Merchant Preps DVDs, Machaut Compilation Track

Although Natalie Merchant isn't presently at work on a new studio album, the artist is preparing several projects in various states of completion.

Although Natalie Merchant isn't presently at work on a new studio album, the artist is preparing several projects in various states of completion. According to her official Web site, first up will be a DVD of her 1998 performance on "VH1 Storytellers," due this spring via Image Entertainment.

A DVD stemming from her 1998 Elektra album, "Ophelia," is also in the works, which will feature a film of the same name Merchant created at the time, in which she portrays six different characters. "Warner Bros. has approached me about releasing my 'Ophelia' film on DVD bundled together with all my Elektra videos and various bits of archival footage (live and in the studio and interviews)," she says.

In addition, the artist is tipped to appear on album of music penned by 14th century French poet Guillaume de Machaut, to be released this spring by Deutsche Grammaphon. The project is the brainchild of New York-based arranger/composer Robert Sadin.

"Mr. Sadin has asked me to sing on the album, which will place these beautiful and haunting songs in contemporary settings with the help of such musicians as percussionist Hassan Hakmoun and the legendary Brazilian singer Milton Nascimento," Merchant says.

The artist's last studio album was 2003's "The House Carpenter's Daughter," a series of traditional and contemporary folks songs released on her own Myth America label.