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Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan
Year Of Induction: 2012
Area Of Recognition: Music
Born: January 28, 1968
Birth Place: Halifax, NS

Sarah McLachlan was born on 28 January, 1968, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As a child, she took voice lessons and studied classical piano and guitar. When she was 17 years-old and still a student at Queen Elizabeth High School in Halifax, she fronted a short-lived rock band called The October Game. The band was offered a recording contract with Nettwerk Records, and though the deal fell through, McLachlan would sign as a solo artist with Nettwerk, two years later. This marked the start of her long and successful career as a musician.

Every one of Sarah McLachlan’s studio and live albums has been certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum. Her first two albums, Touch and Solace, were both gold sellers, which was then followed by the triple-platinum breakthrough album Fumbling Towards Ecstasy.

Sarah’s landmark fifth album, the 10X-platinum Surfacing, contained two Grammy Award-winning tracks: “Building a Mystery” won for Best Female Pop Vocal and “Last Dance” was voted Best Pop Instrumental. In 1998, the soundtrack for City of Angels reached Number One on the Billboard chart. Featuring the Sarah McLachlan track “Angel,” the City of Angels soundtrack achieved 4X platinum sales status.

The 1999 Lilith Fair tour gave rise to Sarah’s 4X-platinum album Mirrorball and its platinum long-form video counterpart. “I Will Remember You,” a track from Mirrorball, earned Sarah her third career Grammy Award, for Best Female Pop Vocal.

Afterglow, released in 2003, reached 2X-platinum status and received two Grammy Award nominations: Best Pop Vocal Album and (for the opening track “Fallen”) Best Female Pop Vocal.

In September 2004, Sarah McLachlan released the socially charged video "World On Fire," directed by Sophie Muller. It was a Grammy nominee for Best Short Form Music Video, and cost only $15 to make! The remainder of the $150,000 video budget was distributed among eleven charitable organizations around the world including CARE, Engineers Without Borders, Help The Aged, Warchild, and Heifer International.

Sarah McLachlan’s Afterglow tour opened March 12, 2005 in Wellington, New Zealand and continued with dates throughout Australia, Canada, and the US—including a May 24 concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden The tour concluded June 12, 2005 with a gala performance in Sarah’s hometown of Vancouver, BC.

In October 2006, Sarah released Wintersong, her first album of holiday-themed songs. Among the highlights of this twelve-song set: “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” by John Lennon & Yoko Ono, “Song For A Winter's Night” by Gordon Lightfoot, “River” by Joni Mitchell, and the all-time seasonal favorites “I'll Be Home For Christmas” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” Produced, engineered, and mixed by Pierre Marchand, the platinum-selling Wintersong reached No. 7 on the Billboard chart. The disc was nominated for both a Grammy Award (for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album) and a Juno Award (for Pop Album of the Year).

Sarah’s many cover songs and collaborations formed the repertoire for Rarities, B-Sides and Other Stuff Volume 2, released April 29, 2008. The album includes her soulful interpretations of the pop classic “Unchained Melody” and Lennon/McCartney’s “Blackbird” (from the I Am Sam soundtrack), as well as powerful live renditions of her own compositions “Angel” and The Perishers’ “Pills.” 

On October 7, 2008, the artist celebrated the 20th anniversary of her multi-platinum recording career with the release of Closer: The Best Of Sarah McLachlan. For the album, Sarah personally selected thirteen classic tracks from her award-winning catalog and also included two newly recorded and previously unreleased songs, “U Want Me 2” and “Don't Give Up On Us.” Closer entered the Billboard chart at No. 11, Sarah’s fifth album to reach the Billboard Top 15.

On June 15, 2010, the Grammy Award–winning singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan released Laws of Illusion. This was Sarah’s first studio album of new material in seven years, since the double–platinum Afterglow in 2003, and its twelve songs rank with the most compelling work ever created by this gifted artist.