June 9, 2010 at 9:00 am , by Lisa M. Gerry
Sarah McLachlan is back in a big way. On June 15, the three-time Grammy winner is releasing her first album in seven years, The Laws of Illusion. And on June 27—after more than 10 years—she’s re-launching the legendary, lady-power concert series, Lilith Fair. We talked about how she juggles being a single mom, a singer/songwriter, a trailblazer and a humanitarian.
This is your first studio album in seven years. What inspired you to make it now?
I’ve been working on it for a long time, but I have two small kids [India Ann Sushil, 8 and Taja Summer, 3], so that majorly slows down the process. (Laughs) I have about 15 minutes in the morning to write, which is not ideal. So, for the last couple of years, I took time to just be at home, spend time with my kids, work when I feel like it—and sort of have a normal life. It’s been luxurious.
Why the title The Laws of Illusion?
I was thinking about the fairytale that we buy into as children—the white-picket fence and the happily ever after. You buy into it, and most times, it turns out to be false. Obviously, it has a lot to do with the demise of my marriage [McLachlan separated from her husband, and drummer in her band, Ashwin Sood, in 2008] and all of the emotions that comes with that—anger, loss, and then, the fresh possibility of something new. There’s always hope.