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Merril Bainbridge

Merril Bainbridge (born June 2, 1968) is an Australian pop singer based in Melbourne.

She is best remembered for her 1994 hit “Mouth”, from her 1996 album The Garden, (universal records) which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. She was signed to Gotham Records in Australia where ‘Mouth’ was a top 10 hit in early 1995. Merril’s second album ‘Between the Days’ was released in 1998 and featured another Australian hit ‘Lonely’. She also performed a cover of Sonny & Cher’s ‘I Got You Babe’ as a duet with Shaggy.

Merril Bainbridge attempted a comeback in Australia in 2003 with the new single “Girl Next Door”, but the song failed to enter the Australian charts.

While Bainbridge was completing her first international tour, she started writing the album Between the Days which she refers to it being a place she found herself when she was working on the album . The first single released from the album was "Lonely" which received wide radio airplay on FOX FM upon its release but only managed a peak at forty in Australia , number eighteen on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart and number twenty-five in Japan. Later that year, she released a cover of "I Got You Babe" featuring a small contribution from Shaggy (which appeared on the soundtrack for the movie Welcome to Woop Woop), the song only reached number sixty-two in Australia. Two more songs were released from the album "Between the Days" and "Walk on Fire" but both failed to chart.
In 1999 Bainbridge participated in John Farnham's "I Can't Believe He's 50" tour with Kate Ceberano, Ross Wilson, James Reyne, Human Nature, and Nana-Zhami, she covered Farnham's tracks "Burn for You" and "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head".
In 1999 Merril Bainbridge recorded "Sydney from a 747", a song written and previously recorded by fellow antipodean Paul Kelly. The track appeared on the soundtrack of an IMAX film entitled "Sydney - A Story of a City" and was released as part of an official music compilation for the Sydney 2000 Olympic games entitled "Olympic Record" (WEA Australia, 2000). This album is currently out of print.
In 2000 Bainbridge recorded a song named "Friends" for the Australian film The Magic Pudding which is featured on its soundtrack. Bainbridge attempted a comeback in 2003 with the song "Girl Next Door" and an album which was untitled but the song failed to chart and so the album got shelved. She is often mentioned in "Where Are They Now?" lists on television. She has been working backstage as a composer for other Australian pop artists.

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