotone and depressing. Thumbs down, I'm not having any
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Her voice is so comforting. I listen to her music when I am in pain. God bless you Natalie.
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ann.ericson
I love all the positive and uplifting comments about Natalie (and 10,000 maniacs). So glad her beautiful music, lyrics and voice has inspired so many people :D
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Your music got me through a very ruff childhood. Thank you isn't enough, but it's what I have. Thank you thank you... Please play Dallas again soon.
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God, she's simply incredible.
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Jealousy: I used to own all of her albums. This one was my favorite. I love Natalie Merchant and 10,000 Maniacs.
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Wonder: I love Natalie Merchant's music.
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maguilera90
You still sing very beautiful. And look beautiful as well.
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brautie
One of my all-time favorite artists!
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nice
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snellterry
Beautiful voice! Always brings back great memories! Truly amazing!
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Luv this ol jam
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Best voice ever!!! It's like a drug......
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"Trouble Me" is my all time favorite song by her&10,000 Maniacs though.
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Omg I love her voice. It's unique&beaut i f u l .
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n593rs2
Natalie Merchant or Joan Osborne?... Hmmm.... I love 'em both!!!
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Just heard her perform this song last week. It's beautiful time and time again.
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Love this song
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rbnycklemoe
Love the way she makes me think.
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What a humble talent with such depth of spirit is the best way to describe this incredible woman's voice and ability to give each of her songs breath.
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Much to my surprise I love this strong woman's musical message. Solo artists are not my top pick excepting the great blues guitarists. GBV and weird s**t like Galaxies 500 but I make exception for Ms. Merchant an artist of greatness and subtle power.
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hollydawn117
Making my night....
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Great song!! And btw I'm changing my profile name from stimatz101 to smileyhappys u n s h i n e
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Heard her in Houston was an awesome show. Great performance as well.
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nyc4ever1lov e
Love her voice
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omarijones37 0 6
I'm glad other people realize her talent! Hate that I barely missed the 10,000 Maniacs years. The touring years.
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tybeeministe r
Sings as beautiful as a wave washing ashore... refreshing lyrics... I'm in love!
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Natalie will be performing solo at the New Jersey state theater on July 8th, located in New Brunswick. A kick a** venue. Be there or miss out!
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Whenever one of her songs come on I smile and think "there's natalie", welcoming her into my ears...wow that sounds weird lol but it's true
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Man. What a voice. She could sing a bit too ;-D. Been a fan for a long time
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my skin.. favorite song ..
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Wow! I didn't realize she was still touring. I'm going to have to look for something nearby! Ophelia is one of my all time very favorite albums. I never tire of hearing every single fantastic tune on that entire album.
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Agree with Brown, great show in the Springs with the Fort Collins Symphony
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I just saw her in Colorado Springs - played with a full orchestra! I was moved. She is truly one with her music. What a performer she is - and her voice just goes on...
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bizzybodies2 8
Yeah...every time I hear Carnival that name comes to mind.... guh
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msnikki864
AILEEN WUORNOS
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My Skin is on her album Ophelia
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How come they don't have her song called "My Skin"?
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steveinbalto 2
Saw Natalie at a very small venue in Tokyo. It was so obvious that she loves what she does. She was soulful, playful and raw all in the same show. Liked her before, loved her since.
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ThatKTMkid35 : Come back when you've managed to grow up...
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best voice ever...bar none
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themilroys3
I'm bound to thank you for all the gifts that you gave me. I want to thank you for all your incredibly crafted tunes that have managed to get me through. ❤��
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