Michael Steven Bublé is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer. His first album reached the top ten in Canada and the UK, he found a worldwide audience with his 2005 album It's Time as well as his 2007 album Call Me Irresponsible – which reached number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, the UK Albums Chart, the US Billboard 200, the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and several European charts. Bublé's 2009 album Crazy Love debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 after three days of sales, remained there for two weeks, it was his fourth number one album on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart. His 2011 holiday album, was in first place on the Billboard 200 for the final four weeks of 2011 and the first week of 2012, totalling five weeks atop the chart, it made the top 5 in the United Kingdom. With this, Christmas became his third-consecutive number-one album on the chart. To Be Loved was released in April 2013. Bublé has sold over 75 million records worldwide, he has won numerous awards, including multiple Juno Awards.
Michael Steven Bublé was born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, on September 9, 1975, to Lewis Bublé, a salmon fisherman, Amber. He has two younger sisters, Brandee, a children's book author, Crystal, an actress; the siblings were raised in the Roman Catholic faith. He attended Cariboo Hill Secondary School. Bublé is a Croatian last name from the town of Trogir, his paternal grandfather Frank was a native of Croatia. Frank's paternal grandmother was a Radoslavić, his own mother a Galović. According to an Oprah Winfrey interview on October 9, 2009, Bublé dreamed of becoming a famous singer from the age of two; when he was a teenager, he prayed to become a singer. His interest in jazz began around age five when his family played Bing Crosby's White Christmas album; the first time his family noticed his singing talent was at Christmas time when Bublé was 13 years old, they heard him powerfully sing the phrase "May your days be merry and bright" when the family was singing to the song "White Christmas" on a car ride.
Bublé had a strong passion for ice hockey and wanted to become a professional hockey player for the Vancouver Canucks growing up, but he believed he was not good enough. "I wanted so bad to be a hockey player... If I was any good at hockey, I wouldn't be singing right now." He played hockey in his youth, watched Vancouver Canucks games with his father, said that he "went to every single home game as a kid... I remember I wanted to be Gary Lupul, I wanted to be Ivan Hlinka. I used to think that being named Michael Bublé was pretty cool because I was close to being called Jiri Bubla." Bublé shared his hockey interest with his grandfather. From the age of 14, Bublé spent six years working during the summer as a commercial fisherman with his father and crewmates, he called the experience "the most deadly physical work I'll know in my lifetime. We'd be gone for two, sometimes three months at a time and the experience of living and working among guys over twice my age taught me a lot about responsibility and what it means to be a man."His first singing engagements were in nightclubs at the age of 16 and were facilitated by his Italian grandfather, Demetrio Santagà, a plumber from Preganziol, Treviso who offered his plumbing services in exchange for stage time for his grandson.
Bublé's grandfather paid for his singing lessons. Both his voice teacher, Sandi Siemens, his maternal grandfather never stopped believing that he would become a star. Bublé's maternal grandmother, was Italian, from Carrufo, L'Aquila; as a child entertainer he used the name "Mickey Bubbles". Bublé grew up listening to his grandfather's collection of jazz records and credits his grandfather in encouraging his love for jazz music. "My grandfather was my best friend growing up. He was the one who opened me up to a whole world of music that seemed to have been passed over by my generation. Although I like rock and roll and modern music, the first time my granddad played me the Mills Brothers, something magical happened; the lyrics were so romantic, so real. It was like seeing my future flash before me. I wanted to be a singer and I knew that this was the music that I wanted to sing."Bublé never stopped believing he would become a star but admitted he was the only one who believed in his dream, stating that his maternal grandfather thought Bublé was going to be "an opening act for somebody in Las Vegas".
