GRAMMY ARWARD-WINNING SINGER SONGWRITER SARAH MCLACHLAN
AND PRIMARY WAVE MUSIC ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP
TERMS OF DEAL WILL SEE THE PUBLISHER ACQUIRE A STAKE IN MCLACHLAN’S MUSIC PUBLISHING AND RECORDED MUSIC CATALOG
INCLUDING SONGS “I WILL REMEMBER YOU,” “ANGEL,” AND “HOLD ON”
NEW YORK, NY (April 4, 2023) – Multiple Grammy and Juno Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, Sarah McLachlan, becomes the latest artist to partner with Primary Wave Music, the leading independent publisher of iconic and legendary music in the world. The deal will see the publishing giant acquire a stake in McLachlan’s impressive music publishing and recorded music catalog. Featured in this exciting new partnership are some of McLachlan’s most notable hits including “Angel,” “I Will Remember You,” “Hold On,” and more.
Following the success of her 1993 international breakthrough album, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, Sarah McLachlan next delivered her best-selling album Surfacing in 1997. The album, which garnered her first two Grammy Awards, features one of her most notable hits, “Angel.” The pivotal track became an instant international success. Upon its release, the song peaked at #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Charts in 1999, where it reigned for a total of 19 weeks. The single has since remained a core piece of pop culture. Her 1999 live album Mirrorball also made waves with the re-recording of “I Will Remember You.” In the years following its initial release for the film The Brothers McMullen in 1995, the song quickly soared through the Top 20 charts across the United States and Canada. In 2000, the track ultimately secured her a third Grammy Award and second win for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
The singer’s partnership with Primary Wave will also include access to the company’s vast marketing and publishing infrastructure, which encompasses digital strategy, licensing, synch opportunities, and film & TV production. Moving forward, the publisher will also work with McLachlan to market her name and likeness.
“I’m so delighted to be working with Larry and the whole team at Primary Wave,” said Sarah McLachlan. “First and foremost, they are music fans, and I’m confident that this new partnership will enable us to nurture my catalogue of music carefully through the ever-changing landscape of the music industry.”
“Sarah McLachlan is one of the most respected and influential artists of a generation, who also happens to have the voice of an ‘Angel,’” said Larry Mestel, CEO & Founder of Primary Wave Music. He goes on, “I’m so proud to welcome her into the Primary Wave family.”
Sarah McLachlan is one of the most celebrated singer songwriters in entertainment with over 40 million albums sold worldwide. She has received three Grammy Awards and twelve Juno Awards over her career and has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
Sarah’s music embodies the art of songwriting on its most personal level and her indelible vocals resonate with people everywhere. Her songs have had a profound influence; “Angel,” “Building A Mystery,” “Fallen,” “I Will Remember You,” “Adia,” “Sweet Surrender,” “World On Fire,” “Possession,” and countless others are an inspiration to music lovers around the globe.
In addition to her personal artistic efforts, Sarah founded the Lilith Fair tour, which showcased female musicians and brought over two million people together during its three-year run. Lilith Fair raised over $7 million for local and national charities and was the most successful all-female music event, launching the careers of numerous performers.
Following Lilith Fair, Sarah was awarded the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Visionary Award for furthering the careers of women in music. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, was appointed to the Order of British Columbia, and is the recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Achievement.
In 2002, she founded The Sarah McLachlan Foundation which funds the non-profit Sarah McLachlan School of Music. The program provides high quality music education and mentorship free to children and youth facing various barriers to access. From an early age, music provided Sarah with the tools she needed to navigate the challenges she faced in her life, so she recognizes how important it is for every child to have those same opportunities.