The Story So Far
Since her signing with Arista Records nearly two decades ago, every one of Sarah McLachlan’s studio and live
albums has been certified gold, platinum, or multi-platinum by the RIAA. Touch (1988) and Solace (1991) were both
gold sellers. Her 1994 breakthrough, the 3X-platinum Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, was followed by the digitally
enhanced multimedia version of The Freedom Sessions (1995, gold).
“I remember being $400,000 in debt and thinking, halfway through that record (laughs), ‘Okay, the record
company is going to send me home because I’m just costing them so much money.’
“But I toured for 22 months on Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, going back over and over to all these cities.
And every time it would be, y’know, 100 people, then 300 people, then 600 people. It was just a gentle
growing thing—it didn’t happen overnight, and I’m so grateful that it wasn’t this big overnight success.”
Sarah’s landmark fifth album, the 10X-platinum Surfacing (1997), contained two Grammy Award-winning tracks:
“Building a Mystery” won for Best Female Pop Vocal and “Last Dance” was voted Best Pop Instrumental. In 1998, the
soundtrack for City of Angels, a film inspired by Wim Wenders’ modern classic Wings of Desire, reached Number
One on the Billboard chart. Featuring the Sarah McLachlan track “Angel,” the City of Angels soundtrack achieved 4X
platinum sales status.
The 1999 Lilith Fair tour gave rise to Sarah’s 4X-platinum album Mirrorball and its platinum long-form video
counterpart. “I Will Remember You,” a track from Mirrorball, earned Sarah her third career Grammy Award, for Best
Female Pop Vocal (1999).
“Up until that point, I had managed to live my career rather quietly. I wasn’t in the tabloids—I still am not
for the most part, thankfully. It was Lilith Fair that catapulted me into a different stratosphere as far as the
media frenzy and public knowledge.
“And really, at the time, it seemed like ‘Okay, this feels right, I can manage this now’—whereas if that had
happened six or seven years previous, I don’t think I would have been anywhere near ready. But because
I was able to live my career quietly and have small successes and get used to things in that way, I think I
was kind of ready for it.”