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Sarah McLachlan Biography

Birth Name:
Sarah Ann McLachlan
Birth Place:
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Singer-songwriter, musician

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


  • 2007Critics' Choice Awards-Best Song: nominated


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