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 seven 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 theater 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 in her home province of Prince Edward Island, and also lives on Salt Spring Island, BC. She considers herself bi-coastal. Her greatest joy is being a mother to her three beautiful girls.
Her first book, Song of the Sparrow, hit the Best Seller List the week it was released and Tara quickly followed up with “Sparrow” – the soundtrack for the book.
Song of the Sparrow quotes
”Anyone familiar with MacLean’s music will know that she has the unique ability to combine atmosphere and heartfelt lyrics, with an emotional vocal that never fails to hit the listener straight in the heart.” – Entertainment-Focus UK May 2023
“All books are page-turners (that’s how books work) but if you read nothing else this season, read this powerful and compelling memoir.” iHeart Radio April 2023
‘Song of the Sparrow’ is a book that is simply a must-read. Whether you’re a fan of MacLean’s music or not, you’ll find her story engaging and inspiring. – Entertainment-Focus UK March 2023
“It will make you cry, but in a good way. A triumphant way.” “The book unflinchingly kicks ass.” Toronto Star Mach 2023
“This is the story of a fierce, resilient soul whose flight sometimes approaches the stars and is sometimes close to crashing into the ocean.” – Americana UK March 2023
“Singer-songwriter Tara MacLean’s memoir a gutsy, gripping read” – Victoria Times Colonist
“The way that MacLean engages her reader, and the eloquence, emotion, and poetry of her words make this a wonderful read.” – Spill Magazine March 2023
Mainstreet PEI with Matt Rainnie (Mar 14, 2023)