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Natalie Merchant

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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 and the band's reputation continued to grow. 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. In 2013 she spearheaded the making of the protest concert film Dear Governor Cuomo with New Yorkers Against Fracking, which included actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo, and filmmakers Jon Bowermaster and Alex Gibney. A year later, she directed and produced Shelter: A Concert Film to Benefit Victims of Domestic Violence and returned to straight-ahead pop music making with a self-titled album. Over the next year, Merchant revisited the songs from Tigerlily (which sold over five million copies), rearranging and re-recording the material to reflect how it had evolved over two decades of performance. She also created a documentary about the original album's influence on friends, fans, and fellow musicians. In the fall of 2015, Nonesuch released the package as Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings. ~ Jason Ankeny & Andrew Leahey
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  2.   Wonder
  3.   Carnival
  4.   Jealousy
  5.   Kind & Generous
  6.   My Skin
  7.   Motherland
  8.   Space Oddity
  9.   Vain and Careless
  10.   San Andreas Fault
  11.   River
  12.   The Letter
  13.   The Living
  14.   Ladybird
  15.   Not in This Life
  16.   Build a Levee
  17.   After the Gold Rush
  18.   Frozen Charlotte
  19.   King of May
  20.   This House Is on Fire
  21.   Topsyturvey-World
  22.   If No One Ever Marries Me
  23.   Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience
  24.   The Sleepy Giant
  25.   Owensboro
  26.   Calico Pie
  27.   Adventures of Isabel
  28.   Children Go Where I Send Thee
  29.   Tell Yourself
  30.   Life Is Sweet
  31.   I May Know the Word
  32.   Photograph by R.E.M.
  33.   Beloved Wife
  34.   Ophelia
  35.   It Makes a Change
  36.   When They Ring the Golden Bells
  37.   Break Your Heart
  38.   Cowboy Romance
  39.   Lulu (Introduction)
  40.   Maggie and Milly and Molly and May
  41.   She Devil
  42.   Crazy Man Michael
  43.   Which Side Are You On?
  44.   Sally Ann
  45.   Henry Darger
  46.   Put the Law on You
  47.   I'm Not Gonna Beg
  48.   The Gulf of Araby
  49.   Gun Shy
  50.   Effigy
  51.   Thick as Thieves
  52.   One Fine Day
  53.   Where I Go
  54.   Seven Years
  55.   Party of God
  56.   Spring and Fall: To a Young Child
  57.   Autumn Lullaby
  58.   Soldier, Soldier
  59.   Poor Wayfaring Stranger
  60.   Sweet and a Lullaby
  61.   The End
  62.   It's A-Coming
  63.   Black Sheep
  64.   Giving Up Everything
  65.   Seven Deadly Sins
  66.   Texas
  67.   Maggie Said
  68.   Learning the Game
  69.   The Walloping Window Blind
  70.   The Peppery Man
  71.   The Land of Nod
  72.   The Janitor's Boy
  73.   The Blind Men and the Elephant
  74.   Indian Names
  75.   I Saw a Ship A-Sailing
  76.   Griselda
  77.   Crying, My Little One
  78.   Bread and Circuses by Billy Bragg
  79.   Down on Penny's Farm
  80.   House Carpenter
  81.   Diver Boy
  82.   The Worst Thing
  83.   Golden Boy
  84.   Saint Judas
  85.   Just Can't Last
  86.   But Not for Me
  87.   I Know How to Do It
  88.   Weeping Pilgrim
  89.   Hey Baby Boy
  90.   Dust Bowl
  91.   Go Down Moses
  92.   The Man in the Wilderness
  93.   The King of China's Daughter
  94.   Equestrienne
  95.   Bleezer's Ice-Cream
  96.   There Is No Good Reason
  97.   Come Take a Trip in My Airship
  98.   The Dancing Bear
  99.   Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow
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