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Sarah McLachlan Biography

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Born: 1968/01/28
Birth Place: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Years Active: 1988–present
Genres: Pop, Adult Contemporary

Sarah Ann McLachlan, OC, OBC (born January 28, 1968) is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter. Known for her emotional ballads and mezzo-soprano vocal range, as of 2006, she has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. In addition to her personal artistic efforts, she founded the Lilith Fair tour, which showcased female musicians. The Lilith Fair concert tours took place from 1997 to 1999, and in the summer of 2010.

She recorded her debut album, “Touch,” in 1988, which received both critical and commercial success and included the hit song “Vox.” Her 1991 album, “Solace,” was her mainstream breakthrough in Canada, spawning the hit singles “The Path of Thorns (Terms)” and “Into the Fire.” 1993's “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy” was an immediate hit in Canada.

Following the success from “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy,” McLachlan returned in 1997 with “Surfacing,” her best-selling album to date. It reached #2 on the Billboards 200 Albums chart. Earning two Grammy Awards, the album has since sold over 11 million copies worldwide and brought her much international success. Her song “Angel,” which was inspired by the fatal overdose of Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin, made sales skyrocket. In spring 1998, the motion picture “City of Angels” featured “Angel.”

In 1998, in addition to performing her own set, she performed a cover of “Sad Lisa” with rock band Phish at the annual Bridge School Benefit concert in California, hosted by Neil Young, after which McLachlan began an extended period away from recording or touring.

Six years elapsed between the release of “Surfacing” and that of her next studio album, 2003’s “Afterglow.” The album, which again peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200, contained the singles “Fallen,” “Stupid” and “World On Fire.”

In October 2006, McLachlan released a Christmas album called “Wintersong.” “Wintersong” debuted at #42 on the Billboard 200 and peaked at #7. Worldwide the album has sold 1.1 million copies to date. “Wintersong” was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category.

McLachlan's first studio album of original material in seven years, “Laws of Illusion,” was released in 2010. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200.