Sarah McLachlan is singer-songwriter who built an amazing career by using her haunting voice to sing her complex and emotional compositions. The Canadian songstress has sold more than 40 million albums and thousands of Sarah McLachlan tickets. Her most popular singles are “I Will Remember You” (1995), “Building a Mystery” (1997), and “Sweet Surrender” (1998).
Her bestselling album is 1997’s Surfacing. It has sold more than eight million copies and earned the singer two Grammy Awards. Her 1993 opus, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, has sold more than three million copies.
McLachlan is also known as founder of the “Lilith Fair” tour. Lilith Fair was a traveling music festival that spotlighted female acts. In 1997, the first year of the tour, McLachlan’s creation grossed more than $16 million making it the top grossing festival tour of the year.
McLachlan founded the tour after growing frustrated over radio stations refusals to play two female artists in a row and concert promoters failures to featured more than one female act on a single marquee. Lilith Fair was discontinued after its 1999 run due to a lack of interest. It returned in 2010 but that too was plagued by low ticket sales.
In 1994, McLachlan was involved in a disturbing and landmark stalking case. She was sued by Uwe Vandrei who claimed his correspondences were responsible for her song “Possession.” Vandrei was an admitted stalker and freely acknowledged that he sued McLachlan just so he could be near her. While safety precautions were planned, Vandrei apparently “committed suicide” before the trail began.
McLachlan was born Jan. 28, 1968. Growing up she took voice lessons and studied the piano and guitar. When she was in high school she fronted a band called The October Game. One of their songs, ‘Grind,” can be found on the compilation albums Out of the Fog and Out of the Fog Too. In her high school yearbook, McLachlan received the honorific “destined to become a famous rock star.”