It's impolite to reveal a lady's age, but Sarah McLachlan is a progressive woman, so she'll probably feel OK about turning 42 years old today. The Canadian singer-songwriter has carved out an impressive career building ethereal tunes that borrow from rock, folk, straight pop and worldwide rhythmic influences.
Though her 1997 album Surfacing sold over eight million copies and spawned the hits "Angel," "Adia" and "Building a Mystery," McLachlan's calling card is probably Lilith Fair, the traveling summer festival she created in 1997 as a way to showcase female musicians. The original Lilith Fair — which featured huge names like Jewel, Fiona Apple, Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, Laryn Hill and the Dixie Chicks — ran for three years at the tail end of the '90s, only to go into hibernation when the concert world shifted more to European-style multi-day destination festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo. But Lilith Fair will make its triumphant return this summer, with McLachlan again at the helm. The new festival will feature an eclectic mix of superstars, including Mary J. Blige, Miranda Lambert, Ke$ha, Erykah Badu and Colbie Caillat.
In addition to the new Lilith Fair, McLachlan has been busy working on a new album and also cut a new song — called "One Dream" — that will serve as a theme song to the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver (the same city McLachlan calls home). It's a sweet tune, though it pales in comparison to the signature entry in McLachlan's catalog. Since "I Will Remember You" was released in 1995, it has scored countless graduation videos, memorials for fallen friends and season finale montages on teen television dramas (that means you, "Dawson's Creek"). It's overtly sentimental, but it's also a gorgeous melody.