(born Jann Arden Anne
; March 27
) is an acclaimed and award-winning Canadian
Life and career
born and raised near Calgary, in Springbank, Alberta, and she attended
Community High School.
She spent most of the 1980s playing her
music in bars and busking
. Her breakthrough
came with her critically acclaimed 1993 debut album Time for Mercy
and her first single "I
Would Die For You". Her success grew with 1994's Living Under June
, which featured her
biggest hit to date outside of Canada, "Insensitive
", which was released as a
single from the soundtrack to the Christian Slater
film Bed of Roses
(number 12 on the U.S.
Billboard Hot 100
). Another single
from that same album, "Could I Be
", has also had significant, and consistent airplay on
Canadian adult contemporary
since its release, and in an unusual move for a Jann Arden song,
even featured a dance remix
circulated on pop radio at the time.
Subsequent albums include 1997's Happy?
, 2000's Blood Red Cherry
(on which Jim Cuddy
of Blue Rodeo
sang backing vocals), and 2003's Love Is the Only Soldier
also released a greatest hits album, Greatest Hurts
, in 2001, and a live
album, Jann Arden
Live with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
2005, she released her eighth album (her sixth album of new
material) titled simply Jann
She also covered Leonard Cohen
it be your will..." on the 1995 Cohen tribute album Tower of Song
. The song also appears on
" and was a b side to
the Good Mother Single.
Although Arden's pop-rock songs are known for their sadness and
tales of heartache, Arden is paradoxically also known for her
gregarious sense of humour. Her personal stories, often involving
her close-knit family, have won her great affection among her loyal
fan base, and her concerts routinely sell out across Canada. In
1998, respondents to Chart
magazine's year-end reader's poll named Arden the Canadian
celebrity most deserving of her own talk show. Arden frequently
does loving, homespun impersonations of her parents during her
shows. As part of her public honesty about her family life, she has
revealed that one of her brothers is serving a life sentence in
prison, and that her song "Hangin' by a Thread
" is dedicated
In December 2006, the first images of a slimmed-down Arden appeared
in a photo shoot for Chatelaine
magazine, and she
revealed that she has recently lost over 50 pounds.
Jann Arden released her ninth album, Uncover Me,
on February 6, 2007. This album
was her first comprising cover songs
exclusively, except for one original piece, "Counterfeit Heart".
This was followed by her Uncover Me Tour
during the spring of 2007.
On the weekend of March 24, 2007, Jann Arden was admitted to
intensive care for heart related concerns, diagnosed as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy
condition commonly associated with acute stress and
She had a 2007 USA Summer tour with Michael Bublé
and in 2008 she co-produced
the Nashville based Country Crossover group SHeDAISY
's latest Album.
In September 2009, Arden released her tenth album, Free
and its first single A Million Miles Away
. She is also
doing a cross-country Canadian tour, which began in November
- Arden has also written two books of personal reflections and
poetry, If I
Knew, Don't You Think I'd Tell You, released in 2002 and
You One Damn Thing, and That's All I Know in 2004.
- She currently authors a monthly advice column in Elle Canada magazine, and also regularly
contributes thoughts, ideas and poems on her personal website.
was also the owner of a diner in Calgary named
The Arden which closed down in April 2005. In 2003
she starred in her own Canadian TV reality
show called The Arden
Diner, a behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of
the hectic restaurant.
- In 2008, Arden recorded "Angel in the Wings" with Olivia Newton-John, from Olivia's duets
album, Olivia Newton-John & Friends, A Celebration in Song. The song peaked
at number 28 on the Canadian Singles Adult Contemporary
- 17 top ten singles from eight albums
- Arden has received a total of 19 Juno
Award nominations to date. She has won eight of them, including
Songwriter of the Year in 1995 and 2002, and Female Artist of the
Year in 1995 and 2001.
has also won awards at the MuchMusic Video Awards, the Prairie Music Awards, the Western
Canadian Music Awards and at the ARIA (Alberta Recording Industry
- In November 2007, Arden was inducted into the Canadian
Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and was the winner of the
International Achievement Award at the 2007 Western Canadian Music
Material used in other sources
- Dawson's Creek also featured several other Jann Arden's songs
as well, including "You Don't Know Me," "Hangin' By A Thread," "In
Your Keeping," "Mend," and "Sleepless".
- She appeared in the opening segment of an episode from the
sitcom "Ellen" starring Ellen DeGeneres, originally aired on January