Sarah McLachlan Biography
Sarah McLachlan was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia CANADA, on January 28, 1968; she was instantly drawn to music as a child and honed her skill by studying voice, classical piano and guitar. At the age of 17 McLachlan was discovered by Nettwerk Records while leading a New Wave band. With her reluctant parents asking her to focus on school, McLachlan waited two years before signing with the Vancouver-based label.
At just 20 years old she debuted with her first album, "Touch", which was later certified platinum in her homeland and achieved gold status in U.S. after the CD reached #132 on The Billboard 200.
McLachlan second release, "Solace", came out after an extensive tour in June 1991 and received much attention. The lead single, "Into The Fire", made an extraordinary chart debut in U.S. crashing in at #4 on The Modern Rock Tracks.
With two successful albums under her belt, the Canadian singer + songwriter began penning the lyrics for "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" which was released in October 1993. An immediate hit in Canada, it became her breakthrough in the States making it a RIAA certified triple-platinum. The CD contained two radio hits: "Good Enough" peaked at #16 on The Modern Rock list and "Possession" hit #4 on the same chart.
Recorded late-night and live, the critically-acclaimed 1995's "The Freedom Sessions" included some early version tracks from the previous album plus a cover of Tom Waits's "Ol' 55". The set debuted at #78 on The Billboard 200.
Sarah McLachlan's fourth studio album, "Surfacing", was released in July 1997 and would become her best-selling to date. It opened at #1 in Canada and peaked at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 listing going eight times platinum. Around the same time a series of singles climbed the Billboard's chart: "Building A Mystery" hit #3 on The Modern Rock Tracks, "Sweet Surrender" grabbed a #14 spot on the same chart, "Adia" achieved a career-best peak of #3 on The Billboard Hot 100 and the final single also charted within the top 5 of the U.S. Hot 100.
The 1997 album was awarded with a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance for "Building A Mystery" and another for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "Last Dance". "Surfacing" also provided McLachlan with four Juno Awards in her native Canada.
In the summer of 1999 McLachlan released "Mirrorball" featuring live performances of hit songs from her previous two albums which shot to #3 on The Billboard 200 and went on to sell over 3 million copies stateside alone; the CD spawned a U.S. top 20 smash, "I Will Remember You", the single was originally released in 1995 for the soundtrack of the film "Brothers McMullen". This single earned her a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Returning to the studio, Sarah McLachlan burst back into the spotlight with "Afterglow"; released in November 2003, it debuted at #1 on the Top Canadian Albums chart and at #2 on The Billboard 200, but the lead single, "Fallen", failed to make the top 40, stopping just short at #41 on The Billboard Hot 100.
Changing directions in 2006, the artist released her first Christmas album "Wintersong".
Two years later followed a best-of compilation, "Closer", featuring two new songs.
In June 2010, McLachlan released her first studio album of all original material for the first time in nearly seven years titled "Laws Of Illusion". Despite a top 3 debut on the American charts, the disc was not successful in terms of sales and failed to produce a hit single.
After a four-year hiatus, Sarah McLachlan has released the first single, a feel-good song titled "In Your Shoes", from her album "Shine On" which is expected to drop on May 6, 2014.