- Took piano and voice lessons
- Solo albums: Tigerlily (1995), Ophelia (1998), Live in Concert (1999), Motherland (2001)
- Joined 10,000 Maniacs in 1981 and released 8 albums with them; the name of the band was inspired by the film Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964).
- Has an older brother and sister and a younger brother
- Natalie has also contributed to a colouring book for Crayola. The book was based on the lyrics of "Come Take a Trip in My Airship".
- Natalie is planning on releasing a folk album in early 2003. She has also teamed up with her former 10,000 Maniacs members and they are going to release a retrospective album sometime in 2003. The album will contain one CD of popular singles and one CD of rare b-sides. Also, Natalie will be designing the cover of the CD and will be contributing to the 48-page booklet.
- Recently gave birth to a baby girl. 
- Daughter's name is Lucia.
- Her childhood hero was Leonardo da Vinci. She is able to write left-handed, upside-down and backwards, as da Vinci did.
- Her favourite song by 10,000 Maniacs is "Dust Bowl".
- Dropped out of high school at age 16 and attended Jamestown Community College of The State University of New York (SUNY). She got an Associate's degree instead of a GED.
- Worked as an "arts and crafts lady" teaching art to homeless kids for a homeless shelter in Harlem during her hiatus from 10,000 Maniacs.
- Is Irish-Italian. Her father's original Italian family name was "Mercante", but it was Americanized into "Merchant". Her mother's side is Irish -- O'Neill or O'Neal or O'Shea.
- Garry Shandling wanted to cast her in a recurring role on the final season of "The Larry Sanders Show" (1992) but she turned the part down.
- Natalie Merchant was the first musical guest to be asked back by David Leterman to perform for a second night in a row.
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