Fast Facts

  • Turned down her first record deal to continue her music studies, but later accepted the offer, leading to her 1988 debut, Touch, which went gold in Canada.
  • Traveled to Cambodia and Thailand in 1992 to work on a documentary about poverty and child prostitution.
  • The lyrics for her song "Possession" were inspired by experiences with a stalker.
  • The video for the 2004 song "World on Fire" (nominated for the Best Short Form Music Video Grammy) cost $15 to make, and the rest of the $150,000 budget went to 11 charitable organizations.
  • Her Lilith Fair concerts raised more than $7 million for charities and women's shelters.
  • Was appointed to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honor, in 2000.
  • Cofounded the Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach program, which provides free music lessons to inner-city children.


  • 2007, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Song: Nominee
  • 1997, Grammy — Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1997, Grammy — Best Pop Instrumental Performance: Winner
  • 1999, Grammy — Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Winner


  • Ashwin Sood — Husband (separated)
  • Ian McLachlan — Brother
  • Dorice McLachlan — Mother
  • India Ann Sushil Sood — Daughter
  • Taja Summer Sood — Daughter
  • Stewart McLachlan — Brother
  • Jack McLachlan — Father


  • Attended Nova Scotia School of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada


  • Birth Name: Sarah Ann McLachlan
  • Birth Place: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Musician

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