Tara MacLean

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Tara MacLean
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MacLean in 2004
Background information
Born (1973-10-25) October 25, 1973 (age 45)
OriginCharlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
GenresContemporary Folk, Trip hop, Pop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active1995–present
LabelsNettwerk, Capitol Records, EMI Music Canada, Sony/ATV
Associated actsShaye, Evans Blue

Tara Margaret Charity MacLean (born October 25, 1973) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She was discovered by two Nettwerk employees on the top deck of one of the Gulf Islands ferries singing with some friends.

Her hit songs as a solo artist include "Evidence", "If I Fall", and a cover of the Christmas song "Light of the Stable". She was a member of Atlantic Canadian regional group, Shaye with Kim Stockwood and Damhnait Doyle from 2002 to 2007.

Early years[edit]

Tara Margaret Charity MacLean is the daughter of accomplished actress, Sharlene MacLean and Danny Costain, a singer and dancer from British Columbia. She was also influenced greatly by her stepfather Marty Reno, a songwriter/guitarist, best known for his recording work with Canadian recording star Gene MacLellan.[1] Born and raised in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on the east coast of Canada, MacLean is the eldest of four children. All four were pulled from their burning home in May 1987 by Constable David Cheverie, who was awarded for bravery and received the Cross of Valour for saving their lives. She moved to B.C. when she was 13 years old.

MacLean lived in Victoria and graduated from Mount Douglas Secondary School in 1991.

Nettwerk Records discovered MacLean singing on a ferry between Victoria, British Columbia and Salt Spring Island. She signed to Nettwerk Records in April 1995 after moving to Vancouver to record her song "Let Her Feel the Rain" for Lit from Within, a Nettwerk Records benefit compilation for rape crisis centers. That song was also placed on a Nettwerk compilation titled Slowbrew, and it received some radio airplay. She is managed by Terry McBride, and her representing agents are S.L. Feldman's in Canada and Little Big Man in the U.S. She is signed to Sony Music Publishing Canada.

Her first live appearance in Vancouver was at Nettwerk Record's 10 Year Anniversary Show at the Vogue Theater. MacLean made an impact opening for the Dave Matthews Band and she appeared at the East Coast Music Awards where she sang with Marty Reno and Lennie Gallant as a tribute to Gene McLellan.


In October 1995 MacLean went to San Francisco to record her debut album Silence at Brilliant Studios with producer Norm Kerner (American Music Club, Sky Cries Mary, Spain) with additional recording in Vancouver.

MacLean toured to promote Silence for over two years, including opening slots for Ashley MacIsaac, Barenaked Ladies, Dave Matthews Band, Paula Cole, Ron Sexsmith and Tom Cochrane, and The Cure as well as eight dates on the Lilith Fair tour. The album sold over 20,000 copies in the United States.[2]

In 1997 MacLean released a five-song EP of live, remixed and re-recorded songs called "If You See Me". MacLean embarked on a national club tour to promote the EP, performing as a duo with guitarist Bill Bell (Tom Cochrane, Danko Jones). She was named Best New Solo Artist in the Contemporary Hit Radio category at the Canadian Radio Music Awards in 1997.[3] She joined Capitol Records for her major label release.

Her version of the folk song Rattlesnake Mountain, also known as "On Springfield Mountain", was featured during the closing credits of the 1997 movie Inventing the Abbotts.


MacLean's second full-length album was called "Passenger". It was recorded in New Orleans and produced by Malcolm Burn (Daniel Lanois) and then husband Bill Bell (Tom Cochrane, Danko Jones). It was released in October 1999 by Nettwerk Records in Canada and Capitol Records in America. MacLean promoted Passenger in Canada, America and Asia for 18 months. "If I Fall" and "Divided" were both released as singles. "Live from Austin" and "Live from Roots Lodge" were released as two special live EPs. "Settling" was also released in Taiwan as the album's third single. She toured extensively, opening for Dido on her first U.S. tour.

To support "Passenger", MacLean joined Kendall Payne, Shannon McNally and Amy Correia for a 21-stop Capitol Records sponsored The Girls Room Tour across America. Admission to The Girls Room shows were free, and the tour donated $1,000 to a women's charity in each city the tour visits. "Passenger" sold over 50,000 copies. She also appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and had a Cameo in the Jerry Bruckheimer film Coyote Ugly, and USA Network's, Good vs Evil.

MacLean left Capitol Records in 2001.

MacLean gave birth to her first child Sophia Madrien Soleil Bell in 2001 in Oakville, Ontario.[4]


MacLean collaborated with fellow artists Kim Stockwood and Damhnait Doyle. The resulting group was named Shaye. The name was a tribute to Tara Maclean's sister who died in a car accident in 2002.[5]

Their debut album "The Bridge" was released in October 2003 on EMI Canada. "Happy Baby" the lead single, was nominated for Single of the Year at the 2004 Juno Awards and won the Canadian Radio music award.[6] This was followed up by "Beauty" in January 2005. They represented Canada at the World Expo in Nagoya, Japan that Spring.

In 2006 Tara gave birth to her second child Stella Heather Sky Grand in Toronto, where she now resides with her partner Ted Grand (director and co-founder of Moksha Yoga.)

Their 2006 follow up, "Lake of Fire" was released on EMI Canada. It was exclusively available on iTunes in November 2006, then released physically in February 2007.


Tara MacLean's third full-length release Wake was released on April 22, 2008, and is available to purchase as CD or MP3 from Nettwerk.

