We are delighted to welcome celebrated singer, songwriter, and activist Natalie Merchant to the Downtown roster.
Born in Jamestown, New York, Merchant started her career in 1981 as the lead singer and primary lyricist for the multi-platinum alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs. After releasing seven studio albums, Merchant left the group to embark on a solo career in 1993, beginning with her debut album Tigerlily (1995), which included hit singles “Carnival,” “Jealousy,” and “Wonder.”
Her success continued as she released an additional six studio albums: Ophelia (1998), Motherland (2001), The House Carpenter's Daughter (2003), Leave Your Sleep (2010), a self-titled album Natalie Merchant (2014), and Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings (2015).
In addition to her career as a singer/songwriter, Merchant has used her music to spearhead numerous advocacy campaigns surrounding environmental issues and social injustice. Teaming up with actor Mark Ruffalo, they protested oil and gas fracking in New York State in a concert and documentary film entitled Dear Governor Cuomo. She also produced Shelter: A Concert Film to Benefit Victims of Domestic Violence, that shined a light on a crisis facing women in the Hudson Valley.
Downtown will administer over 100 compositions from Merchant’s songbook, including her entire output as a solo artist and selected works recorded with 10,000 Maniacs.
Read more on Music Week.