SARAH MCLACHLAN IS A STUDY IN PERPETUAL MOTION. Signed to Nettwerk Records while still in her teens, the Vancouver-based singer-songwriter has spent the past two decades selling more than 40 million records, winning three Grammys and eight Juno Awards, and performing countless benefits for charitable causes, from alleviating poverty in developing nations to animal welfare. She also established the Lilith Fair, one of the highest-profile music festivals of the 1990s, as a showcase for female-fronted bands and female solo artists. Now the mother of two and Officer of the Order of Canada is channeling her boundless energy into a new album, tentatively scheduled for release in April 2010--just in time for the soon-to-be-revived Lilith Fair tour next summer.

As a performer, songwriter, and arranger, Barry Manilow has helped shape the pop music landscape since the early 1970s. With 26 studio albums, two Emmys, a Tony, and two Clio awards to his name, Manilow is currently a longstanding headliner at the Las Vegas Hilton--and he's found a new generation of fans through recurring appearances as a mentor on American Idol, where his former backing singer Debra Byrd is the show's head vocal coach.

Whether you calculate by fame, sales, longevity, or the respect of their peers, Canadian Brass is the world's leading brass chamber ensemble.

Founded in Toronto in 1970 by trombonist Eugene "Gene" Watts and tuba player Dr. Charles "Chuck" Daellenbach, the quintet has released more than 60 recordings, encompassing classic repertoire, modern compositions, savvy transcriptions, and compelling jazz and pop crossover material.

It's been more than 15 years since Collective Soul wowed the music world with Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid, a debut that spawned seven hit singles, including the modern rock classic "Shine." Now the band is back in the studio completing an as-yet-untitled eighth album that Ed Roland, the band's singer and principal songwriter, promises will resonate with fans of that breakthrough disc.

When Sonny Emory first started to play professionally, endurance wasn't his strong suit. After just a few songs, he'd be snoozing on the backstage sofa, exhausted by a single set of jazz drumming.

Few would label Billy Joel a jazz artist, but a love of jazz permeates his four-decade pop career. His songs are peppered with horn solos and sophisticated section charts. And a stellar horn section has been a cornerstone of Joel's live show for decades.

When popular American Idol contestant Brooke White was eliminated from the show in April 2008, it wasn't exactly the end of her musical career. Since then, the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter has appeared on half a dozen top talk shows, performed as part of the American Idols LIVE! tour, shot a video for VH1, and released an advance single from her upcoming album, High Hopes and Heart Break.

Texas-based modern rock band Blue October knows a little too much about the capricious workings of the music industry. After building a local buzz and releasing a self-produced LP in the late '90s, they were signed to Universal Records. Then dropped. Then signed again.

Composer, keyboardist, and bandleader Chick Corea is one of the most important figures in jazz history. From his groundbreaking 1960s sideman work with Stan Getz, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis, through his stewardship of the long-running groups Return to Forever, Akoustic Band, and Elektric Band, Corea has ceaselessly pushed boundaries. His vast discography encompasses high-energy fusion, intimate traditional jazz, and collaborations with many of the world's finest players.

Check the credits of your favorite box-office smash from the past two decades, and there's a good chance you'll see James Newton Howard listed as composer. Howard has contributed music to more than 100 films, from romantic comedies to action thrillers to sci-fi blockbusters, earning Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe nominations or awards along the way. He's also contributed to the small screen with compositions like the Emmy-nominated main theme for the long-running series ER.