Jann Arden

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Jann Arden

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Arden (left), being interviewed on television, 2006
Background information
Birth nameJann Arden Anne Richards
Born (1962-03-27) March 27, 1962 (age 56)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1992–present
LabelsA&M, Universal

Jann Arden, CM (born Jann Arden Anne Richards; March 27, 1962) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. She is famous for her signature ballads, "Could I Be Your Girl" and "Insensitive", which is her biggest hit to date.

Early life and education[edit]

Jann Arden was born in Calgary[1] and moved as a child to Springbank, Alberta, where she attended Springbank Community High School.


Arden was discovered in 1985 by Calgary manager Neil MacGonigill,[2] who worked with her from 1985 to 1998, both managing her career and acting as executive producer of her earlier albums. The two subsequently became estranged.[3]

Arden released her critically acclaimed debut album, Time for Mercy in 1993, and followed with a single "I Would Die For You". Both were credited among the six Alberta Recording Industry Awards won by Arden in 1994.[4]

Arden's 1994 album Living Under June[5] featured her biggest hit to date outside of Canada, "Insensitive",[6] 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 Your Girl", has also had significant, and consistent airplay on Canadian adult contemporary radio since its release, and featured a dance remix version which circulated on pop radio at the time.

Subsequent albums include 1997's Happy?, 2000's Blood Red Cherry,[7] and 2003's Love Is the Only Soldier. She also released a greatest hits album, Greatest Hurts, in 2001,[8] and a live album, Jann Arden Live with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (2002). In 2005, she released her eighth album (her sixth album of new material); self-titled Jann Arden.

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 revealed that one of her brothers is serving a life sentence in prison, and that her song "Hangin' by a Thread" is dedicated to him. 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 across Canada during the spring of 2007.[9]

On the weekend of March 24, 2007, Arden was admitted to intensive care for heart related concerns, diagnosed as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, a condition commonly associated with acute stress and exhaustion.

She had a 2007 USA summer tour with Michael Bublé. In 2010, they also carried the Olympic torch.[10] She co-wrote his 2013 song "Close Your Eyes".

In September 2009, Arden released her tenth album, Free, and its first single, "A Million Miles Away," in June. She then undertook a cross-country Canadian tour, which began in November 2009. She toured with proceeds going to the "Raise-a-Reader Concert Series".[11]

In November 2010, Arden released her first ever live CD and DVD set, entitled Spotlight. Her latest autobiography, Falling Backwards, was released on November 1, 2011, along with a second album of cover songs, Uncover Me 2. Arden's thirteenth album, Everything Almost, was released April 29, 2014, through Universal Music Canada. In October 2015, Arden released her fourteenth and first Christmas album, A Jann Arden Christmas.

In addition to her music, she is also a writer of memoirs: If I Knew, Don't You Think I'd Tell You? (2002), I'll Tell You One Damn Thing, and That's All I Know! (2004), Falling Backwards (2011) and Feeding My Mother (2017).

In 2018, she launched The Business of Life, a lifestyle podcast on topics such as entrepreneurship, motherhood, writing, relationships and navigating life challenges, which she cohosts with Arlene Dickinson.[12]

Arden is a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.[13]


Arden has received a total of 19 Juno Award nominations to date. She has won eight of them, including solo artist of the year in 1994,[4] Songwriter of the Year in 1995 and 2002, and Female Artist of the Year in 1995 and 2001. She 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 Association) Awards. She has 17 top ten singles from eight albums.

In March 2006, it was announced that she would receive a star on Canada's Walk of Fame. In November 2006, Arden received the National Achievement Award from the Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) for having six singles reach the 100,000 airplay mark on Canadian radio. She was awarded the prize at a gala in Toronto. 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 Awards.

