Songstress Tift Merritt was born in Houston, TX and grew up in Raleigh, NC, where she currently resides. Her father taught her guitar chords and Percy Sledge songs as a child. With her longtime band, she has built a unique and critically acclaimed body of work of sonic short stories and poignant performances. Merritt’s 2002 debut album Bramble Rose was highly successful, being named the year’s best debut in any genre (Associated Press) and finding spots on both Time Magazine and the New Yorker end of year Top 10 lists. Six albums have followed thus far, including Grammy and Americana award-nominated Tambourine (2004), the visceral works of See You On The Moon (2010) and Travelling Alone (2012) and most recently, Stitch of the World (2017), co-produced by Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam. The New Yorker has called Merritt "the bearer of a proud tradition of distaff country soul that reaches back to artists like Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry." Tift has earned acclaim over a Grammy-nominated career that includes 7 albums and whose songs have been covered by Don Henley, Miranda Lambert, and Mick Jagger.