Surfacing is the fourth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan. Released on July 15, 1997, it was produced by McLachlan's frequent collaborator, Pierre Marchand. McLachlan set about writing Surfacing in 1996, after two and a half years touring for her previous album, 1994's Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. Mentally exhausted, she found it difficult to concentrate on her new album and took six months off in Vancouver. After that she completed the ten songs for the album and went to Marchand's Quebec studio to record.
Surfacing was released in July 1997, coinciding with the start of McLachlan's Lilith Fair tour, and was followed by its first single, "Building a Mystery" on August 19. This was followed by "Sweet Surrender" in March 1998, "Adia" in May and "Angel" in November. "I Love You" was released in 2000. The album charted at No. 1 on the Canadian RPM 100 Albums chart and No. 2 on the US Billboard 200. Critical reviews were mixed; some of the more positive reviews praised the songwriting, while the album's detractors criticized it as banal and slow. The album won four Juno Awards and two Grammy Awards.