On December 29, 2017, Arden was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada for her 'achievements as a singer-songwriter and broadcaster, and for her extensive charitable work.'[14]

Notable appearances[edit]

She has made a number of charity appearances, including appearances in Africa for World Vision, performing at Live 8 and the MAC Cosmetics Fashion Cares AIDS benefits. She also appeared in the opening segment of an episode from the sitcom Ellen starring Ellen DeGeneres, originally aired on January 8, 1997. She appeared in the 2005 Corner Gas episode "Fun Run" and often makes guest appearances on the Rick Mercer Report. She took part in performances of The Vagina Monologues across Canada. She toured with Michael Bublé on the U.S. and European legs of his 2005 tour, and again toured with him on his 2007 U.S. tour. She sang "O Canada" at the 2006 NBA All-Star Game. She was a judge on season three of Top Chef Canada, episode 13 entitled "Wild Rose Finale", where she was the judge in the elimination portion of the episode.

At the 2006 Juno Awards, to counter host Pamela Anderson's on-stage anti-seal hunting, Arden generated cheers and controversy[15] when she joked that her bra was "made entirely of seal eyelids".

"Run Like Mad" was originally recorded to be the international theme song for Dawson's Creek, however it was only used for the first season. The song was used again on the DVD sets from seasons 3-6 when Paula Cole's "I Don't Want to Wait" became too expensive to license. Other songs including "Good Mother" and "You Don't Know Me" were also featured on the series.


Jann (TV series)[edit]

In June 2018, CTV announced that Arden would star in Jann, a comedy television series based on a "fictionalized version" of her own life.[16][17] Production on six, half-hour episodes began in Calgary in September 2018.[18][19] Produced by Project 10 Productions and SEVEN24 Films, the cast includes Zoie Palmer, Patrick Gilmore, Deborah Grover, Alexa Rose Steele, and Jason Blicker.[18][20]


  1. ^ "Jann Arden". Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  2. ^ Jann Arden, Falling Backwards (2011), pp. 251-253. Retrieved 2015-03-30.
  3. ^ Heath McCoy, Field of dreamers Archived 2015-06-22 at the Wayback Machine.. Calgary Herald via Canada.com, June 19, 2007. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
  4. ^ a b "Mercy - Aden collects half a dozen ARIAs". Edmonton Journal, Edmonton, Alberta, May 30, 1994, p. 12
  5. ^ Larry LeBlanc (4 February 1995). Canada: Who's Who. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 80–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  6. ^ "You oughta Juno: What happened to those artists voted most likely to succeed? Part 2 — 1986 – 1999". National Post, David Berry and Rebecca Tucker | March 14, 2015
  7. ^ "Singer Jann Arden tops music awards". SASKATOON — Globe and Mail, Oct. 02, 2000
  8. ^ "CD REVIEWS: Baby Blue Soundcrew, Lenny Kravitz, Matthew Good Band and many more". Chart Attack, October 30, 2001, Debbie Bento
  9. ^ Ectoguide.org
  10. ^ "Michael Buble, Jann Arden to join in Olympic torch ceremony". John Mackie, Vancouver Sun 02.09.2010
  11. ^ "Jann Arden to donate some concert proceeds to literacy programs". National Post Eric Volmers, Sept. 24, 2009
  12. ^ "First TV show, now podcast for Arden". Toronto Star, September 14, 2018.
  13. ^ http://artistsagainstracism.org/artists/
  14. ^ . Governor General of Canada http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=17061&lan=eng. Retrieved 1 January 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ "Juno host uses awards stage to protest seal hunt". CBC News Apr 03, 2006
  16. ^ Ahearn, Victoria (June 7, 2018). "Jann Arden to play a fictionalized version of herself in CTV comedy series". CTV News. Bell Media.
  17. ^ Hudes, Sammy (June 7, 2018). "Jann Arden to star as fictionalized version of herself in new CTV comedy". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  18. ^ a b Almeida, Matthew; Garcia, Patricia (September 11, 2018). "CTV's New Original Comedy JANN Begins Production". Bell Media. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  19. ^ Volmers, Eric (October 12, 2018). "Why Jann Arden insisted Calgary play major role in her new comedy series". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  20. ^ Brioux, Bill (October 7, 2018). "Set Visit: Jann Arden's upcoming CTV series "Jann"". Brioux.TV. Retrieved 10 January 2019.

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