Sarah McLachlan was born 1968 in Halifax, Canada . Sarah McLachlan studied classical guitar, piano and voice as a child, and at the age of 17 was discovered by Nettwerk Records. She signed with them in in 1987 and began writing songs for her debut album "Touch" which was eventually released in 1988. "Touch" was a great success in Canada and McLachlan signed with the bigger label Arista in 1989
In 1991, she released "Solace", an impressive album with great songs such as "The Path of Thorns" and "Drawn to the Rhythm". With this album her reputation spread to US.
The release of "Solace" was followed by an exhaustive tour after which she traveled to Cambodia and Thailand for work on a Canadian-sponsored documentary on poverty and child prostitution. Finally back in Vancouver she began writing songs for her next album, "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy".
The new album was her strongest and most personal effort to date and it peaked in the U.S. charts at number 50 and by the end of 1994, it reached platinum status. "Possession," the single from the album, entered the Top 100, where it reached number 14.
In addition to her own albums, she contributed tracks to several cause-related releases, provided the theme for the film Brothers McMullen ("I Will Remember You"), and organized the Lilith Fair tour, a package tour focusing on emerging women singer/songwriters.
In 1997 she released her fourth album, the enormously successful "Surfacing", which went straight to number two on the pop albums chart. The album featured hits and live favourites such as "Building a Mystery", "Aidia" and "Sweet Surrender"
A terrific live-album "Mirrorball" was released in 1999.
Her most recent studioalbum "Afterflow" came in 2003.