He stated he never learned to read and write music, using only emotion to drive his songwriting ability. At the age of 18, Bublé entered a local talent contest and won, but he was disqualified by organizer Bev Delich for being underage. Delich entered him in the Canadian Youth Talent Search. After Bublé won that contest, he asked Delich to be his manager. Delich represented him for the next seven years, during which Bublé worked diligently at any job that came along: clubs, cruise ships, hotel lounges, shopping malls, talent shows. In 1996, Bublé appeared in TV's Death Game as a Drome Groupie. In 1996, he appeared in two episodes of The X-Files as a member of a submarine crew, his first national TV performance was on a 1997 award-winning Bravo! Documentary titled Big Band Boom!, directed by Mark Glover Masterson. Beginning in 1997, he became a frequent guest on Vicki Gabereau's national talk show on the CTV network. During its first season, the Vancouver-based program aired live, which worked in Bublé's favour.
When a scheduled guest was forced to cancel, the show's music producer asked Bublé to fill in at the last minu
Nelly Kim Furtado ComIH is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Furtado first gained fame with her debut album, Nelly!, a critical and commercial success that spawned two top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, "I'm Like a Bird" and "Turn Off the Light". The first of the two singles won her a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. In 2003, she released her second album, preceded by the lead single, "Powerless". Furtado's third album, became her best selling album with 12 million copies sold worldwide; the album spawned four successful number one singles. She released her first Spanish language album, Mi Plan, in 2009, which won her a Latin Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album. In 2012, Furtado released The Spirit Indestructible. In 2017, Furtado released her sixth album, titled The Ride. Furtado has sold over 40 million records worldwide, making her one of the most successful Canadian artists, she has won several awards throughout her career, including one Grammy Award from seven nominations, one Latin Grammy Award, ten Juno Awards, one BRIT Award, one Billboard Music Award, one MTV Europe Music Award, one World Music Award, three Much Music Video Awards.
Furtado has a star on Canada's Walk of Fame and was awarded Commander of the Order of Prince Henry on 28 February 2014, in Toronto by Aníbal Cavaco Silva, the former President of Portugal. Furtado was born on 2 December 1978, in British Columbia, Canada, her Portuguese parents, António José Furtado and Maria Manuela Furtado, were born on São Miguel Island in the Azores and had immigrated to Canada in the late 1960s. Nelly was named after Soviet gymnast Nellie Kim, her siblings are Lisa Anne. They were raised Roman Catholic. At age four, she began singing in Portuguese. Furtado's first public performance was when she sang a duet with her mother at a church on Portugal Day, she began playing musical instruments at the age of nine, learning the trombone, ukulele and, in years, the guitar and keyboards. At the age of 12, she began writing songs, as a teenager, she performed in a Portuguese marching band. Furtado has acknowledged her family as the source of her strong work ethic. During a visit with her sister Lisa Anne in Toronto in mid-1995, Furtado met Tallis Newkirk, member of the hip hop group Plains of Fascination.
She contributed vocals to their 1996 album, Join the Ranks, on the track "Waitin' 4 the Streets". After graduating from Mount Douglas Secondary School in 1996, she moved to Toronto to reside with her sister Lisa Anne; the following year, she formed a trip hop duo with Newkirk. Furtado felt the trip hop style of the duo was "too segregated", believed it did not represent her personality or allow her to showcase her vocal ability, she planned to move back home. In 1997, she performed at the Honey Jam talent show, her performance attracted the attention of The Philosopher Kings singer Gerald Eaton, who approached her to write with him. He and fellow Kings member Brian West helped, she returned again to record more material with Eaton and West. The material recorded during these sessions was shopped to record companies by her attorney Chris Taylor and led to her 1999 record deal with DreamWorks Records, signed by A&R executive Beth Halper, partner of Garbage drummer and record producer Butch Vig. Furtado's first single, "Party's Just Begun", was released that year on the Brokedown Palace: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
Furtado continued the collaboration with Eaton and West, who co-produced her debut album, Nelly!, released in October 2000. The album was an international success, supported by three international singles: "I'm Like a Bird", "Turn Off the Light", "... On the Radio", it received four Grammy nominations in 2002, her debut single won for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Furtado's work was critically acclaimed for her innovative mixture of various genres and sounds. Slant Magazine called the album "a delightful and refreshing antidote to the army of'pop princesses' and rap-metal bands that had taken over popular music at the turn of the millennium"; the sound of the album was influenced by musicians who had traversed cultures and "the challenge of making heartfelt, emotional music that's upbeat and hopeful". According to Maclean's magazine, Nelly! had sold six million copies worldwide as of August 2006. Portions of the song "Scared of You" are in Portuguese, while "Onde Estás" is in Portuguese, reflecting Furtado's Portuguese heritage.
