Alice Merton

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Alice Merton
Alice Merton-3417.jpg
Alice Merton at the SWR3 New Pop Festival 2017
Born (1993-09-13) 13 September 1993 (age 28)
Frankfurt, Germany
Citizenship
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Ireland
Alma materPopakademie Baden-Württemberg
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Height164 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Musical career
OriginBerlin, Germany
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active2015–present
Labels
  • Paper Plane Records International
Websitealicemerton.com

Alice Florence Clarissa Merton[1] (born 13 September 1993) is a German-born English-Canadian singer and songwriter.[2][3][4] Merton achieved mainstream success with her debut single, "No Roots".[5]

Early life[edit]

Merton was born on 13 September 1993 in Frankfurt, Germany to a German mother and an Irish-born father. Merton's family moved frequently due to her father's job as a mining consultant.[6][7] When she was three months old, Merton moved to Connecticut.[8] Shortly thereafter[specify], they relocated to Oakville, Ontario, Canada where she was raised until the age of thirteen, learning classical piano and singing.[9] Her family then relocated to Munich.[8][10] 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.[11] While in Germany, Merton wrote her first song and attended a German-language high school before graduating and moving to England.[11]

Merton moved frequently in her early life, living in Oakville, Ontario, Connecticut, New York, Munich, Bournemouth, London, and Berlin, among other cities.[12][13][14] Through her upbringing, Merton has stated she has felt connected to Canada, England, Germany, and France where her mother lived.[2][14][15] 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,[16][17] and met the members of her future band.

Career[edit]

2015–2017: The Book of Nature, No Roots, and mainstream success[edit]

Merton first drew major attention in 2015[citation needed] as a songwriter and singer on Fahrenhaidt's album The Book of Nature.[18] On 14 November 2016 while in Hamburg, she won the annual award for the promotion of talented newcomers in the category Acoustic Pop.[19]

After moving to Berlin, Merton 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."[13] 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.

Alice performing live in Los Angeles 2017

On the basis of this success, Merton officially released her first EP, No Roots, on 3 February 2017. No Roots reached number one on the French charts, number two on the German charts, number three in Austria, number 25 in Switzerland and number one in US alternative radio charts. Vodafone Germany even included the song in one of its commercials.[20] Merton signed with Mom + Pop Music in August 2017 for marketing within the United States,[5] 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.[21][22] In late 2017 she won the 2018 European Border Breakers Award.[23]

2018–2020: Mint[edit]

On 7 September 2018, Merton released "Why So Serious", the lead single from her debut album, Mint. She released two other singles since then. The album was released on 18 January 2019.[24] The second official single Funny Business was released 30 November. The video for the single was premiered 9 January. Also, this day she released her brand new song from album "Homesick".

Merton dueted with British singer-songwriter Tom Odell in the single "Half As Good As You" that was released on 28 September 2018.[25]

On 1 February 2019, Merton released the first part of the Making of Mint documentary and announced an April 2019 USA concert tour.[26]

Alice Merton live at Southside Festival 2019

In 2019, Merton was a coach on ninth series of The Voice of Germany, and became the first female coach to win a series with Claudia Emmanuela Santoso.

On 18 October 2019, Merton released her album Mint again with four additional songs (Back To Berlin, PCH, Easy and Keeps Me Awake). Later, in the beginning of 2020, she toured across Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Denmark singing these new songs, as well as the ones from her previous album.

2021–present: S.I.D.E.S[edit]

On 8 April 2021, Merton released "Vertigo". On 9 September, she released "Hero" and "Island", both of which are from her upcoming second studio album, S.I.D.E.S, which she revealed the name on 23 February 2022, along with its tracklist. Her new work will count with 15 tracks, of which 3 have already been released. On TikTok she released a video announcing the release of the next song “Same Team” would be on 4 March 2022.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Merton currently resides in London.[10][28]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
GER
[29]
AUT
[30]
ITA
[31]
SCO
[32]
SWI
[33]
UK
[34]
US
[35]
US
Ind.

[36]
Mint 2 19 62 66 21 [A] [B] 13

Extended plays[edit]

Title Extended play details Peak chart positions
US
[35]
US
Alt.

[39]
US
Ind.

