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Across four decades, indie-pop icon Natalie Merchant has enjoyed a career of extraordinary independence and richness. After rising to fame at the helm of the popular folk-rock band 10,000 Maniacs, Merchant enjoyed even greater success as a solo artist. Since leaving 10,000 Maniacs in 1993, she has released seven studio albums, an enduring collection that charts the politically alert, poetic songwriter’s evolving thoughts on female power, motherhood, and the future of our earth. Her literate, socially conscious songs established her among the most respected women in pop, and her solo debut—1995’s Tigerlily—helped pave the way for a number of female performers. From her earliest days with 10,000 Maniacs (formed in college when she was only 18!), Merchant’s indelible vocal style—smoky, lush, wistful, and wise—has won lifelong fans. Over the years, Merchant has also found time to lend that voice to numerous political causes. For American Songbook, she will be appearing as an acoustic duo with her longtime guitarist Erik Della Penna. Merchant is at a point in her career where she wants, in her own words, “unique experiences…not settling for the predictable routing and venues.”
“Magnificently expressive, velvety, nuanced voice.”– Irish Examiner
“It remains an extraordinary voice, as old as the hills and as mysterious, yet also familiar, warm and passionate. Natalie Merchant remains a singular talent.”– Irish Times
“A set of dark, brave, thoughtful and serenely startling songs.”– New York Times on The Natalie Merchant Collection
“Rarely is an artist as honest and revealing as Natalie Merchant.”– NPR