On Tuesday, Sept. 25th, the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) audience for An Evening with Sarah McLachlan was simply dazzled by multi-platinum and GRAMMY Award-winner Sarah McLachlan. Originally born on Jan. 28, 1968 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, McLachlan quickly rose to international success.
I was first introduced to Sarah McLachlan when a friend of mine shared her copy of Touch (1988) with me. With songs such as “Out of the Shadows,” “Strange World,” and “Vox,” McLachlan quick rose to the top of my playlist. Her music was thought provoking and sophisticated. She had a level of maturity that far exceeded her tender youthful age of 19.
McLachlan didn’t fall into the usual sophomore slump when three years later she released the album Solace (1991), earning her a U.S. Gold Album. However it was her 1993 album, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, which catapulted McLachlan into stardom. Fumbling Towards Ecstasy is one of the few albums that I can listen to start-to-finish and press repeat. The two songs that most people remember best are “Possession” and “Ice Cream.”
McLachlan’s landmark fifth album Surfacing (1997) reached U.S. 10x Platinum. McLachlan not only dominated the air waves but also the playlist of teenagers growing up in the 1990s. That same year, McLachlan also won four Juno Awards, including Album of the Year, a GRAMMY for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Building a Mystery” and a GRAMMY for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Last Dance.”
McLachlan is not just your typical pop, singer-songwriter. She is also an activist supporting women’s rights, music education, animal rights, and numerous other causes. In 1997, she founded the Lilith Fair tour, showcasing female musicians including likeminded artists such as the Indigo Girls, Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, and Paula Cole.
Lilith Fair raised over $7 million for local and national charities over its three years. In 2002, McLachlan founded her nonprofit organization, the Sarah McLachlan School of Music. The school provides free afterschool music education for at-risk and underserved kids who otherwise would have no access to music programming.
McLachlan has an impressive discography, including nine studio albums, three live albums, seven compilations, three remixes, three EPs, and 53 singles. One of her most popular singles is “Angel,” which can still be heard on ASPCA commercials.
Last night, Sarah McLachlan played many of her classic mellow songs, opening the night with one of my personal favorites: “Possession” from the album Fumbling Towards Ecstasy In her DPAC performance, McLachlan performed fan favorites mostly from Fumbling Towards Ecstasy and Surfacing. She entertained in between numbers with funny personal stories and shared some inspirations behind the songs.
There are few artists who achieve such success, transcend multiple decades, and consistently wow their audience. Sarah McLachlan continues to wow her audiences.
AN EVENING WITH SARAH McLACHLAN (Durham Performing Arts Center, Sept 25 in Durham, NC, in the American Tobacco Historic District). SHOW: https://www.facebook.com/events/1951924818386330/. DPAC NEWS RELEASE: https://www.dpacnc.com/news/detail/sarah-mclachlan-to-perform-on-september-25-2018. THE TOUR: http://www.sarahmclachlan.com/events/. PRESENTER/VENUE: http://www.dpacnc.com/, https://www.facebook.com/DPACNC, https://twitter.com/DPAC, and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durham_Performing_Arts_Center. OTHER LINKS: Sarah McLachlan (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada-born singer-songwriter): http://www.sarahmclachlan.com/home/ (official website), https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005214/ (Internet Movie Database), https://www.facebook.com/sarahmclachlan (Facebook page), https://twitter.com/SarahMcLachlan (Twitter page), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_McLachlan (Wikipedia), and https://www.youtube.com/user/sarahmclachlan (YouTube).
Shannon Plummer-White is no stranger to the stage! She studied Musical Theater & Opera at the American Musical Dramatic Academy in New York City, and has appeared in films such as Iron Man 3 and Safe Haven. She has also performed with the North Carolina Master Chorale and the North Carolina Symphony. When she isn’t on stage or making magic behind the scenes, she can be found in the art studio playing with fire and molten glass. She is an animal advocate with a special love of cats. She has four rescued fur children and a very supportive husband. Click here to read her reviews for Triangle Review and Triangle Arts and Entertainment.