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Sarah McLachlan

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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• Turned down her first record deal to continue her music studies, but later accepted the offer, leading to her 1988 debut, Touch, which went gold in Canada.

• Traveled to Cambodia and Thailand in 1992 to work on a documentary about poverty and child prostitution.

• The lyrics for her song "Possession" were inspired by experiences with a stalker.

• The video for the 2004 song "World on Fire" (nominated for the Best Short Form Music Video Grammy) cost $15 to make, and the rest of the $150,000 budget went to 11 charitable organizations.

• Her Lilith Fair concerts raised more than $7 million for charities and women's shelters.

• Was appointed to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honor, in 2000.

• Cofounded the Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach program, which provides free music lessons to inner-city children.