Natalie originally wanted to become a teacher, but that changed when she met Robert Buck in 1981 and became the lead singer for 10,000 Maniacs. The band release eight albums together.Despite their commercial success, Natalie grew apart from the band and announced her departure in 1991. Determined to do things her way, Natalie wrote and produced the album "Tigerlily" (1995). The album sold over 5 million copies worldwide. She released "Ophelia" in 1998 and proved that musical integrity is more important than record sales. The album sold well, thanks to the hit "Kind and Generous". Natalie released "Live in Concert" in 1999. In November of 2001, Natalie released "Motherland" and has just wrapped up an almost year long tour. she recently released her latest album, Leave Your Sleep, in April. This is her first major tour in 7 years.