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Tara MacLean (born Tara Margaret Charity MacLean on October 25, 1973 in Charlottetownmarker, Prince Edward Islandmarker, Canadamarker) is a Canadianmarker singer and songwriter. She was discovered by two Nettwerk employees on the top deck of one of the Gulf Islandsmarker 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 Canadianmarker regional group, Shaye with Kim Stockwood and Damhnait Doyle from 2002 to 2007.


Early years

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 step father Marty Reno, a songwriter/guitarist, best known for his recording work with Canadian recording star Gene McLellan. Born and raised in Charlottetownmarker, Prince Edward Islandmarker on the east coast of Canadamarker, 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.

Tara lived in Victoria and graduated from Mount Douglas Secondary Schoolmarker in 1991. Passionate about the environment, she was arrested in September 1993 while protesting the clear-cut logging of Clayoquot sound In B.C. She was charged and served two weeks in the Nanaimo jail.

Nettwerk Records discovered Tara singing on a ferry between Victoriamarker, B.C.marker and Salt Spring Islandmarker. She signed to Nettwerk Records in April 1995 after moving to Vancouvermarker 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 Vancouvermarker was at Nettwerk Record's 10 Year Anniversary Show at the Vogue Theater. Tara 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 Tara went to San Franciscomarker to record her debut album Silence at Brilliant Studios with producer Norm Kerner (American Music Club, Sky Cries Mary, Spain) with additional recording in Vancouvermarker.

Significant radio play for the first single "Evidence", and its accompanying promotional video helped the success of the album in Canada and America. Nettwerk Records National Promotion Director Marc Alghini reports that over 20,000 of her debut CD have sold off Tara MacLean’s US tour. Tara toured to promote Silence for over two years, including opening slots for Ashley MacIsaac, Barenaked Ladies, Paula Cole, Ron Sexsmith and Tom Cochrane, and The Cure as well as eight dates on the Lilith Fair tour, which propelled her career and establish her legitimacy with many contemporary, female artists with whom she shared the spotlight.

In 1997 Tara released a five-song EP of live, remixed and re-recorded songs called "If You See Me". Tara 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 at the Canadian Radio Music Awards in 1997, and also garnered an impressive buzz for her showcase at the 1998 South By Southwest in Austin, which led her to Capitol Recordsmarker and her major label release.


Tara'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 Recordsmarker in America. Tara 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", Tara joined Kendall Payne, Shannon McNally and Amy Correia for a 21-stop Capitol Recordsmarker sponsored The Girls Room Tour across America, agreeing to share the bus, stage and limelight for the opportunity to play live. 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.

Tara left Capitol Recordsmarker in 2001.

Tara gave birth to her first child Sophia Madrien Soleil Bell on December 19, 2001 in Oakville, Ontario.


Tara collaborated with fellow artists Kim Stockwood and Damhnait Doyle. The resulting group was named Shaye in honor of Tara Maclean's sister Shaye Martirano, who died on May 24, 2002 as the result of injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident.

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. This was followed up by "Beauty" in January 2005. They represented Canada at the World Expomarker in Nagoya, Japan that Spring.

On February 23, 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.

Current events

Tara MacLean's third full length release Wake was released on the 22nd April, 2008, and is available to purchase as CD or MP3 from Nettwerk. A 7 song EP titled Signs of Life was released digitally April 30, 2007 on iTunes, and is now also available to purchase as 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.

She is expecting her third child in 2008.



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 Recordsmarker Studio Album Produced by Malcolm Burn.
2000 If I Fall Nettwerk Single
2000 Divided Nettwerk Single
2000 Live from Austin Capitol Recordsmarker Live EP Limited Edition, sold with Passenger
2000 Live from Roots Lodge Capitol Recordsmarker Live EP Limited Edition, sold with Passenger
2007 Signs of Life Nettwerk EP Digital only.
2008 Wake Nettwerk Studio Album Mainly a digital release, but a CD version is available direct from Nettwerk.




  • Bears - Nomad Music Collection ("Clayoquot Song" 1995)
  • Decadence - Nettwerk ("Silence (Demo)" 1995)
  • Slow Brew - Nettwerk ("Let Her Feel The Rain" 1995)
  • Lit From Within - Various Artists ("Let Her Feel the Rain", 1995)
  • Due South, Volume II: The Original Television Soundtrack ("Holy tears", 1998)
  • Lilith Fair 98 A Starbucks Blend - Various Artists ("Evidence (Chris Lord-Alge Mix)", 1998)
  • Lilith Fair: A Celebration Of Women In Music - Lilith 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 Season - WXRT 93.1 FM/Borders Compilation ("Silent Night" 2000)
  • Christmas Songs Nettwerk ("Winter Wonderland" 2000)
  • Women & Songs Christmas - Various Artists ("Winter Wonderland", 2003)
  • Images Of Christmas - John 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
  • Sirènes - The Beauty of the Female Voice - Various Artists ("Here and Now", 2008)

Guest appearances

Backing Vocals


From her albums

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


  • Happy Baby (2003)
  • Beauty (2004)

Other appearances

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

Awards and nominations


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

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