Backstage: Douglas McLean Chats With Canadian Singer-Songwriter & Author Tara MacLean
By Douglas McLean.
“There is no magical thinking because everything is magical”. Tara MacLean graced me with a riveting conversation about her new memoir “Song of the Sparrow”, released on March 14th, 2023 with Harper Collins Canada, and her new album that is the soundtrack for the book released on March 31st, 2023. Tara is a firmly grounded, sophisticated human with a wide range of interests and possessing the wisdom to see her life and all life for its profound beauty and wonder.
You can listen to the entire interview and music HERE
Canadian singer-songwriter Tara MacLean has been an internationally renowned and award winning recording and touring artist for over 25 years. She released her first album with the Nettwerk Music Group in 1996 and Sony Music Publishing Canada. Since then has been signed with Capitol Records, and EMI Canada with her JUNO nominated band Shaye. She has written and recorded six solo albums and two with Shaye.
Tara has recently received the Senate of Canada Medal for her activist work in her community. She finished a run of three summer seasons with her hit theatre show that she wrote, produced, and directed called, “Atlantic Blue-The Stories of Atlantic Canada’s Iconic Songwriters” in Charlottetown. The summer of 2019 saw Atlantic Blue produced and directed by the world famous Charlottetown Festival playing three nights a week to sold out crowds.
Tara received the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year award as well as Solo Recording of the Year for her latest album, Deeper at the PEI Music Awards. Deeper was nominated for Pop Album of the Year at ECMA 2020. Her duet with Catherine MacLellan, "This Storm", received the award for Song of the Year. She performed “Songs from Atlantic Blue” in Concert with the PEI Symphony Orchestra. Last year, Tara received the Stompin' Tom award by the East Coast Music Association, marking an outstanding contribution to music in the region.
Tara MacLean is an environmental and social justice activist, a zen student, a poet, author and a playwright. She resides primarily in her home province of Prince Edward Island, and also lives part time on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada. She considers herself bi-coastal. Her greatest joy is being a mother to her three beautiful girls.
Her first book, Song of the Sparrow, was released on March 14th, 2023 with Harper Collins Canada, followed by a new album that is the soundtrack for the book.
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