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Sarah McLachlan to Daughters: Pursue Happiness in Choosing a Career

06/26/2010 at 02:00 PM ET
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For Sarah McLachlan, there is no decision to be made when it comes to whether or not she will push daughters India Ann Sushil, 8, and Taja Summer, 3, to pursue a career in music.

“I’d encourage [my daughters] to do whatever they want that makes them happy,” the songstress, 42, tells Parade. “There are two schools of thought: forcing them to take music lessons or letting them do what they want. I’m going to let them try everything and see what happens.”

India — for now — is showing an interest in swimming, so McLachlan says she is “letting her do that as much as I can.”

That’s not to say that the girls won’t still follow in mom’s footsteps, however. “Both [are] very musically inclined,” McLachlan, who hits the road with Lilith Fair again this summer, admits. “It’s more soft of free-form singing right now.”

India took piano lessons for a time but “she’s not much of a joiner,” McLachlan explains. “She’s not one to be put into a box. She’s extremely independently minded and just wants to do her own thing.”

Taja shows promise in her own right, demonstrating “really good pitch” according to the proud mama. “At a year old, she was singing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,’” McLachlan adds.

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Callen on

I have always adored her. Sorry to hear her marraige didn’t work out. Beautiful children though :)

CelebBabyLover on

I can hardly believe that Taja is already 3. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was reading that she had been born! :)

Sarah M. on

I thought ‘Taja’ was spelled ‘Taajah’. (I’ve seen it spelled both ways, several places for each spelling.) I like that name, too, regardless of the spelling!

Jill on

So did she get a divorce before her second child was born? I thought she has been divorced for a while and I was surprised her daughter is only 3.

Marie on

Sarah and her husband Ashwin Sood, her band’s long time drummer, separated in summer 2008 and I believe the divorce went through last year. Sarah’s never said so, but apparently, he cheated on her. Her new album Law of Illusions – awesome, btw – deals with the end of her marriage. I recommend this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8Bjzs_1fTI

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