Fans of Natalie Merchant have been waiting a long time for the velvet-voiced songwriter to come back on an American tour, and that wait is almost over! Natalie’s upcoming double album, “Leave Your Sleep,” was inspired by poems read to her infant daughter, and contains poems from many authors put to Natalie’s own melodies. As Natalie explained to the New York Times, “In my mind, I had all these visions of projects I wanted to do and things I wanted to make, but I couldn’t leave my chair, and I had my hands full. So I just put a tape recorder next to the chair where I was nursing, and I would start singing into it, and that’s where the first songs came from. I didn’t really have time to focus on writing lyrics.”
Her first album since 2003, “Leave Your Sleep” is an album about poetry, and an album about childhood. It’s also a collaboration with other poets and writers, as well as 130 musical artists, according to Natalie, including Medeski, Martin & Wood and members of the New York Philharmonic.