Natalie Merchant Working On Compilation Disc

Natalie Merchant is recording an undetermined number of new songs for forthcoming two-disc Warner Bros. compilation of her solo work. “The deadline is mid-July, so I should expect it to be released in the early fall,” she writes on her official Web site.

The artist is also designing the packaging for the set. In addition to such well-known songs as “Jealousy” and “Carnival,” also expected are B-sides, live recordings and songs Merchant has contributed to various benefit albums over the years.

Since leaving the major-label world, the former 10,000 Maniacs singer has taken a low-key approach to career, releasing “The House Carpenter’s Daughter” in 2003 on her own Myth America label and devoting her energies to motherhood. Beyond the month-long outing launched in support of that release, Merchant says she has no plans for hitting the road anytime soon. “Touring with a baby is a bit more complicated and exhausting (for everyone),” she writes on the site. “So I have to be realistic.”


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