Following the release of the album, Furtado headlined the "Burn in the Spotlight Tour" and appeared on Moby's Area:One tour. In 2002, Furtado appeared on the song "Thin Line", on underground hip hop group Jurassic 5's album Power in Numbers; the same year, Furtado provided her vocals to the Paul Oakenfold song "The Harder They Come" from the album Bunkka. She had a collaboration with Colombian artist Juanes in the song "Fotografía", where she showed her diversity of yet another language, Spanish. Furtado was featured in "Breath" from Swollen Members' Monsters in the Closet release. In 2002, Furtado was the recipient of an International Achievement Award at the SOCAN Awards in Toronto for her song "I'm Like
Juno Fan Choice Award
The Juno Fan Choice Award is an annual Juno Award presented since 2003 by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to the favourite artist or group of the year as voted by Canadian music fans. This is the only award; the nominees in the category are determined by sales, the winner is chosen from among these nominees by an online vote open to the general public. From 2003 to 2011, the list of nominees was limited to five artists or groups, but it was expanded to ten in 2012; the artists with the most winnings in the category are Justin Bieber with 5 awards and Michael Bublé with 3 awards followed by Avril Lavigne and Shawn Mendes with 2 awards. Nickelback have received the most nominations, with nine total. Official JUNO Fan Choice Award website Official JUNO Awards website
Nickelback is a Canadian rock band formed in 1995 in Hanna, Canada. The band is composed of guitarist and lead vocalist Chad Kroeger, guitarist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger, drummer Daniel Adair; the band went through several drummer changes between 1995 and 2005, achieving its current lineup when Adair replaced drummer Ryan Vikedal. Nickelback is one of the most commercially successful Canadian rock bands, having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. In 2009, Billboard ranked them the most successful rock group of that decade, they were listed number seven on the Billboard top artist of the decade, with four albums listed on the Billboard top albums of the decade. The band signed with Roadrunner Records in 1999 and re-released their once-independent album The State; the band achieved significant commercial success with this album, as well as with its follow-up, Silver Side Up, in 2001. Following the release of Silver Side Up the band released their biggest and most well-known hit today, "How You Remind Me", which peaked number 1 on both the Billboard and Canadian Singles Charts.
The band's fourth album The Long Road, was released in 2003 and spawned five singles including Canadian number one "Someday", which peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Afterwards, the band put out their biggest-selling album to date, All The Right Reasons which produced three top 10 singles and five top 20 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 including "Photograph", "Far Away", "Rockstar"; the band's album Dark Horse was another commercial success, producing eight singles, one of which peaked on the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and two of which peaked on the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2011, the band released their seventh album Now which again topped the charts, their eighth studio album No Fixed Address was released on 17 November 2014, their ninth studio album, Feed the Machine, was released on June 16, 2017. The band is based in Vancouver, British Columbia; the band's original domestic signing was with EMI Canada, but they subsequently obtained an American deal with global distribution via Roadrunner Records.
