The GRAMMY Museum presented an intimate conversation and performance with Natalie Merchant at The Greene Space at WNYC and WQXR in New York City. The conversation was moderated by Jessica Hopper and included a discussion about the making of Natalie’s latest album, her creative process, career, and more.
Natalie Merchant is an award-winning, multi-platinum-selling, American singer-songwriter and producer known for her distinctive voice and captivating literary-pop songs. Her music blends folk, rock, and world music influences, and she continues to be regarded as a pioneering figure in alternative music.
On her beguiling ninth studio album, Keep Your Courage, Merchant examines love in all its guises. Keep Your Courage is a sonically disparate and musically sumptuous collection produced by Merchant and recorded in Vermont with trusted collaborators and new friends. Whether it’s delicate chamber pop (“The Feast of Saint Valentine”), horn-driven soul (“Tower of Babel”), Celtic balladry (“Eye of the Storm”), or instantly infectious pop (“Come on, Aphrodite”), the album is anchored by Merchant’s unmistakable voice, whip-smart wordplay, and emotional delivery.