Merrill Beth Nisker, 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. Moving to Berlin, Germany, it was here that she was signed to the Kitty-Yo label and released her second album, The Teaches of Peaches in 2000. Touring as the opening act for bands like Marilyn Manson and Queens of the Stone Age, she subsequently released her third album, Fatherfucker in 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 various television shows. Peaches performed guest vocals on Pink’s album Try This, on Christina Aguilera’s 2010 album _Bionic and on Major Lazer’s 2013 album Free the Universe.
Gender identity is one theme of Peaches' music, often playing with traditional notions of gender roles representation. Her lyrics and live shows consciously blur the distinction between male and female; for example, she appears on the cover of her album_ Fatherfucker_ with a full beard.