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Natalie Merchant
Background information
Birth name Natalie Anne Merchant
Born (1963-10-26) October 26, 1963 (age 58)
Jamestown, New York, USA
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals, keyboard, piano
Years active 1981–present
Labels Elektra Records
Myth America Records
Nonesuch/Elektra Records
Associated acts 10,000 Maniacs
Michael Stipe

Natalie Merchant (born October 26, 1963 in Jamestown, New York) is an American musician, recording artist and singer-songwriter. Her hit singles include Carnival and Trouble Me. She was part of 10,000 Maniacs until 1993. She then left the group for a solo career.

Personal life

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Merchant became known for her swirling style of dancing and her simple dress while performing with 10,000 Maniacs

In 2003, Merchant married Daniel de la Calle. They had a daughter named Lucia. However, in an interview in 2012, she indicated that she is now divorced. She likes gardening and painting. Some paintings can be seen at her official website. She has been a vegetarian since 1980.


With 10,000 Maniacs

  • Human Conflict Number Five (EP) (1982)
  • Secrets of the I Ching (1983)
  • The Wishing Chair (1985)
  • In My Tribe (1987)
  • Blind Man's Zoo (1989)
  • Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983 (1990)
  • Our Time in Eden (1992)
  • MTV Unplugged (1993)
  • Campfire Songs: The Popular, Obscure and Unknown Recordings (2004)


  • 1995: Tigerlily
  • 1998: Ophelia
  • 2001: Motherland
  • 2003: The House Carpenter's Daughter
  • 2005: Retrospective (1990 - 2005)
  • 2010: Leave Your Sleep



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Time Capsule Herself (Vocals, Piano, Organ) Video Documentary
1996 One Fine Day Performer "One Fine Day" Soundtrack
1998 Ophelia Performer Short Film
1999 Bringing Out the Dead Performer/Writer: "These Are Days" Soundtrack
1999 Natalie Merchant: Live in Concert Herself (Vocals, Piano) Live Concert Video
2002 When in Rome Performer/Writer: "These Are Days" Soundtrack
2003 Cheaper by the Dozen Performer/Writer: "These Are Days" Soundtrack
2004 Purgatory House Performer/Writer: "My Skin" Soundtrack
2006 Candida Performer/Writer: "Motherland" Soundtrack
2007 Earthlings Composer Documentary


Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Arsenio Hall Show Herself (as 10,000 Maniacs) "Eat for Two"
1990 MTV Unplugged Herself (as 10,000 Maniacs) MTV
1992 Saturday Night Live Herself (as 10,000 Maniacs) (NBC) Aired 31 October 1992; songs: Candy Everybody Wants and These Are Days
1993 MTV Unplugged Herself (as 10,000 Maniacs) First artist to make 2nd appearance
1993 Rock & Roll Inaugural Ball Herself (as 10,000 Maniacs)
1993 MTV VMAS Herself–Presenter TV Special
1995 Concert for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Herself–Performer Sang "I Know How to Do It"
1995 Saturday Night Live Herself–Performer (NBC) Host David Schwimmer
1997 Sessions at West 54th Herself–Performer (PBS) "Planctus" with Philip Glass
1998 Saturday Night Live Herself–Performer (NBC) Host Matthew Broderick
1998 Hard Rock Live Herself–Performer VH1
1998 VH1 Storytellers Herself–Performer Later released as DVD
1998 Sessions at West 54th Herself–Performer (NBC) Host David Byrne
1999 Man in the Sand Herself Video Documentary
1999 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Musical Guest (NBC) "Life Is Sweet"
1999 Lifetime's Intimate Portrait Herself Biographical
2000 ABC 2000: The Millennium Herself–Performer "Kind and Generous"
2001 Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words & Music Herself–Performer "Nowhere Man"
2001 Up Close and Personal Herself–Performer Oxygen
2002 Austin City Limits Herself–Performer PBS
2003 Go Further Herself Documentary
2010 Good Morning America Herself–Performer ABC News
Talk Shows Years
The Arsenio Hall Show: 1989
The Late Show with David Letterman: 1995, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2001, 2004
The Rosie O'Donnell Show: 1996, 1996, 1998, 1998, 1999, 1999, 2001, 2002
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: 1992, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2010

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