Peaches, born Merrill Beth Nisker, is a singer, songwriter, musician, performance artist and filmmaker from Toronto and based in Berlin.
After being a member of different bands in the 1990s and releasing the solo album Fancypants Hoodlum under her birth name in 1995, Peaches adopted her artist name (borrowed from Nina Simone’s song “Four Women”) and released her breakthrough album The Teaches of Peaches in 2000. The album, which includes Peaches’ signature hit “F—k the Pain Away”, was an international critical and commercial success, establishing her reputation as an eclectic, boundary-pushing musician. Peaches’ idiosyncratic brand of electro music is distinguished by its sexually-infused lyrics and playful dismantling of conventions pertaining to gender and sexuality. Her irreverent approach to norms of sex and gender identity extends to her spectacular live performances, famous for their flamboyant costumes.
Peaches has since released four more albums. She also created and performed in the 2010 musical Peaches Christ Superstar, in collaboration with Berlin’s renowned Hebel am Ufer Theater, and forayed into filmmaking with the autobiographical rock opera Peaches Does Herself, which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival to great critical acclaim.