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  • Thursday,January 26,2023
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    Natalie Merchant, whose new album, Keep Your Courage, is due April 14, performs the title track to her 2001 album Motherland in a new Blackberry Sessions video. She was joined by guitarist Erik Della Penna in making the video while at Blackberry Farm in Tennessee in November as part of its annual Americana Music Association weekend. You can watch it here. Merchant will tour the US tour this spring, going into the fall. European dates will be announced shortly.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Video
  • Tuesday,November 29,2022
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    Keep Your Courage, Natalie Merchant’s tenth solo studio album and the first of new material since her 2014 self-titled record, is due April 14. An eclectic album, produced by Merchant, it features lush orchestrations throughout, two duets sung with vocalist Abena Koomson-Davis of Resistance Revival Chorus, contributions from the Celtic folk group Lúnasa and Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, and horn arrangements by jazz trombonist Steve Davis. There are nine original songs by Merchant and an interpretation of a song by Ian Lynch of the Irish band Lankum. The vinyl LP edition includes four bonus tracks from earlier albums, previously unreleased on vinyl. Merchant will tour the US in the spring and fall. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include access to an exclusive virtual pre-release listening event on April 6 via FlyMachine featuring songs from the album and a conversation between Merchant and a host.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News, On Tour
  • Friday,November 18,2022
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    Natalie Merchant has been appointed to the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center Board of Trustees by US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to support the ongoing preservation and promotion of the country’s folklore, cultural traditions, music, and arts, and aid in the long-term planning and policy direction of the center. Merchant says: "It’s such an honor to be selected to serve on the Folklife Center board. I’ve admired the work of this agency for many years and hope to find some way to help further their mission of preserving and promoting all forms of folk arts in America."

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday,August 5,2022
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    Natalie Merchant was a guest on the Sheroes podcast hosted by Carmel Holt. They spoke at the Newport Folk Festival in July, where Merchant took part in a number of special collaborative performances. They discuss her career, some of what she’s been focused on for the past few years, and what’s ahead. They also spoke for Mixtape Memoir on Sonos, looking back at Merchant’s life through songs. You can hear both here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Podcast
  • Monday,May 3,2021
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    In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day this Tuesday, May 4, the children at Irving Park Elementary School in Greensboro, NC, chose to thank their teachers with a special performance of Natalie Merchant's "Kind and Generous" you can watch here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Video
  • Thursday,November 26,2020
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    We join Natalie Merchant in sending our thanks to all the health care workers and first responders who have served their communities during this pandemic with such skill, grace, kindness, and generosity, such as those at Montefiore in New York City. Happy Thanksgiving, all.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Video
  • Thursday,October 29,2020
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    Natalie Merchant took part in the Hudson Valley Votes virtual concert and rally earlier this month to get out the vote in the US election. The event raised funds for Common Cause, which works to strengthen democracy in America. Merchant was joined by Simi Stone to perform her song "This House Is on Fire," which you can watch here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Video
  • Friday,June 26,2020
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    Two Natalie Merchant albums are now available digitally for the first time: Butterfly, a studio album featuring four new songs and six reinterpretations from her catalogue arranged for string quartet, and Rarities, a collection of fifteen rare and previously unreleased tracks recorded between 1998 and 2017. For Rarities, Merchant curated a selection of unique home studio demos, album outtakes, live tracks, and collaborations with diverse artists like Billy Bragg, David Byrne, The Chieftains, Cowboy Junkies, and Amy Helm. Both albums were created for and were previously only available as part of the deluxe ten-CD box set The Natalie Merchant Collection in 2017.

    Journal Topics: Album Release, Artist News
  • Tuesday,October 29,2019
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    Natalie Merchant will receive the ASCAP Foundation Champion Award at The ASCAP Foundation Honors in NYC on December 11. The Champion Award celebrates ASCAP members whose contributions extend beyond music to significant charitable and humanitarian efforts. Also being honored at the event is Francisco Núñez, the founder and artistic director of the Young People's Chorus of New York City, who will receive The ASCAP Foundation Life in Music Award. "Their passion and commitment to philanthropy are sterling examples of how the creative community can step forward to improve the human condition," said ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams. "They 'walk the walk' and are inspirations for all of us."

    Journal Topics: Artist News
  • Friday,August 9,2019
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    Natalie Merchant was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She performed 10,000 Maniacs' "These Are Days," joined by The Roots, and gave an intimate online-exclusive performance of her song "Motherland." You can watch both here. Merchant also spoke with John Wilson for the podcast These Three about three songs: one she wrote, one she wishes she'd written, and one she's working on now. Her two-week, sold-out US tour concludes in Hudson, NY, tonight. 

    Journal Topics: Artist News, Television, Video
  • Monday,August 5,2019
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    Natalie Merchant, who performs on The Tonight Show this Thursday, will receive the 2019 John Lennon Real Love Award and will lead a multi-artist tribute concert of her favorite John Lennon and Beatles tunes at Symphony Space in NYC on December 6. The award is given in recognition of Merchant's artistic achievements and lifelong commitment to social activism and charitable causes. Proceeds will benefit Theatre Within's ongoing free workshops at Gilda's Club NYC.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, On Tour
  • Thursday,July 25,2019
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    Natalie Merchant begins a two-week, sold-out A Summer Evening With… tour of intimate venues across the US Northeast tonight, visiting towns in which she has never performed. "We're looking forward to seeing the rocky coast of Maine, the green rolling hills of Vermont, the historic village squares and white-steepled churches of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut," says Merchant.

    Journal Topics: Artist News, On Tour

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