Sarah McLachlan is a Canadian singer and songwriter who is known for her emotional ballads and mezzo-soprano vocal range. Since 1988, she has sold over 40 million albums worldwide. Her best-selling album is Surfacing, for which she won two Grammy Awards and four Juno Awards. Also, she founded the Lilith Fair tour, which showcased female musicians. The Lilith Fair concert tours took place from 1997 to 1999, and resumed in the summer of 2010.
As a child, Sarah McLachlan took voice lessons, along with studies in classical piano and guitar. At the age of 17, she fronted a short-lived rock band called The October Game. Following the group's first concert at Dalhousie University, McLachlan was offered a recording contract with Vancouver-based independent record label Nettwerk. Her parents insisted she finish high school and complete one year of studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design before moving to Vancouver and embarking on a new life as a recording artist. She signed to Nettwerk two years later before having written a single song.
In 1994, McLachlan became the target of a lawsuit, when she was sued by Uwe Vandrei, an obsessed fan from Ottawa, who alleged that his letters to her had been the basis of the single "Possession". The lawsuit was also challenging for the Canadian legal system as Vandrei was a self-admitted stalker whose self-acknowledged goal in filing the lawsuit was to be near McLachlan physically. Consequently, special precautions were planned to ensure McLachlan's safety if at any time she had to be in the same location as Vandrei. The lawsuit never came to trial, however, as Vandrei was found dead in an apparent suicide before the trial began.