Six years after Sarah McLachlan's last album—a span in which she gave birth to a daughter, 19-month-old India, and lost her mother—the three-time Grammy winner, now 35, returns with Afterglow, due Nov, 4.
ON HER MOTHER'S DEATH FROM BREAST CANCER IN 2001: My pregnancy coincided with my mother dying of cancer and going through chemo treatments and being in pain and nauseous. I had morning sickness for five months—I was going through nausea for something beautiful and precious, and she was going through it because she was dying.
ON FINISHING AFTERGLOW WITH A BABY IN THE HOUSE: I used to go live in a cabin in the woods by myself and just go a little nutty. After India was born, I'd find an hour or two in the day where I'd go, 'Okay, be creative.' It was a challenge.
ON WHAT SHE'S LISTENING TO NOW: My husband [drummer Ashwin Sood] would be happy to ban Raffi, but it's India's favorite. She seems fairly content with me singing Raffi songs, but Ash still has to leave the room. He's mellowed a bit, because lately I've heard him singing them too.
ON THE LILITH FAIR TOUR: I can't see redoing it. You can only reinvent yourself so many times.
ON HER NEW DO: I always used to have long hair. Then I cut my hair off and probably bleached and dyed it too much and hacked it off. When I got pregnant, it started growing really fast. Change is good.