Tift Merritt is a Grammy-nominated songwriter who wanted to be a writer until her father taught her guitar chords and Percy Sledge songs. The New Yorker has called Tift Merritt “the bearer of a proud tradition of distaff country soul that reaches back to artists like Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry.” Emmylou Harris calls her a diamond in a coal mine. In her nearly twenty year career, she has released seven original albums and toured with bands as varied as Iron & Wine, Nick Lowe, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Gregg Allman.
Her television appearances include Austin City Limits and the Grand Ole Opry. NPR has featured her work on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, and Weekend Edition. The Washington Post writes, “Tift Merritt is working in the tradition of Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Leonard Cohen.” Don Henley, with help from Mick Jagger, kicks of his latest album with a cover of her song Bramble Rose. A regular contributor to the Oxford American, Tift writes and lives in North Carolina, with her young daughter.