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Natalie Merchant

Natalie Merchant - Holiday Cheer for FUV - 2014

by Kara Manning
Photo by Neil Swanson/WFUV

One of Conor Oberst's labelmates on Nonesuch Records is Natalie Merchant, who released her sixth solo album, self-titled, in 2014. This quietly powerful and thoughtful record, rich with exquisite character studies and sunbeams of soulful reverie, marked Natalie's first collection of new, original songs in over 13 years.

We are so pleased that Natalie joined Holiday Cheer for FUV with Conor Oberst and Friends at the Beacon Theatre, since she's always been beloved by this station and our listeners. She was a part of the extraordinary lineup which also included Suzanne Vega, Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow, The Felice Brothers and Jonathan Wilson.

Recap: Holiday Cheer For FUV 2014

by Kara Manning
Suzanne Vega, Natalie Merchant, Laura Marling and Conor Oberst (photo by Neil Swanson)

The warmth and exuberance that filled the Beacon Theatre for our sold-out 2014 benefit concert, Holiday Cheer for FUV, was an oasis of peace in unsettled times.

Natalie Merchant - FUV Live - 2014

by Carmel Holt
photo by Dan Winters

Natalie Merchant's sixth solo album is her first record of original lyrics and music in thirteen years, but she certainly hasn't been resting on her laurels. Since her album Motherland, Natalie has released a double album of adapted poetry called Leave Your Sleep as well as an album of traditional folk songs called The House Carpenter’s Daughter. She has also been very involved in the anti-fracking fight, made a movie about domestic violence, worked with the NY State Council on the Arts and had a child. All the while, she was collecting songs for her new self-titled release.

Natalie Merchant - Words and Music - 2008

by WFUV Staff
With 10,000 Maniacs and major labels far behind her, Natalie Merchant walks a path led by her musical and societal passions. Since 2003's 'The House Carpenter's Daughter' that's been a path without a new album but not without music, and during a 6-night stand at New York City's Hiro Ballroom Natalie updated Julianne Welby on what projects (and hopefully songs) the future may hold.

Natalie Merchant - Words and Music - 2010

by Alisa Ali
During her career. Natalie Merchant has gone from being one of the 10,000 Maniacs to the role of a fairly contented mother with her new record of songs about childhood and lullabies called, 'Leave Your Sleep,' which she talked about with WFUV's Alisa Ali. (4/13/10)