Sarah McLachlan fans better enjoy the Canadian singer/songwriter’s new Christmas album, “Wintersong,” because it may be awhile before they hear anything more from her. A laughing McLachlan tells Billboard.com that she’s “really not anywhere yet” in regards to a follow-up to 2003’s Grammy-winning “Afterglow.”
“I’ve got one song written,” McLachlan says, “and since the spring I’ve been focusing on this Christmas record. I’m gonna be promoting it up until the first week of December, and then come the new year I’ll definitely start focusing on a new record.”
But fans should not panic; McLachlan, who took six years between “Afterglow” and its predecessor, “Surfacing,” certainly isn’t.
“Basically, I’ve been through it every single time,” she says of the long gap between albums. “It always happens, and it does seem to get a little worse the older I get. I have to really focus and spend good chunks of time doing it, and that becomes harder and harder the older I get, and the fact that I have a four-and-a-half year old [daughter, India].
“I don’t want to miss any of it, and I’m selfish that way. Sure, maybe the career will suffer a little bit, but I’m doing just fine. I’m really happy, and I’m ridiculously ecstatic because of how far I’ve gotten in my career. I never imagined I would get this far, so I’m really just enjoying life and taking my time.”
The just-released “Wintersong” features one new McLachlan song, the title track, as well as versions of holiday standards (“I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem”) and covers of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” Joni Mitchell’s “River,” Gordon Lightfoot’s “Song For a Winter’s Night” and “Christmas Time is Here” from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” McLachlan will make some TV appearances to promote “Wintersong” but isn’t planning any live shows.