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Tara MacLean

Real name: Tara MacLean
Birthdate: October 25, 1973
Status: Married
Partner: Bill Bell

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

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

In October 1995 Tara 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.

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 Records 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 February 2000 by Nettwerk Records in Canada and Capitol Records 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.

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

On May 24, 2002 Tara Maclean's sister Shaye Martirano died as the result of injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident earlier that day on the Trans-Canada Highway in St. Leonard, she was aged 26. As a tribute, Tara collaborates with Kim Stockwood and Damhnait Doyle to form Shaye.

Their debut album "The Bridge" was released in October 2003 on EMI Music 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 Expo 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.)


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