Nonesuch Records is set to release Natalie Merchant’s new self-titled album on May 6, 2014. In support, the multi-platinum singer will embark on a 16-date summer tour across the U.S. that will stop at The Beacon Theatre on Saturday, September 13th.
This recording marks Merchant’s sixth solo collection and her first of entirely original songs in 13 years. This self-produced album is the work of a mature artist with a clear and distinctive voice. Long appreciated for the depth and substance of her writing, Merchant has never shied away from weighty themes or subjects for her lyrics. She describes the new release as informed “by experience and keen observation,” dealing with issues of “love gained and lost, regret, denial, surrender, greed, destructiveness, defeat, and occasional triumph.”
Merchant’s career began when, as a college student, she joined the seminal alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs. Serving as lead vocalist, lyricist, and sometime pianist, Merchant released five critically acclaimed studio albums with the band. Merchant left the group in 1993, after 12 years, to record her first solo album.
For the past five years, Merchant has maintained a schedule of guest soloist concerts with major symphonies throughout the US, with an orchestral repertoire drawn from her catalogue of songs and new compositions. She remains dedicated to a wide array of social justice and environmental causes. Merchant is exploring a new approach to protest through filming multi-media events that inform the public, heighten the profile of community organizers, and encourage action. "It's not enough for me anymore to just show up and sing a song at a benefit and feel I've done my bit. I want to offer my skills to create more comprehensive campaigns on behalf of over-strapped and under-staffed non-profits."