For the release of their seventh album, the band parted from EMI Canada and signed to Universal Music Canada. The band was formed in the early 1990s as a cover band called "Village Idiot" by brothers Mike and Chad Kroeger with their cousin Brandon Kroeger and Ryan Peake; the band changed its name to Nickelback, which originated from the nickel in change that band member Mike Kroeger gave customers at his job at Starbucks. The band performed covers of songs from Led Metallica. Chad Kroeger asked his step-father to give him $4,000 so that the band could record their first demo, a seven-track EP of original material, called Hesher; the band spent half the money to record the EP, spent the other half on magic mushrooms. In 1996, the band released their first full-length album, Curb. "Fly" was the first single produced by Nickelback. In 1997, Brandon Kroeger left the band searched for a new drummer; that year Mitch Guindon joined the band, but he decided to leave in 1998 because he started working in a car company.
In Summer 1998, Ryan Vikedal joined the band. Roadrunner A&R Ron Burman told HitQuarters that one of his West Coast scouts sent him the self-released album and, suitably impressed, he travelled to Vancouver to see them perform live. Although an unknown property in the industry at the time, the venue was packed out. In Burman's words: "I got the chills! I thought their song'Leader of Men' was a smash hit." Off the stage he was impressed by their initiative in managing their career. Despite this, it still took Burman three months for him to convince his label bosses to approve the signing, a decision that would mark Roadrunner's first move into mainstream rock. Nickelback signed a record deal with EMI and Roadrunner Records in 1999; the State was released by Nickelback in 2000 by Roadrunner Records and EMI Canada, followed by its release in Europe in 2001. It spawned 4 singles: "Old Enough", "Worthy to Say", "Leader of Men" and "Breathe", the last two being Top 10 rock hits; the album was the band's first album to be certified gold status and it went into platinum status in 2008, after the success of their albums.
The album entered the Billboard 200 at number 130 and peaked at number 3 in the Billboard Top Heatseekers albums chart and peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Top Independent albums chart. Around 2001, Chad Kroeger started "studying every piece, everything sonically, everything lyrically, everything musically, chord structure. I would dissect every single song that I would hear on the radio or every song that had done well on a chart and I would say,'Why did this do well?'" Kroeger said that Nickelback's single "How You Remind Me" sold so well because it was about romantic relationships, a universal subject, contained memorable hooks. To record their third album Silver Side Up, Nickelback collaborated with producer Rick Parashar; the album was recorded at the same studio. The album was released on Tuesday, September 11, 2001; the album peaked number 2 on the Billboard 200 with over 177,000 copies sold in its first week and peaked number 1 at the Canadian albums chart making the band's first album to do so.
The single "How You Remind Me" was a number one single on the Mainstream and Modern rock charts, as well as the pop chart. It peaked at number two on Adult Top 40 and became the Billboard Hot 100 numb
Shawn Bosco Fernandes, better known by his stage name Shawn Desman, is a Canadian pop/R&B singer, dancer, television personality, actor of Portuguese descent. He was signed to Universal Music Canada. Shawn Desman attended St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School in Mississauga, where he took part in many talent shows and events. In 1998, Shawn Fernandes was in the Boomtang Boys video for their song "Squeezetoy" as a dancer, he had a few recordings in English and Portuguese under his real name Shawn Fernandes before adopting the name Desman. According to his own account, he adopted the name Desman because in his youth his friends referred to him as "Dez, man" - thus creating his artistic pseudonym Desman, his self-titled breakthrough album in 2002 featured three top ten singles on the Canadian charts. The album went on to achieve gold certification in Canada; the single, "Spread My Wings", is a cover of the unreleased male group, featuring Chilli of TLC. His follow-up album, Back for More garnered a Juno Award for Best R&B Recording which featured the number one hit single "Let's Go".
His album Fresh garnered two gold singles, one platinum single, Video of the Year at the Much Music Video Awards, Canadian Dance/Pop Song of the year at the Stylus Awards, as well as SOCAN Number 1 Award for Electric/Night Like This. Shawn Desman is a producer and has worked with various artists producing hit singles for Nick Carter, Kreesha Turner, Keshia Chante, Danny Fernandes, as well as contestants on YTV's The Next Star where he produced the song for Brock Zanrosso in 2009 and "It Might Be You" for contestant Parker Schmidt in 2011. In 2013, Shawn Desman released his fourth studio album, Alive along with an accompanying short film of the same name; the album spawned two hit singles. In 2018, due to low ticket sales, a Shawn Desman concert in Wasaga Beach was made free for the public. Shawn Desman contributed "Spread My Wings" to Jerry Bruckheimer's Kangaroo Jack, he has collaborated with Rodney Jerkins and The Dream. Collaborated with his brother Danny Fernandes on the single "Feel It" featured on Shawn's album Fresh.
