"Tift Merritt" (born January 8, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter. Born in Houston, Texas, Merritt moved to North Carolina at a young age.
Merritt began her career playing small clubs in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1999 she released a 7-song EP with the Two Dollar Pistols, led by John Howie, Jr. The EP was very much a country music compiliation as it featured two original songs and five covers including Charley Pride's "I'm So Afraid of Losing You Again."
In 2002, Merritt released her debut album ''Bramble Rose'' to wide critical acclaim, including selection by Time magazine as one of the top 10 CDs of the year. ''The Times'' called it "the best release by a new artist, in any genre". While this first release was a country affair, her follow-up release, 2005’s ''Tambourine'', took her in more of a rock/soul direction. The album was produced by famed roots rock producer George Drakoulias and featured backing by Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell (of the Heartbreakers) and Don Heffington (of Emmylou Harris's Hot Band and Lone Justice). ''Tambourine'' was honored with a 2004 Country Album of the Year Grammy nomination.