Alice Merton

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Alice Merton
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Merton at SWR3 New Pop Festival 2017
Born (1993-09-13) 13 September 1993 (age 25)
Frankfurt, Germany
Residence Berlin, Germany
  • Canadian
  • British
  • German
Alma mater Popakademie Baden-Württemberg
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Home town Berlin, Germany
Musical career
Origin Berlin, Germany
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active 2015–present
  • Paper Plane Records International

Alice Merton (born 13 September 1993) is a German-Canadian-English singer and songwriter.[1][2][3] Merton achieved mainstream success with her debut single, "No Roots", a number-one single in France.[4]

Early life[edit]

Merton was born on 13 September 1993 in Frankfurt, Germany to a German mother and an Irish father. Merton's family moved frequently due to her father's job as a mining consultant.[5] When she was three months old, Merton moved to Connecticut.[6] Shortly thereafter, they relocated to Oakville, Ontario, Canada[specify] where she was raised until the age of thirteen when her family relocated to Munich.[6][7] Merton's return to Germany prompted her to learn German which enabled her to speak with her German grandmother whom she had only seen once annually growing up.[8] Merton attended a German-language high school before graduating and moving to England.[8] In 2013, she started her studies at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg in Mannheim, where she earned a bachelor's degree in composition and song writing,[9][10] and met the members of her future band. Merton moved frequently in her early life, living in Oakville, Ontario, Connecticut, New York, Munich, Bournemouth, London, and Berlin, among other cities.[11][12][13] Through her upbringing, Merton has stated she has felt connected to Canada, England, Germany, and France where her mother lived.[1][13][14]


Merton first drew major attention in 2015[citation needed] as a songwriter and singer on Fahrenhaidt's album The Book of Nature.[15] On 14 November 2016 while in Hamburg she won the annual award for the promotion of talented newcomers in the category Acoustic Pop.[16]

After moving to Berlin, Alice and her manager Paul Grauwinkel founded the record label Paper Plane Records International, and released the song "No Roots" at the end of 2016. The song's lyrics were inspired by her feeling of "There's no one place where my home is."[12] On both Hype Machine and Spotify's Global Viral 50 charts the song reached number one, and was soon included on the "Hit Play" lists of several radio stations. The song was also featured on episode 5x09 of the NBC TV series, The Blacklist.

On the basis of this success, Merton officially released her first EP, No Roots, on 3 February 2017. No Roots reached number two on the German charts, and number one on the French charts. Vodafone Germany even included the song in one of its commercials.[17] Alice signed with Mom + Pop Music in August 2017 for marketing within the United States,[4] and on 2 August 2017 she released her second single Hit the Ground Running with her new record label.

She performed at the Life Ball in Vienna on 10 June 2017, and ended the year touring throughout Germany, appearing as opening act for Bosse and Philipp Poisel, among others.[18][19] In late 2017 she won the 2018 European Border Breakers Award.[20]

On 7 September 2018, Merton released "Why So Serious", the lead single from her upcoming debut album, Mint. She is set to release the second single in November. The album will be released on 18 January 2019.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Merton currently resides in Berlin and England.[7][22]



Extended plays[edit]

Title Extended play details Peak chart positions
US Rock

No Roots 33 30 14


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Alt.
"No Roots" 2016 2 3 97 1 4 7 4 12 52 84 1 No Roots
"Hit the Ground Running" 2017
"Lash Out"[42] 2018 66 16
"Why So Serious"[23] Mint[23]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Half As Good As You"[43] 2018 Tom Odell Jubilee Road


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  2. ^ "Eloy - The Vision, The Sword & The Pyre album review". Prog. 2017-10-06. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  3. ^ "Track By Track: Alice Merton on her debut EP". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  4. ^ a b Cirisano, Tatiana (2017-08-22). "Alice Merton's Wanderlust Anthem 'No Roots' Heads to U.S. After Blowing Up in Europe". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  5. ^ "Artist You Need to Know: Alice Merton". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  6. ^ a b "Alice Merton: Always On The Move". Lemonade Magazine. 2017-10-03. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  7. ^ a b Mittelstraß, Ann-Kathrin (2017-07-18). "Kein Land der Welt ist meine Heimat" (in German). Bayerischer Rundfunk. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  8. ^ a b Germany,, Frankfurt, (2017-09-07). "Wir stellen vor: Alice Merton | | Musik". (in German). Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  9. ^ "Popakademie Baden-Württemberg" (in German). Popakademie Baden-Württemberg. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  10. ^ Hessischer Rundfunk 2017, German
  11. ^ (, Jörg Lange. "SWR3 New Pop Festival 2017: Alice Merton | SWR3". (in German). Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  12. ^ a b Kent, Matthew (2016-12-01). "Singer-songwriter Alice Merton explores her nomadic past on "No Roots"". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 2017-12-03.
  13. ^ a b "Alice Merton, Sascha & Sebastian mit dem Hit "No Roots"". BAYERN 3 (in German). Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  14. ^ de Torres, Pablo (2017-06-10). "¿Quién es Alice Merton?". LOS40 (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-01-03.
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  17. ^ "Vodafone: Song aus der GigaDepot Werbung" (in German). 2017-04-21. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  18. ^ Beganovic, Amina (2017-06-10). "LIVE vom Life Ball 2017: Das Wiener Rathaus feiert schrill durch die Nacht" (in German). Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  19. ^ "Bosse nimmt Alice Merton mit" (in German). Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  20. ^ "The winners - Germany - Alice Merton". Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  21. ^ Payne, Chris (2018-09-07). "Alice Merton Previews Just-Announced Debut LP: 'Every Song Sounds Like the Emotion It's Portraying'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  22. ^ "No Roots by Alice Merton". Undercover RockLife. 2016-12-12. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
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  26. ^ "Alice Merton – Chart History: Alternative Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
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  40. ^ "Les Certifications - FIMI". FIMI (in Italian). Retrieved 7 August 2018.
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  42. ^ "Lash Out - Single by Alice Merton". iTunes (UK).
  43. ^ "Jubilee Road by Tom Odell". iTunes (UK). Retrieved 30 August 2018.

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