Sarah McLachlan has already won 10 Juno Awards, three Grammy Awards, and a Billboard Music Award. And she's received scores of other accolades, including honorary degrees from three universities, a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award.
Soon, Vancouver's golden-voiced singer-songwriter can add Canadian Music Hall of Fame member to the list.
Today, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced that she will be the 2017 inductee at this year's Junos, which will be broadcast on April 2.
“I’m so honoured to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame," McLachlan said in a news release. "This comes as a complete sweet surprise as I still feel like I’m just getting started. I’m truly blessed to be in such incredible company with all of the amazing past honourees.”
She will become the 50th member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, which includes Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Oscar Peterson, and k.d. lang.
“Sarah McLachlan is one of this country’s most beloved artists. From the moment we first heard her sing, nearly 30 years ago, we were captivated by the beauty of her voice and words,” CARAS and Juno Awards CEO Allan Reid stated. “She is a unique artist who is respected the world over, and she continues to inspire a new generation of artists. Sarah is a trailblazer for women in this industry, not only because of her music, but also because of her philanthropic endeavours and her belief in music education. We are honoured to welcome her into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.”
McLachlan was born and raised in Halifax and moved to Vancouver in the late 1980s, signing with Nettwerk Records.
Her fourth album, Surfacing, was a massive international success, going platinum eight times in the United States. The single "Building a Mystery" won a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance and "Last Dance" won Best Pop Instrumental Performance.
McLachlan's Lilith Fair tour in the late 1990s supported female artists and raised more than $7 million for women's charities.
She's also performed for countless charitable initiatives and her Sarah McLachlan School of Music provides free music education for at-risk children and youths.