- NAME: Sarah McLachlan
- OCCUPATION: Animal Rights Activist, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: January 28, 1968 (Age: 45)
- EDUCATION: Queen Elizabeth High School, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Full Name: Sarah Ann McLachlan
- AKA: Sarah McLachlan
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aquarius
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Founder of the female musician showcase Lilith Fair, Sarah McLachlan's emotional ballads include "I Will Remember You," "Sweet Surrender," "Adia" and "Angel."
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Folk-pop singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on January 28, 1968. Best known for her emotional ballads, McLachlan became internationally known with her 1993 album Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. In 1997, McLachlan founded the concert festival Lilith Fair, which was one of the highest-grossing concert tours of the year and helped launch the careers of several female artists.
Sarah Ann McLachlan was born on January 28, 1968, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Known for such folk-rock ballads as "I Will Remember You," "Building a Mystery" and "Angel," Sarah McLachlan has been a popular fixture on the music scene for decades. She is also one of the organizers behind the successful musical tour known as Lilith Fair.
The adopted daughter of a marine biologist, McLachlan chose music over science at an early age. She began singing around the age of 4, and spent her youth immersed in the study of voice, guitar, and piano. For a time, McLachlan played in a new wave band called October Game. She was only 17 years old when the group was offered a recording contract with Nettwerk Records. This deal fell through, but McLachlan signed with Nettwerk two years later as a solo artist.
In 1988, McLachlan released her first album, Touch, in her native Canada. She scored a hit with the song "Vox," an up-tempo yet mystical-sounding single that examined the end of a relationship. McLachlan then had a career breakthrough in the United States in 1994 with the album Fumbling Toward Ecstasy, which made it onto the contemporary charts. One of the album's most popular and haunting tracks, "Possession," was reportedly inspired by the singer's experience of being stalked by a fan.
With her next release, 1997's Surfacing, McLachlan enjoyed even greater success. It sold more than 7 million copies, buoyed by the popularity of such songs as "Building a Mystery," "Adia" and "Angel."
That same year, McLachlan co-founded Lilith Fair, a summer concert series that showcased the talents of female artists, including A-listers like Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, Paula Cole and the Indigo Girls. Along with promoting awareness about women's issues, the tour turned out to be a big success. Over three summers, Lilith Fair was attended by 2 million people and raised more than $10 million for charity. McLachlan revived the tour in 2010 but with mixed results.
In 1998, McLachlan won two Grammy Awards—for the instrumental "Last Dance" and the other for "Building a Mystery." She took home another Grammy Award the following year for the touching ballad "I Will Remember You," which was featured on the soundtrack on The Brothers McMullen.
While she continued to tour and to release live recordings and compilations, McLachlan did not put out another studio album until 2003, after she and husband Ashwin Sood welcomed their daughter, India. Her next album, Afterglow, reflected a greater maturity for McLachlan as an artist.
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