Peaches (musician)

Peaches on stage
Peaches in 2009
Background information
Birth nameMerrill Beth Nisker
Born (1966-11-11) November 11, 1966 (age 52)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, disc jockey, performance artist, actress, rapper
InstrumentsVocals, synthesizer, drum machine, guitar, keytar, laser harp, theremin, bass guitar
Years active1990–present
LabelsXL, Kitty-Yo, teenage USA
Associated actsChilly Gonzales, Feist, Mocky, JD Samson, Samantha Maloney, Radio Sloan, Iggy Pop, Mignon,

Merrill Beth Nisker (born 11 November 1966), better known by her stage name Peaches, is a Canadian electronic musician and performance artist.

Born in Ontario to a Jewish family, Peaches began her musical career in the 1990s as part of a folk trio, Mermaid Cafe. In 1995, she established a rock band, the Shit. That year she also released her first solo album, Fancypants Hoodlum. After moving to Berlin, Germany, she was signed to the Kitty-Yo label and released her second album, The Teaches of Peaches (2000).[1] Touring as the opening act for bands like Marilyn Manson and Queens of the Stone Age, she subsequently released her third album, Fatherfucker (2003).

Her songs have been featured in movies such as Mean Girls, Waiting..., Jackass Number Two, My Little Eye, Drive Angry, and Lost in Translation. Her music has also been featured on television shows such as Lost Girl, The L Word, Ugly Betty, South Park, Skam (TV series), The Handmaid’s Tale, 30 Rock, True Blood, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Letterkenny and has been used for the promotion of Dirt. Peaches performed guest vocals on Pink's album Try This, on the song "Oh My God"; on the Chicks on Speed album 99 Cents, on the song "We Don't Play Guitars"; on Christina Aguilera's 2010 album Bionic, on the song "My Girls" (which was produced and co-written with Le Tigre), and recently on Major Lazer's 2013 album Free the Universe on the song "Scare Me" featuring Timberlee.

Personal life

Born Merrill Beth Nisker in 1966 in Toronto, Ontario, she attended a private Jewish school. Nisker was a class clown, who "wasn't particularly smart. I was interested in creative performance stuff, but that turned out to be difficult for me because it was all so structured," she told Kitty Empire of The Observer.[2]

Her family was culturally Jewish, though they were not religious.[3] Her grandparents immigrated to Canada from Poland; her paternal grandparents were from Ukraine.[4] In an interview in URB magazine, she recounted how growing up she experienced antisemitism; on her walks home from school, students from a nearby Catholic school would throw stones at her and call her a "dirty Jew".[5] Peaches is bisexual.[6]

Other Languages
български: Пийчез
čeština: Peaches
Deutsch: Peaches
español: Peaches
Esperanto: Peaches
한국어: 피치스
italiano: Peaches
Nederlands: Peaches
português: Peaches
русский: Peaches
српски / srpski: Пичез
suomi: Peaches