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Canadian folk-pop singer/songwriter Tara MacLean was born October 25, 1973 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; raised everywhere from the Caribbean to Toronto to the UK, she began performing as a child, and at 11 made her television debut alongside her singer/dancer father. While singing for friends during a ferry ride from British Columbia to Salt Spring Island, MacLean was discovered by representatives of Vancouver's Nettwerk Records; signing to the label in the spring of 1995, she first attracted attention with "Let Her Feel the Rain," a contribution to the company's Lit from Within benefit collection, before issuing the full-length Silence in 1996. An EP, If You See Me, followed a year later, and in 2000 MacLean switched to Capitol Records for her follow-up, Passenger.
Tara MacLean (born Tara Margaret Charity MacLean on October 25, 1973 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada) 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 
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 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, B.C. 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.
Nettwerk Records National Promotion Director Marc Alghini reports that over 20,000 of her debut CD have sold off Tara MacLean’s US tour. MacLean 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.
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 at the Canadian Radio Music Awards in 1997, 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.
MacLean collaborated with fellow artists Kim Stockwood and Damhnait Doyle. The resulting group was named Shaye.
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 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 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.
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 was expecting her third child in 2008.