For those Sarah McLachalan fans that have been listening to the same songs over and over waiting, just waiting for her to release something new, well your time has come. Come June 15th, her new album “The Laws of Illusion” will be released, just before another big event, the continuation of her famous Lilith Fair.
Sarah McLachlan, a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter, has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. McLachlan, born in 1968, took voice lessons along with classical piano and guitar growing up. Before finishing high school she was offered a recording contract with a Vancouver-based independent record label. Her parents insisted she finish high school and attend at least one year of college before signing, which she did.
McLachlan recorded her first album “Touch” in 1998 followed by “Solace” in 1991. “Solace” made her a star in Canada with singles “The Path of Thorns” and “Into The Fire”, both becoming certified double platinum. But it wasn’t until the 1993 release of “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy” that the world discovered who McLachlan was. The album scaled the charts in numerous countries. Her success was pushed even further forward with the 1997 album “Surfacing”, her best selling album to date. The album earned her two Grammy Awards and four Juno Awards. It has sold over 11 million copies worldwide.
Even with such success, McLachlan found herself frustrated over concert promoters and radio stations refusal two feature two female musicians in a row. From this stemmed the idea of “Lilith Fair”, where McLachlan booked herself and Paula Cole to appear together in Canada. Joining the women included performances by Lisa Loeb and Michelle McAdorey.
1997 proved to be a big year for McLachlan. Not only was her album “Surfacing” making it a success, Lilith Fair was garnering $16 million gross, making it the top grossing tour festival. The same year, her song “Angel”, inspired by a fatal overdose of Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboardest Jonathan Melvoin, became Billboard Charts number one song. The following year the song was featured in the film “City of Angels”. The soundtrack also remained on the Billboard’s top 40 albums.
Meanwhile Lilith Fair grew in success. Within three years it brought together over 2 million people and raised more than $7 million for charities. It also helped launch the careers of several well-known female artists. Artists known for their participation in Lilith Fair include the Indigo Girls, Sheryl Crow, Nelly Furtado, Queen Latifah, Emmylou Harris, and Christina Aguilera.The festival discontinued in 1999 but is also to be started back up this year.
McLachlan released “Mirrorball” in 1999. She recorded “When She Loved Me” for the Toy Story 2 soundtrack, a son that was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song. In 2001 she provided background vocals, guitar and piano on the closing track “Love Is” for Stevie Nicks’ solo album “Trouble In Shangri-La”
It wouldn’t be until 2003 that she would release another album, “Afterglow” as she spent time with her husband and new family. From the album came singles “Fallen”, “Stupid” and “World on Fire” that pushed the album into selling over 2,500,000 units in the U.S. alone. The album went two times platinum and worldwide sold more than 5 million copies.
What will 2010 bring for Sarah McLachlan. With the release of her new album and the start up of Lilith Fair, once again, it could be the beginning of another successful decade.
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