Shawn Desman's eponymous debut album was certified Gold by the Canadian Recording Industry Association. In 2006, won a Juno Award for "R&B/Soul Recording of the Year". In 2011, won "Video of the year" at the Much Music Video Awards for his video "Electric/Night Like This". In 2011, won Canadian Dance/Pop Single of the Year at the Stylus Awards. In 2011, awarded SOCAN #1 Award for Electric/Night Like This reaching #1. In 2013, ALIVE movie awarded Best Outstanding Short Film at Reel World Film Festival Inspired by the commitment and passion of the youth at his first We Day performance in 2010, Shawn became a Free the Children ambassador and has appeared on the We Day stage since then, he choreographed the We Day dance in 2011 and designed the “This Is How We Do It” T-shirt for Me to We, one of the best selling shirts at We Day. In the summer of 2013, Shawn travelled to Kenya to witness first-hand the impact FTC initiatives are making. While there, he collaborated with the Kenyan Boys Choir for the first time.
That year, Shawn hosted the Canadian leg of the We Day tour, where he debuted a special rendition of “Won’t Give Up On You” with the Kenyan Boys Choir. Desman is of Portuguese descent. Desman is the oldest of three brothers, his brothers are Jonathan Fernandes. Canadian singer Tyler Medeiros is his cousin. On August 25, 2007, he married longtime girlfriend and fellow Canadian dancer, Chantelle Leonardo, featured in many of his earlier music videos and has made appearances in films such as Honey and Shall We Dance. Together they have Owen Fernandes and Cayden Fernandes. Notes 2003: "Movie Star" Rascalz feat. Shawn Desman 2006: "All Eyes on Me" Puppet feat. Shawn Desman 2010: "Feel It" Danny Fernandes feat. Shawn DesmanCollaborations2009: "One More First Chance" 2001: Get Over It as himself 2003: Honey as himself 2007: How She Move as Trey Shawn Desman Official web site Shawn Desman Official Twitter page Shawn Desman MySpace page Shawn Desman on IMDb Shawn Desman MuchMusic page Shawn Desman LastFM page
The Trews are a Canadian hard rock band from Antigonish, Nova Scotia, consisting of vocalist Colin MacDonald, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, bassist Jack Syperek, drummer Chris Gormley. The band is based in Hamilton, Ontario; the band started their career with the name One I'd Trouser, a line taken from a song in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. They changed their name to Trouser and The Trews, they released an EP as One I'd Trouser, a second EP under the name The Trews. In the early summer of 2002 the band entered Rocksearch, a high-profile contest, held annually by CHTZ-FM, a St. Catharines rock radio station. Winning the contest would prove to be their big break as they soon landed a recording contract with Bumstead Productions; the release of their first full-length CD House of Ill Fame followed in 2003. Produced by Big Sugar's Gordie Johnson, the album contained the singles "Every Inambition", "Not Ready to Go", "Tired of Waiting", "Fleeting Trust" and "Confessions". "Not Ready to Go" hit number one on Canadian rock radio and was the most played song of 2004 in that format.
