Sarah McLachlan

(Sarah Ann McLachlan)

Sarah McLachlan
Sarah McLachlan
  • Born: January 28, 1968
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter

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Sarah Ann McLachlan, OC, OBC is a Canadian singer and songwriter known for her emotional ballads and mezzo-soprano vocal range. As of 2009 she had sold over 30 million albums worldwide. McLachlan's best-selling album to date is Surfacing, for which she won two Grammy Awards (out of four nominations) and four Juno Awards. In addition to her personal artistic efforts, she founded the Lilith Fair tour, which showcased female musicians on an unprecedented scale. The Lilith Fair concert tours took place from 1997 to 1999, and resumed in the summer of 2010. On May 6, 2014, she released her first album of original music in four years, titled Shine On.

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A big part of my love and passion for making music is playing it live. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Music, Chants & Rapps
And music has always been incredibly cathartic for me, whether it's writing my own stuff or singing other people's music; it's very freeing. Music, Chants & Rapps
Change and growth is so painful. But it's so necessary for us to evolve.
Coming to terms with the fact that my marriage was a failure was devastating and very difficult. Failure ;Families, Children & Parenting
Coming to terms with the fact that my marriage was a failure was devastating and very difficult. I blamed myself for a lot of things. It took me a very long time to get over it. Time ;Failure ;Families, Children & Parenting
Deadlines are meant to be broken. And I just keep breaking them.
For me, that's one of the best validations as an artist. To have a stranger come up to you and say that something you've created and put out there in the world has had some sort of impact on other people's lives.
Half the bloody world is going through a divorce; more than that are having children. All of us have parents who are dying or have died. It's just the life cycle. Life
Happiness is like a cloud, if you stare at it long enough, it evaporates. Happiness & Unhappiness
Having the opportunity to express myself through music has been extremely cathartic for me my entire life. Life ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I can look back over my earlier music, and it takes me back to the place I was emotionally. Music, Chants & Rapps
I didn't get hugely famous really quick. It was a slow, gradual process, so I was able to sort of grow into myself and figure out who I was and what I wanted without the glaring spotlight on me telling me who I was. Fame
I don't court paparazzi. I definitely don't like that part of it.
I don't like bad feelings gnawing away at me.
I don't tend to question things that much. If it feels right, I go for it.
I don't think about what other people want from me.
I feel like I really tapped into a pretty honest emotional place for myself as a lyricist. There's a broad spectrum of emotions.
I go out on the road for much longer than I probably should and lose more of myself than I should.
I have a full life: I have two amazing kids, I have great friends, great family. And right now, that's plenty for me to manage. A new relationship just seems like way too much work. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I have the ability, no matter what's going on in my life, to find something - my cup is always half full. Life
I kind of have a happy magnet. I can't stand being depressed, so I work my ass off to get out of it as soon as possible. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I like the idea that we build up these walls or rules or laws to maintain our reality, and when they fall away, you're left with a whole bunch of illusions.
I like the idea that we build up these walls or rules or laws to maintain our reality, and when they fall away, you're left with a whole bunch of illusions. Smoke and mirrors.
I play piano every day.
I sort of feel like music saved my life when I was young. This is the one thing that I knew I was good at. Life ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I spent a lot of years on the road, and what happens is you find out who your real friends are and you find out where your strengths and weaknesses lie in communication. I've had the same friends for 20 years now and I can count them on one hand.
I think a lot of contemplation happens in bathtubs. It does for me. Nothing like a hot bath to ease the tension and think about what's going to happen next.
I think I've become a much better singer and a much better player. Years and years of playing a couple of hours every day will do that.
I think often sadness is a great place to get songs from. Music, Chants & Rapps
I think sometimes all you need is to hear someone else say the same thing that you're going through to realize that you're not alone. I try to put some sense of hope into the songs, into whatever the situation is so that it's not just dirt, drudgery and a life of misery. Life ;Hope
I think... I'm perceived as an everyperson. There is no pedestal. I'm no different from anybody else.
I try so hard to live in the moment - I don't think ahead very much.
I was 17 years old and in my first band, and we played at the university. I was kind of a gawky, unpopular teenager and there was about 400 people smiling and dancing to what we were doing.
I was a pretty insecure kid, didn't have a lot of friends, and was picked on a lot, and music gave me confidence. Music, Chants & Rapps
I was put out there as a spokesperson for the new feminist revolution. It was very difficult because I was either too feminist or not feminist enough, depending on who you spoke to.
I was trying to uphold what I thought feminism was as best I could by supporting women, by trying to create an opportunity to get women to get together, play music together and celebrate the fact that we are having great success making music on our own and together. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Success
I was very awkward as a kid. I was a square trying to fit into a circle and it never worked for me. The harder I tried, the harder I fell. For some reason I was a real target and I got beat up and called names.
I would love to make my music and be completely anonymous, but that doesn't work. You can't have success and be faceless. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Success ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I write music all the time. When I talk about having writer's block, it's more to do with lyrics than anything else. Time ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I'd much rather be in the expanse of the wilderness because it feels like part of my world. It's a unique perspective. You're this tiny speck in a huge environment, and it's nice to be reminded of that.