[36]
US Rock
[40]
No Roots 171 14 17 30

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
GER
[29]
AUT
[30]
CAN
[41]
FRA
[42]
ITA
[43]
MEX
[44]
SWI
[33]
UK
[34]
US
[45]
US
Rock

[46]
"No Roots" 2016 2 3 97 41 7 27 12 52 84 5 Mint
"Hit the Ground Running" 2017 No Roots
"Lash Out"[54] 2018 66 [C] 37 Mint
"Why So Serious"[56] [D] 60 [E]
"Funny Business"[59] [F]
"Learn to Live" 2019
"Easy"
"Vertigo"[61] 2021 [G] S.I.D.E.S
"Hero" / "Island"
"Same Team" 2022
"Blindside"
"Loveback"
"—" 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"[62] 2018 Tom Odell Jubilee Road
"The Best"[63] 2020 Awolnation Angel Miners & the Lightning Riders

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mint did not enter the UK Albums Chart, but peaked at number 25 on the UK Official Album Downloads Chart.[37]
  2. ^ Mint did not enter the US Billboard 200, but peaked at number 48 on the US Top Album Sales Chart.[38]
  3. ^ "Lash Out" did not enter the Swiss Singles chart, but charted at number 89 on the Swiss Airplay chart.[55]
  4. ^ "Why So Serious" did not enter the German Singles Chart, but peaked at number 5 on the Deutsche Single Trend Chart.[57]
  5. ^ "Why So Serious" did not enter the Mexico Airplay chart, but peaked at number 9 on the Mexico Ingles Airplay chart.[58]
  6. ^ "Funny Business" did not enter the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, but peaked at number 42 on the US Rock & Alternative Airplay chart.[60]
  7. ^ "Vertigo" did not enter the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, but peaked at number 46 on the US Rock & Alternative Airplay chart.[60]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Buschmann, Heiko. "Über 300 Gigs beim Eurosonic in Groningen" (in German). Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Eloy - The Vision, The Sword & The Pyre album review". Teamrock.com. 6 October 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Track By Track: Alice Merton on her debut EP". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b Cirisano, Tatiana (22 August 2017). "Alice Merton's Wanderlust Anthem 'No Roots' Heads to U.S. After Blowing Up in Europe". Billboard. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Artist You Need to Know: Alice Merton". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  7. ^ Lambert, Kirsten (18 April 2019). "On Mint, global citizen Alice Merton unpacks her nomadic lifestyle". Chicago Reader.
  8. ^ a b "Alice Merton: Always On The Move". Lemonade Magazine. 3 October 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  9. ^ Yeung, Neil (7 September 2018). "Why So Serious - Single". Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  10. ^ a b Mittelstraß, Ann-Kathrin (18 July 2017). "Kein Land der Welt ist meine Heimat" (in German). Bayerischer Rundfunk. Retrieved 9 December 2017. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  11. ^ a b Germany, hr3.de, Frankfurt (7 September 2017). "Wir stellen vor: Alice Merton | hr3.de | Musik". hr3.de (in German). Archived from the original on 24 October 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  12. ^ (info@swr3.de), Jörg Lange. "SWR3 New Pop Festival 2017: Alice Merton | SWR3". SWR3.de (in German). Archived from the original on 13 July 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  13. ^ a b Kent, Matthew (1 December 2016). "Singer-songwriter Alice Merton explores her nomadic past on "No Roots"". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Alice Merton, Sascha & Sebastian mit dem Hit "No Roots"". Bayern3.de (in German). Retrieved 3 January 2018.
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  16. ^ "Popakademie Baden-Württemberg" (in German). Popakademie Baden-Württemberg. Archived from the original on 10 December 2017. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
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  57. ^ "Deutsche Single Trend Charts - Category: Single". Deutsche Single Trend Charts. Archived from the original on 18 January 2019. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
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  59. ^ "Alice Merton Wants None Of Your "Funny Business"". Nylon. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
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  61. ^ "Alice Merton Returns With Supercharged 'Vertigo'". Rolling Stone. 8 April 2021. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  62. ^ "Jubilee Road by Tom Odell". iTunes (UK). Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  63. ^ "The Best (feat. Alice Merton) - Single by AWOLNATION on Apple Music". iTunes (UK). Retrieved 2 April 2021.

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