Exclusive Portrait: Natalie Merchant With First Album in Seven Years

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CHICAGO – Natalie Merchant, formerly the lead singer for 10,000 Maniacs, has come back with a solo album after a seven year hiatus. “Leave Your Sleep” has an unusual theme, as it takes verse from the 19th and 20th Century poets and sets it to music best described as lullabies, written for her daughter.

Natalie Merchant at Borders Books State Street, Chicago, July 22nd, 2010
Natalie Merchant at Borders Books State Street, Chicago, July 22nd, 2010
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.

Merchant appeared at the Borders Books on State Street in Chicago, as she signed her new CD and greeted admirers there. The same night, she played a sold-out show at the Chicago Theater across the street, where she highlighted her new album and many of her pop favorites.

HollywoodChicago.com photographer Joe Arce took these exclusive portraits at Merchant’s Borders appearance.

Smiling for the Camera: Natalie Merchant in Chicago
Smiling for the Camera: Natalie Merchant in Chicago
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.

Natalie Merchant’s new album, “Leave Your Sleep,” is available at Borders Books
and wherever music is sold.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

By PATRICK McDONALD
Senior Staff Writer
HollywoodChicago.com
pat@hollywoodchicago.com

© 2010 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

Ballerinafigure's picture

Stuck in the corner

I attend the CD signing at Borders in Chicago. I was delighted to meet her face to face and chit chat. Natalie was very gracious enough to sign 3 CD’s. I was not happy how Borders shoved her in the small corner. Her fans were lined up against the wall where she could not be seen unless you left the line to look or if you were the next person in line. I felt Borders disrespected her by not opening up the area to provide more space. Natalie did say at her concert that she not famous. It seems Borders agree and did not think she was deserving to have more space. Too bad she is great and Borders does not get it. Its their loss.

Joe Arce's picture

Re: Stuck In the corner

Borders uses that same space for all of its celebrity signings at that venue.I know because I shoot them all.She wasn’t stuck in a corner, she was seated in front of the windows for better lighting and the space was preapproved by Natalie’s Management for both comfort and security.The event coordinator happens to be one of Natalies biggest fans.I also took private photos of them together following the event.

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