Natalie Merchant

Natalie Merchant


10/26/1963, Jamestown, New York, USA

Birth Name

Natalie Anne Merchant


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Took piano and voice lessons.

Joined 10,000 Maniacs in 1981 and released 8 albums with them.

Has an older brother and sister and a younger brother.

Dated drummer Peter Yanowitz for seven years.

Dated Michael Stipe.

Dated Robert Buck (guitarist for…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Natalie contributed tracks for landmine victims on a benefit album titled Too Many Years: A Benefit for Clear Path International, in 2003.

    • Natalie is considered the "arts & crafty" lady, for her work with the children that she visits in homeless shelters in Harlem, New York.

    • Natalie wrote the song "Carnival" that is featured on the documentary Aileen: Life & Death Of A Serial Killer, the story of Aileen Wuornos.

    • Natalie's song "These Are The Days" has been on the soundtracks for Cheaper By The Dozen in 2003, and Bringing Out The Dead in 1998.

    • Natalie dropped out of high school at the age of sixteen. She went on to attend Jamestown Community College, to earn her an Associate's Degree, instead of a GED.

    • Natalie wanted to be a teacher growing up.

    • Natalie turned down a recurring role on "The Larry Sanders Show" that Gary Shandling had offered her himself in 1992.

    • Natalie writes most of her songs about friends and family that she has known in her life, drawing on their experiences to tell a story.

    • Natalie provides postcards with her art on them for the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network charity.

    • Natalie dated Michael Stipe from the rock group R.E.M< on and off for a few years.

    • Natalie is most embarassed of writing the song "Groove Dub", feeling that she was just spewing garbage. She is most proud of her song Dust Bowl.

    • Natalie is an accomplished piano player, and has written most of her own music and song verses.

    • Natalie left Elektra Records in 2003 and released The House Carpenter's Daughter on her own label, Myth America Records.

    • Natalie signed on with the Elektra record label in 1984.

    • Natalie released Tigerlily in 1995 which had three top 40 singles in the United States: 'Jealousy', 'Carnival', and 'Wonder'.

    • Natalie left 10,000 Maniacs to start her solo career in 1993.

    • Natalie was the lead singer for the group 10,000 Maniacs starting in 1981.

    • Natalie is called the "Emily Dickinson of pop" by many of her fans.

    • Natalie would like to see Oona O'Neil Chapman play her in a film adaptation of herself.

    • Natalie's most treasured posessions are her teeth.

    • Natalie most admires the Brazilian photographer Sebastio Salgado. Salgado travels the world documenting the lives of refugees, migrants, victims of famine and war, manual laborers, and landless peasants.

  • Quotes

    • Natalie: If I could change any certain moment in my life, I would change the night that River Phoenix fell outside of the Viper Room in Los Angeles. I would have been there, and we would've taken a walk on the beach that night. My best friend would still be here if I were allowed that one moment.

    • Natalie: I grew up as a television baby, with my television as my babysitter, up until I was about ten. Then my mother just ripped the thing out of the wall and put it in the closet. I can safely say that I was addicted to it.

    • Natalie: My drug period was between ages seventeen and eighteen. That was when I was experimenting with a lot of things. I was experiencing sleep deprivation, and was fasting. The longest fast I ever did was for twelve days. You go that long without food, you will hallucinate.

    • Natalie: I've never been able to put myself together very well, it's an effort most days to brush my hair. I tend to wear the same unflattering clothing habitually in spite of the small fortune I've spent on my wardrobe.

    • Natalie: The most beautiful lessons that I have been taught have come from the unselfish love I feel for my daughter. Nothing in the world comes close to the rush I get when I see her smiles.

    • Natalie: My most perfectly happy moments seem to have all happened unexpectantly and under the least extraordinary of circumstances. They were times when, however briefly, my mind has been quiet and I've really felt at peace. I was free of worry for the future, panic about squandering the present, and self recrimination for the past. Learning to string those random moments together means contentment to me.