After a long absence from the spotlight, a Summer Song is what fans of Sarah McLachlan have been waiting for. As Anthony Mason will be telling us, the wait is now over:
It's been some time since we've heard from Sarah McLachlan. But this summer, the Canadian singer who's sold 40 million records is touring again.
Mason asked, "Is it scary to sort of leave your audience for a while?"
"No, it is a bit scary to come back," she replied, "but more because I know how much work it takes to get back into the game."
She's back in the game after a rocky period that included a divorce, a break with her longtime manager, and the loss of her adoptive father, who died of cancer in 2010 at the age of 80.
"I don't think anybody gets to this point in their life unscathed," McLachlan said. "I'm 46 years old and this is the time when parents die, when big changes happen."
"When you were dealing with all that, where were you musically?" asked Mason.
Down the hill behind her home in West Vancouver, McLachlan has built a recording studio, but for a while the songs just didn't come.
"I would play music, but I didn't have it in me to write anything," she said. "I need to play the piano every day. It's like some people have a glass of wine; I go play the piano, and it just calms me right down.
"My father passed away almost four years ago, and it kind of took that long for me to recognize what I'd lost and what that meant to me moving forward, but also what he'd given me."
To hear McLachlan's "Song For My Father," click on the video player below.
Her new album, "Shine On" -- her first in four years -- is dedicated in part to her father.
"We don't feel unconditional love very often in our lives. It's almost always conditional. And with him, it was -- he was just there. He was always there for me."
McLachlan grew up in Nova Scotia studying voice, piano and guitar. Her friend Miranda wrote in McLachlan's high school yearbook that Sarah was "destined to become a famous rock star."
"She was right -- well, I'm not a rock star," said McLachlan.
She was signed to a record deal at 19. Her fourth studio album, "Surfacing," would win her two Grammys and sell 16 million copies. Those are "rock star" numbers.
Mason asked, "Did you have any idea when you were finished what you had?"
"It's funny, I always hate my records at the very end," she said. "Just for a brief moment, 'cause I'm so sick of them. And I remember saying to a friend of mine, 'The only song that's any good on this record is "Angel."'"
Written after reading about the death of the keyboard player for the band Smashing Pumpkins from a drug overdose, the song "Angel" came to McLachlan in just a day-and-a-half.
"It's like, 'Wow, someone just gave me a gift,'" she said. "And it turns out to be the song that so many people have connected with on so many levels."
Especially when the song was used in a commercial for the ASPCA; it helped raise more than $30 million. "Boy, that ad worked like a hot damn!" McLachlan laughed. "It really did. It reached right in and just tore at your heartstrings."
The success of "Surfacing" led McLachlan to put together a tour featuring all-women artists.