On October 8, 2007, Tara MacLean announced that she was leaving Shaye due to parental commitments and the desire to pursue a solo career.[7]

She had her third child, Flora in April 2008.

Tara has written her first screenplay.

Atlantic Blue[edit]

Tara MacLean's fourth studio album Atlantic Blue was released on 22 May 2017 to project supporters on PledgeMusic on digital, CD and vinyl. As part of the promotion of the project, an EP called Evidence[8] was released on NoiseTrade as a free download (donation optional), which featured a mix of released and previously unreleased tracks.

Atlantic Blue is a show and an album celebrating of Canadian east coast songwriters and contains covers of songs by Gene MacLellan, Gordie Sampson, Hank Snow, Lennie Gallant, The Rankin Family, Rita MacNeil, Ron Hynes, Sarah McLachlan, Shaye, Stan Rogers and Stompin’ Tom Connors.



Year Title Label Type Notes
1996 Silence Nettwerk Studio Album Debut Album.
1996 Evidence Nettwerk Single
1997 If You See Me Nettwerk EP
2000 Passenger Nettwerk/Capitol Records Studio Album Produced by Malcolm Burn.
2000 If I Fall Nettwerk Single
2000 Divided Nettwerk Single
2000 Live from Austin Capitol Records Live EP Limited Edition, sold with Passenger
2000 Live from Roots Lodge Capitol Records Live EP Limited Edition, sold with Passenger
2007 Signs of Life Nettwerk EP Digital only.
2008 Wake Nettwerk Studio Album Released on a digital and CD.
2017 Evidence Independent EP Digital only. Released on NoiseTrade.
2017 Atlantic Blue Independent Studio Album Released on digital, CD and vinyl (some formats may be exclusive to her PledgeMusic project supporters).
2019 Deeper Independent Studio Album To be Released.




  • Bears – Nomad Music Collection ("Clayoquot Song" 1995)
  • DecadenceNettwerk ("Silence (Demo)" 1995)
  • Slow BrewNettwerk ("Let Her Feel The Rain" 1995)
  • Lit From Within – Various Artists ("Let Her Feel the Rain", 1995)
  • Lilith Fair 98 A Starbucks Blend – Various Artists ("Evidence (Chris Lord-Alge Mix)", 1998)
  • Lilith Fair: A Celebration Of Women In MusicLilith Fair ("Hold Me, Jordan" 1998)
  • Faith & Healing – Various Artists ("More", 1998)
  • 30 Hour Famine – Various Artists ("Holy Tears", 1998)
  • 99.99997% of the world plays without a contract. – Various Artists ("Evidence (Chris Lord-Alge Remix)", 1998)
  • My Sister Sings – Various Artists ("If You Could", 1998)
  • A Christmas To Remember – Various Artists ("Light of the Stable" 1998)
  • Cafe Music Network Selects 2000 Vol. 6 – Various Artists ("Divided", 2000)
  • Live From Studio B Vol. 1 – Various Artists ("If I Fall", 2000)
  • After the Fair 21st Century Women – Various Artists ("Let Her Feel the Rain", 2000)
  • Women & Songs 4 – Various Artists ("If I Fall", 2000)
  • Much More Music – Various Artists ("Divided", 2000)
  • Songs of the SeasonWXRT 93.1 FM/Borders Compilation ("Silent Night" 2000)
  • Christmas Songs Nettwerk ("Winter Wonderland" 2000)
  • Women & Songs Christmas – Various Artists ("Winter Wonderland", 2003)
  • Images of ChristmasJohn McDermott and friends ("Winter Wonderland" with Shaye 2005)
  • Borrowed Tunes II: A Tribute to Neil Young – Various Artists ("Natural Beauty" 2007)
  • Christmas in Canada – Various Artists ("Winter Wonderland" with Shaye 2007)
  • Abrazos 2008 – Various Artists ("Moment for Mercy" 2008 in aid of www.cancerbenefit.org)
  • Sirènes – The Beauty of the Female Voice – Various Artists ("Here and Now", 2008)

Guest appearances[edit]

Backing vocals[edit]


From her albums[edit]

  • Evidence (1996)
  • Divided (1996)
  • If I Fall (2000)


  • Happy Baby (2003)
  • Beauty (2004)

Other appearances[edit]

  • Another California Song (Damhnait Doyle, 2003, Plays Abducted character)

Awards and nominations[edit]


1997 – Won Best New Solo Artist for Canadian Radio Music Awards

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Leblanc, Larry (October 2, 1999). "Roadwork pays off for Nettwerk's MacLean". Billboard. Vol. 111 no. 40. p. 83.
  2. ^ Morris, Chris (November 20, 1999). "Lott sees brighter future". Billboard. Vol. 111 no. 47. p. 125.
  3. ^ Flynn, Andrew (March 10, 1998). "Canadian music talent honored by broadcasters". Kingston Whig-Standard. p. 26.
  4. ^ Audrey and Russ Elliot (2005). "Tara MacLean". musicaldiscoveries.ca. Retrieved 2009-04-11.
  5. ^ https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/television/2007/09/23/shaye_no_longer_a_trio_except_on_tv.html
  6. ^ Rideau Hall Press Office (June 15, 2004). "Governor General's Party in the Garden kicks off Canada Day Celebrations at Rideau Hall, Canada's favourite backyard". www.gg.ca Archives. Governor General of Canada. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  7. ^ [1] Tara MacLean's official blog
  8. ^ Tara MacLean: Evidence, retrieved 2017-05-20