The band was nominated as New Group of the Year at the 2004 Juno Awards and "Not Ready to Go" was nominated as Single of the Year in 2005. House Of Ill Fame has been certified gold in Canada, it was re-released with a bonus live album called The Live Cut which featured live versions of songs taken from the album. The song "Hollis and Morris" on their first album, refers to an intersection in the city of Halifax and not an intersection in Antigonish as speculated; the band has mentioned during concerts and in interviews that the corner of Hollis and Morris is notorious for prostitution. The band released a follow-up to House of Ill Fame on August 16, 2005; the album, Den of Thieves, was produced by legendary producer Jack Douglas. The first single, "So She's Leaving", was released to radio June 28, 2005 and was followed by the singles "Yearning", their second single to reach number 1, "Poor Ol' Broken Hearted Me", "I Can't Say". In the summer of 2005 the band was invited to share the stage with the Rolling Stones at the Phoenix Concert Theater in Toronto as part of the Stones' Bigger Bang Tour.
In fall of the same year they were invited to open for Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant on his cross-Canada arena tour. Den of Thieves was certified Canadian Gold in April 2006; the album was released 18 April 2006 in the United States on Red Ink and Sony BMG. The Trews were nominated in the Best New Band category in Classic Rock magazine's 2007 Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards. Issue #104 of the magazine included a four-track promotional EP entitled Out of the Past, Into the Dark; the Trews' third album, No Time for Later, was released in February 2008. The first single, "Hold Me in Your Arms", was made available on 25 November 2007, it premiered at the 2007 Grey Cup pre-game show and was released on iTunes. In early 2009, "Hold Me in Your Arms" won in The 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Hard Rock/Metal Song. A bonus song called "Long Way from Freedom" was included with the single but was not released on the album. "Hold Me in Your Arms" went on to spend 22 weeks in the top ten at rock radio in Canada and in May 2010 was certified Canadian gold the commemorate the sales of over 20,000 digital downloads.
In early February 2008, the band added keyboardist Jeff Heisholt to their live lineup. The second single from No Time for Later was "Paranoid Freak", the video for, released in May and went straight into rotation on MuchMusic; the third single, a ballad called "Man Of Two Minds", was released September 8, 2008 and the video reached number one on MuchMusic sister station MuchMoreMusic. The fourth single, "Can't Stop Laughing", was sent to radio in January 2009 with a video that followed in April and became the band's tenth single to enter the top ten at Canadian rock radio; the band was nominated for Album of the Year and Group of the Year. No Time for Later was released in the United States on April 2009, on Merovingian Music; the first single "Paranoid Freak" was sent to radio a few weeks prior to its release and was added in heavy rotation at Sirius Satellite Radio's Alt. Nation; the second single in the US was "Hold Me In Your Arms" and garnered significant play at Active Rock. Their second live album, Acoustic - Friends & Total Strangers, released Oct. 6, 2009, was an acoustic session recorded over two nights at Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio in January 2009 for a live audience.
It was released without any edits or overdubs and was produced by the band's guitarist John Angus MacDonald. There is a 23-song DVD of the same name available which captures the second nights performance in its entirety as well as candid interviews with the band; the release earned the band their fifth Juno nomination for DVD of the year in 2010. The album's only single, "Sing Your Heart Out", a new song written for the performances, won Best AAA/Alternative Song at the 2010 International Acoustic Music Awards. Following Acoustic - Friends & Total Strangers the band released the single "Highway Of Heroes", it was inspired by the 2006 death of Capt. Nichola Goddard, the first Canadian female soldier killed in Afghanistan and a schoolmate of members of the Trews, it refers to the stretch of Highway 401 in Ontario, between CFB Trenton and downtown Toronto, where hundreds gather on bridges and overpasses to mourn soldiers killed in Afghanistan while the bodies of the fallen soldiers are transported from Trenton to the coroner's office in downtown Toronto.
