Canadian singer-songwriter Tara MacLean has been an internationally renowned and award winning recording and touring artist for over 20 years. She’s written and recorded six solo albums and two with her band Shaye (with Kim Stockwood and Damhnait Doyle). Tara has been signed to Nettwerk Music Group, EMI Canada, Capitol US and Asia and is still with Sony Music Publishing Canada.
An environmental and social justice activist, Tara has recently received the Senate of Canada medal for her work in her community. In 2020, she received the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year award, as well as Solo Recording of the Year for her album Deeper at the Music PEI awards, and an ECMA nomination for Pop Album of the Year.
Her theatre show Atlantic Blue – a Celebration of East Coast Songwriters, that she wrote was a sold out success for three summers on PEI, and played in concert with the PEI Symphony Orchestra.
Tara MacLean resides in her home province of Prince Edward Island and requires the Atlantic ocean for optimal well being. Her greatest joy is being a mother to her three beautiful girls.
She is excited to be releasing her memoir with a major publisher in March 2023, about her life in music. Accompanying this book is its soundtrack, her new album, Sparrow, a reimagined collection of her past work, as well as new material, produced by Daniel Ledwell.
Singer songwriter Tara MacLean has had an extraordinary music career. From being discovered singing on a BC ferry to touring with Dido, Tom Cochrane and Lilith Fair, her solo albums and those with the band Shaye have touched legions of fans. But she hasn’t, until now, disclosed the details of how the power of song saved her from a childhood filled with danger.
From her earliest days in the backwoods of PEI, Tara was surrounded by nature, by the songs of her musician father and by the love of her actor mother. But love was not enough to feed their growing family, nor were the at first Wiccan, then evangelical Christian teachings her parents followed. Poverty and uncertainty were constant companions as were the dangers that began to enter their world. Predators can come in many forms from even the most trusted circles, and Tara soon learned that a young girl is never safe. It was only through Tara’s inner strength and the sanctuary she found in singing and songwriting that she created a refuge and a future for herself.
Song of the Sparrow is a daring, heartbreaking and provocative memoir of a life filled with music, told with the same raw, open and elegant poetry that Tara’s fans have come to expect. From her early days in PEI through her teenage years in BC to her meteoric rise in music, Song of the Sparrow reveals Tara’s remarkable strength and shows that a song and a wide open heart are the best weapons for fighting monsters.
Don’t miss Tara’s new album “Sparrow” being released with this memoir.