Alice Merton (born 13 September 1993) is a German-born Irish-Canadian singer and songwriter. Merton achieved mainstream success with her debut single, "No Roots".
2015–2017: The Book of Nature, No Roots, and mainstream success
Merton first drew major attention in 2015 as a songwriter and singer on Fahrenhaidt's album The Book of Nature. On 14 November 2016 while in Hamburg, she won the annual award for the promotion of talented newcomers in the category Acoustic Pop.
After moving to Berlin, Alice 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." 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.
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. Alice signed with Mom + Pop Music in August 2017 for marketing within the United States, 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 In late 2017 she won the 2018 European Border Breakers Award.
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. 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.
On 1 February 2019, Merton released the first part of the Making of Mint documentary and announced an April 2019 USA concert tour.
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: upcoming studio album
On 8 April 2021, Merton released "Vertigo". On 9 September, she released "Hero", both of which are from her untitled upcoming second studio album.