If I had to pick one song for me that sort of quintessentially summed me up, it would be 'Angel.' Without fail, I absolutely love singing it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
If you love large, you've got to hurt large. If you've got a lot of light, you've probably got an equal amount of darkness. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I'll answer anything... I'm brutally honest, actually, which gets me in trouble.
I'll talk to any stranger about everything. I'm not guarded.
I'm a bit of a perfectionist, and I want to give 100 percent to everything.
I'm a great mummy. I've mapped out all the fun spots in every city.
I'm not a media darling. I'm not on the cover of all these magazines. I just quietly do my thing.
I'm not one to sit and wallow - I would rather figure out a way around so I can move past it and be at peace with things. I don't like bad feelings gnawing away at me. War & Peace
I'm not online. I'm not on Facebook much. I don't connect that way.
I'm really lucky that my record companies have been patient with me and leave me alone and give me the time to make it right in my mind. Time
In a sense, I'm always hearing music of some sort, whether it's people talking or surface noise or whatever, because there is no privacy. So when I'm by myself, I just kind of like to be and reflect, and I can't do that when I'm listening to music. Because it's someone else's reflections, not mine. Music, Chants & Rapps
It's a big challenge for me to keep my integrity and some of my privacy intact.
It's a very romantic sentiment, but to think that you would die if you didn't write, well, I would definitely choose to not write and live. Romantic
It's all kind of a big illusion: the white picket fence and the perfect marriage and the kids. Check that box off, check that box off, and move forward. Families, Children & Parenting
It's an amazing luxury to say I'm 31 years old and I'm gonna take a year off. That's pretty amazing.
I've always been incredibly lucky that the music that I make, other people like it. Music, Chants & Rapps
I've been a fan of old country music, like Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline. I think I'm drawn to it because of the sense of sadness and sort of loss that a lot of good old country music has. Music, Chants & Rapps
I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to go crazy. I don't party like I used to.
I've heard myself referred to as a quiet superstar, and I don't quite know what that means.
I've learned to trust myself, to listen to truth, to not be afraid of it and to not try and hide it. Truth ;Trust
I've never dieted in my life; I like food too much. I'm just thoughtful about what I eat, and I'm lucky that I love the taste of vegetables. I'm certainly not 'actress skinny,' and I never will be. I'm strong, and my body works great for me. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Music gave me a sense that I was worthwhile and that I had something of value to offer the world even though everybody was telling me that I didn't. Music, Chants & Rapps
Music is very nebulous, and you can conjure up a lot of moods with music. But lyrics - they're a lot more tangible. They're much more specific. And you want to say something meaningful and creative and artistic and that tells a story and that takes people someplace else. Music, Chants & Rapps
My music and my lyrics are essentially emotional postcards. Music, Chants & Rapps
Nothing outside of my child is important.
On becoming a mother, I sort of feel like every kid is my kid. I really do get that sense in a much more profound way that we all are a global community and we all have to band to try and give the children of our this generation whatever tools we can to go out into this world and try and make it a better place.
People's ignorance really pisses me off. Stupidity is when you can't help it -ignorance is when you choose not to understand something.
Running is very rhythmic, and I have written a lot of lyrics while out running. It's a very musical exercise, and sometimes I like to sing when I run. Your whole body is doing the same thing.
Surfing is my passion because I love being active on the water. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The darker and the sadder the song, the happier it makes me feel. It's just this, ah. I'm in the moment. I'm part of this beautiful world, and it's fantastic, and I don't really know how else to describe it.
The first gig we ever played was in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I'm from. I was in a band called the October Game, and we opened up for a Vancouver band.
The more we take the less we become, the fortune of one man means less for some.
There are women in every genre having a lot of success. Why not celebrate that? Women ;Success
There's beauty everywhere. There are amazing things happening everywhere, you just have to be able to open your eyes and witness it. Some days, that's harder than others.
There's no reason for anybody to jump out of bushes to take pictures of me. I'm not doing anything exciting.
There's nothing particularly unique about my experiences except that they're my experiences.
They are very personal, emotional songs - people react to them very strongly.
'Time after Time' is one of the best pop songs ever written, in my opinion. It's an incredible, beautiful, timeless song. Time
Time is a beautiful thing. It's like when you meet an old lover on the street six years later and they don't look so ugly anymore. Time
Trying to force creativity is never good. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Water is very forgiving. Everything lifts in water.
We are in an age of technology where we sit in our little cubicles and we IM each other and Skype each other and never connect as human beings. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
We showed the industry that female artists could attract the same audiences as the big male stars.
We try to create this interesting appearance to make ourselves feel better about ourselves.
When I say music saved me, I don't say that lightly. Music, Chants & Rapps
When I sing, it's just... comfort is a stupid word, but it is.
When you're making music or playing a song, I find the moments when there are no instruments being played even stronger than when they are being played. Because they add tension. It's also an ego-less thing - a place where you have no ego - when you're with a bunch of musicians who stop and listen instead. Music, Chants & Rapps
With every record I put out, I got a bit more success, a bigger following in cities I would play in, and occasionally a bit of radio play. Success

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