Catherine Tift Merritt (born January 8, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and North Carolina native. With her longtime band, she has built what has been called a "unique" and critically acclaimed body of work of "sonic short stories and poignant performances." She has been compared to artists like Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris.
Merritt has released five studio albums to date: two for Lost Highway Records, two for Fantasy Records, and one for Yep Roc Records. Her live albums so far are Home Is Loud released in 2005 and Buckingham Solo released in 2009.
Merritt was born in Houston but her family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina soon after. Her father taught her guitar chords and how to play piano by ear to Percy Sledge and Bob Dylan songs, and she sang harmonies with him as a child. His eclectic record collection of soul, folk, R&B, rock, and country music records influenced her both then and later; she credits his "genreless" taste with influencing her to write and perform without regard to genre herself...
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