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Merril Bainbridge (born 2 June 1968 in Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian pop music singer and songwriter. Her debut was in 1994 with the single, "Mouth", which peaked at number-one for six consecutive weeks in Australia and became a top five hit in the United States.
Bainbridge started performing when she was at the age of nine and her first performance was at a carnival and her sisters persuaded her into entering, because the prize was free carnival tickets. She came third and won twenty dollars worth of tickets. After six years of performing in a variety of bands in Australia, and doing backup vocal work in exchange for studio time, Bainbridge began a solo career under the tutelage of producer Siew. Bainbridge stated that she and Siew "really connected well, from a creative point. I liked the way he worked and I knew I had so much more to learn in that environment and that's how it started. That was the point where I started feeling a lot more confident as a singer and then wanting to dive more into the songwriting side." She also worked a day job before quitting to concentrate solely on music.