The song was made available on
Sarah Ann McLachlan, is a Canadian singer and songwriter known for her emotional ballads and mezzo-soprano vocal range. As of 2009 she had sold over 30 million albums worldwide. McLachlan's best-selling album to date is Surfacing, for which she won two Grammy Awards and four Juno Awards. In addition to her personal artistic efforts, she founded the Lilith Fair tour, which showcased female musicians on an unprecedented scale; the Lilith Fair concert tours took place from 1997 to 1999, resumed in the summer of 2010. On May 6, 2014, she released her first album of original music in four years, titled Shine On. McLachlan was born on January 28, 1968, in Halifax, Nova Scotia and placed with the McLachlan family who legally adopted her, she played music from a young age, beginning with the ukulele at age four. She would go on to study classical guitar, classical piano, voice at the Maritime Conservatory of Music through the curriculum of The Royal Conservatory of Music; when she was 17 years old and still a student at Queen Elizabeth High School in Halifax, she fronted a short-lived rock band called The October Game.
One of the band's songs, "Grind", credited as a group composition, can be found on the independent Flamingo Records release Out of the Fog and the CD Out of the Fog Too. It has yet to be released elsewhere, her high school yearbook predicted that she was "destined to become a famous rock star". Following The October Game's first concert at Dalhousie University opening for Moev, McLachlan was offered a recording contract with Vancouver-based independent record label Nettwerk by Moev's Mark Jowett. McLachlan's 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 before having written a single song. A mutual acquaintance introduced her to her birth mother. McLachlan was ambivalent about meeting her. In 1994 McLachlan 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 challenging for the Canadian legal system: Vandrei was an admitted stalker whose acknowledged goal in filing the lawsuit was to be near McLachlan. Precautions were taken to ensure McLachlan's safety if she had to be in the same location as Vandrei. Before the trial began however, Vandrei was found dead in an apparent suicide. Vandrei's preoccupation with McLachlan was explored at length in Canadian author Judith Fitzgerald's book, Building a Mystery: The Story of Sarah McLachlan & Lilith Fair. In 1997, McLachlan married Ashwin Sood, in Jamaica. While she was pregnant with her first child, her mother died from cancer in December 2001. While working on her next album, she gave birth to daughter India Ann Sushil Sood in Vancouver on April 6, 2002. On June 22, 2007, she gave birth to Taja Summer Sood, in Vancouver. McLachlan announced her separation from Ashwin Sood in September 2008 and they divorced the same year; the signing with Nettwerk prompted McLachlan to move to British Columbia.
There she recorded her first album, Touch, in 1987, which received both critical and commercial success and included the song "Vox". During this period she contributed to an album by Moev, provided vocals on Manufacture's "As the End Draws Near," and embarked on her first national concert tour as an opening act for The Grapes of Wrath, her 1991 album, was her mainstream breakthrough in Canada, spawning the hit singles "The Path of Thorns" and "Into the Fire". Solace marked the beginning of her partnership with Pierre Marchand. Marchand and McLachlan have been collaborators since, with Marchand producing many of McLachlan's albums and co-writing songs. 1993's Fumbling Towards Ecstasy was an immediate hit in Canada. From her Nettwerk connection, her piano version of the song "Possession" was included on the first Due South soundtrack in 1996. Over the next two years, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy became McLachlan's international breakthrough as well, scaling the charts in a number of countries. In 1993, Darryl Neudorf filed a lawsuit against McLachlan and her label, alleging that he had made a significant and uncredited contribution to the songwriting on Touch, alleging that he was not paid properly for work done on Solace.
The judge in this suit ruled in McLachlan's favour on the songs. The judge ruled in Neudorf's favour on the payment issue. Following the success from Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, McLachlan returned in 1997 with Surfacing, her best-selling and best-known album to date; the album earned her two 1998 Grammy Awards, one for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and one for Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, four Juno Awards, including Album of the Year for Surfacing and Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year for "Building a Mystery". The album has since sold over 16 million copies worldwide and brought her much international success. Still in the spotlight from the album, McLachlan launched the popular Lilith Fair tour, her song "Angel"—inspired by the fatal overdose of Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin—made sales skyrocket. One of the songs from Surfacing, Full of Grace, features in the season 2 finale of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Becoming. Fellow adoptee Darryl McDaniels was so touched by "Angel" that it inspired him to reassess his life and career.
He credits McLachlan and