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In 2010, Sarah McLachlan – one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of her generation – released Laws of Illusion, her first studio album of new original material in seven years. During that time, McLachlan has married, separated, and began raising two young daughters. These crucial life experiences have enriched her artistry and infused her new songs with the full range and complexity of adult emotions, examining the strength of hard-earned independence; the trials of love won, lost, and found anew; and the joys of living.

In 2008, McLachlan celebrated the 20th anniversary of her multi-platinum recording career with the release of Closer: The Best Of Sarah McLachlan. The artist's first career anthology, Closer contains 13 classic tracks personally selected by McLachlan from her catalogue, as well as two newly-recorded, previously unreleased songs.

Every one of Sarah McLachlan's studio and live albums and videos has been certified gold (500,000 sales), platinum (one million sales), or multi-platinum (several million sales) by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Touch (1988) and Solace (1991) were both gold sellers. Her 1994 breakthrough, the three-times-platinum Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, was followed by the digitally enhanced multimedia version of The Freedom Sessions (1995).

McLachlan's landmark fifth album, the 10-times-platinum Surfacing (1997), 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 of the Wim Wenders film City of Angels reached Number One on the Billboard chart. Featuring the Sarah McLachlan track "Angel," the City of Angels soundtrack achieved four-times-platinum sales status.

The 1999 Lilith Fair all-women tour gave rise to Sarah's four-times-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 (1999). Afterglow, released in 2003, reached two-times-platinum status and received two Grammy Award nominations: Best Pop Vocal Album and (for the song "Fallen") Best Female Pop Vocal.

In October 2006, McLachlan released Wintersong, her first album of holiday-themed songs, including covers of John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" and Joni Mitchell's "River." Wintersong reached No. 7 on the Billboard chart, and the album was nominated for both a Grammy Award (for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album) and a Juno Award (for Pop Album of the Year).

McLachlan's many cover songs and collaborations formed the repertoire for Rarities, B-Sides and Other Stuff, Volume 2, released in 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 "Pills."

Performances/news this month
July 15-16 - Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl
July 17 - Saratoga, California, Mountain Winery
July 19-20 - Woodinville, Washington, Chateau St. Michel Winery
August 5 - Vancouver, MusicFest Vancouver, Orpheum Theatre


Laws of Illusion (2010)
Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan (2008)
Rarities, B-Sides and Other Stuff, Volume 2 (2008)
Wintersong (2006)
Afterglow (2003)
Mirrorball (1999)
Surfacing (1997),
The Freedom Sessions (1995).
Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (1994)
Solace (1991)
Touch (1988)

SOCAN Connection
* Member since 1988
* SOCAN William Harold Moon Award, 1998
* Cover of Words + Music, Winter 2003 issue
* Nine SOCAN Classic Song Awards, 2010