Celebrating 50 Years of Carole King’s Tapestry

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Natalie Merchant, James Taylor, Roberta Flack, Tori Amos, Joan Armatrading, Rufus Wainwright and more on the 70s masterpiece in a recent article in the guardian.

Natalie writes: “It is a shock to admit that I could have been cognisant of an event that occurred 50 years ago, but my summer of 1971 memories are quite vivid. I was just seven, but I could feel the seismic changes of the times: they were shaking the foundations of my home. The earth was moving under my feet and the sky was tumbling down. My parents’ marriage was in pieces – my mother had thrown it against the kitchen wall in an effort to shatter the mould of her postwar, Catholic-American girl-self. She got a job, she wasn’t home when we came back from school, she didn’t drag us to mass on Sundays any more, she stopped wearing a bra, and she stopped loving our father…”

Read the remainder of Natalie’s quote and the full article here.

The Guardian, Carole King.

20th Anniversary of Motherland

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It’s time for a little milestone. Twenty years ago, I was in the studio recording my third solo album, MotherlandThe title song has been recorded by many musicians around the world since.

I’d like to share one of my favorite versions with you by an Isreali singer named Yonatan Tal. He performs a hauntingly beautiful Hebrew version, “Eretz Or”/”Land of Light” with translation by acclaimed Jewish poet and novelist, Tzruya Lahav (who also appears in this video).

In A State of Gratitude – Streaming Event

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I’m excited to announce a very special event celebrating New York’s healthcare workers. On December 29 at 7pm, I hope you can join us for Montefiore-Einstein Presents “In A State Of Gratitude”, a virtual concert to celebrate our healthcare heroes.

You can watch the stream on Radio City Music Hall’s Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube channel.

For more info, please visit radiocity.com/stateofgratitude.

State of Gratitude: A Tribute to the Healthcare Heroes Saving New York

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Starting in the spring of 2020, every evening at 7:00PM, New Yorkers clapped, cheered and banged pots and pans in support of the healthcare workers fighting to save lives.

This holiday season, in tribute to their bravery and resilience, Montefiore Health System brought together the Orchestra of the Bronx, Every Voice Choirs, Brooklyn United Music and Arts Program, and New Yorkers to show our gratitude to the healthcare heroes saving New York.

Gratitude forever.

Butterfly & Rarities Available to Stream and Download Now

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Butterfly: Download / Stream Now

Rarities: Download / Stream Now

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Butterfly & Rarities

June 26, 2020

Paradise Is ThereSince mid-March of this year, we’ve all slowed down. The pandemic has demanded that we abandon our usual blinding pace of life and shelter in place. We’ve all had more time than we ever expected to examine our lives during these days of pause and seclusion. Most of my friends have been excavating forgotten corners of their homes and offices and sharing their discoveries. In that spirit, I sat down today and listened to an album of mine, Butterfly for the first time since completing it three years ago. Two time worn (but painfully true) phrases are ringing in my ears now: “lost in the din” and “fallen between the cracks”. Butterfly was released, to very little fanfare, in late June of 2017 as part of a ten-solo album retrospective box set. I had a funny notion that its inclusion would create incentive for people to invest in the archaic format of a box of compact discs. I also created a bonus disc of curated obscure tracks and called it Rarities. After weeks of combing my archive, I put together a collection including: collaborations with David Byrne, Billy Bragg, Amy Helm, The Chieftains and Cowboy Junkies, live performances, studio outtakes, and unreleased covers by songwriters, Katell Keineg, Randy Newman, Ray Davies, Buddy Holly, and Joel Zoss. We held back the digital release of both these discs for a year to ensure that the box was unique. What a brilliant scheme!

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ASCAP Foundation Champion Award

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Natalie will be this year’s recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Champion Award, established by The ASCAP Foundation to celebrate ASCAP members whose contributions extend beyond music to significant charitable and humanitarian efforts. Previous members who have received the award include Tony Bennett, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Billy Joel, Richard Marx, John Mellencamp, Jason Mraz and Ne-Yo. The ceremony and performance will take place at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.

The full announcement is here

The Tonight Show

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Last night Natalie and Erik gave a special performance of “These Are Days” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and were joined by The Roots! They followed that with an encore acoustic performance of “Motherland.”

These Three Podcast

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Natalie spoke to John Wilson of BBC Radio 4 for the new podcast These Three.

In each episode John talks to an artist, musician, writer, director, actor, photographer and other creative types about their artistic lives by focussing on three key works: a piece of work they’ve made that they’re especially proud of, one by someone else they wish they had made, and one they’re working on now.

Natalie discusses her song ‘Lulu’, ‘Ode To Billie Jo by Bobbie Gentry’, and a new song that’s a work in progress.

Listen to the full episode here.

39th Annual John Lennon Tribute

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Natalie will be performing at Symphony Space in NYC on December 6th as part of the 39th Annual John Lennon Tribute – where she’ll be presented with the 2019 John Lennon Real Love Award.

Tickets go on sale August 6th at 1 PM. Visit LennonTribute.org for more info.

Benefit Show Honoring John Prine in NYC

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Natalie is among the artists performing a song at this special show honoring John Prine on Wednesday, June 12th at PUBLIC ARTS in NYC.

A portion of proceeds from the event will be going to 826NYC. Limited tix available here.