Paramount Presents: An Evening with Natalie Merchant: Keep Your Courage Tour

Paramount Presents: An Evening with Natalie Merchant: Keep Your Courage Tour

Live Events | 04/19/2023 | 8:00PM

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On her beguiling ninth studio album, Keep Your Courage, Natalie Merchant examines love in all its guises. While the award-winning and multi-platinum-selling singer- songwriter has hardly eschewed love songs in the past, she has never been this immersed in them. By Merchant’s count, she mentions love twenty-six times across Keep Your Courage. “I think the pandemic was a great period of solitude and longing,” she says by way of one possible explanation for her fixation on matters of the heart. “I craved and savored human connection; it was the only thing that really mattered.”

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.

Though this is her first album of all new, original material in nine years, Merchant has been anything but idle in that time. In addition to raising her daughter, the singer-songwriter has tackled several projects in the last decade, among them: rearranging her songs for string quintet and acoustic instruments for the CD and documentary Paradise Is There, directing Shelter, a documentary on domestic violence, curating the 10-disc box set The Natalie Merchant Collection, and somehow, for two years, finding time four days a week to work with children as an artist-in-residence with a local non-profit pre-school. She explains, “I felt like it was part of my job as a mother to be an example of someone who’s engaged in the community.” In November 2022, Merchant was appointed to a six-year term on the board of trustees for the American Folklife Center at The Library of Congress by Senate majority leader Charles Schumer.


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  • April 19, 2023 | 8:00PM
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