Sass Jordan

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Sass Jordan
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Background information
Born (1962-12-23) December 23, 1962 (age 54)[1]
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Singer, actress, Television Personality
Instruments Vocals, Bass
Years active 1982–present
Labels Aquarius Records, MapleMusic Recordings, Impact[2]

Sarah "Sass" Jordan (born December 23, 1962) is a British-born Canadian rock singer from Montreal, Quebec.[1]


Prior to releasing her first album as a singer, Jordan was a backing vocalist for The Box[1] and a songwriter for other artists, most notably writing Michael Breen's hit single "Rain".[4]

She released her debut album, Tell Somebody, in 1988 on Atlantic Records, and had hit singles in Canada with "Double Trouble", "Stranger Than Paradise" and the title track.[1] In 1989, her cover of the rhythm & blues song "Rescue Me" was featured on the soundtrack to the film American Boyfriends.[1]

She followed up in 1992 with Racine, and had further hits with "Make You a Believer",[5] "I Want to Believe", "You Don't Have to Remind Me" and "Goin’ Back Again".[1] In the same year, Jordan performed a duet with Joe Cocker for the soundtrack of the motion picture The Bodyguard.[1]

Her third album, Rats (1994), featured the singles "High Road Easy" and "Sun's Gonna Rise", but underperformed on the charts compared to her first two albums.[1] At her record label's request, she adopted a more pop-oriented sound for her next two albums, Present (1997) and Hot Gossip (2000), but failed to replicate her earlier success.[1]

Jordan then played the lead role of Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway hit Love, Janis in 2001,[1] guest starred on Sisters and Corner Gas, and performed in the Toronto and Winnipeg productions of The Vagina Monologues.[1]

In 2003, she became a judge on Canadian Idol, and remained so for the show's entire run.[1]

In 2012 Jordan was appointed honorary colonel of 417 Combat Support Squadron,[6] an appointment she held until Glen Suitor's appointment in August 2016.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Jordan is married to musician Derek Sharp, the current lead singer of The Guess Who.[9]

Musical influences[edit]

Jordan's primary musical influences come from Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, David Bowie, Tears For Fears, Anthrax and American soul singer Al Green.[10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Jordan was the recipient of the Juno award for Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year in 1989, and was nominated for Best Female Vocalist in 1990, 1993, and 1995.[11]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
Tell Somebody
Racine 174 2
Rats 158 5
Hot Gossip
  • Release date: December 12, 2000
  • Label: Aquarius Records
  • Formats: CD
Get What You Give
From Dusk 'Til Dawn
  • Release date: September 15, 2009
  • Label: Kindling Music
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Title Chart Positions Album
1988 "Tell Somebody" 11 Tell Somebody
1989 "Double Trouble" 12
"Stranger Than Paradise" 36
"So Hard" 51
"Rescue Me" 44 American Boyfriends (soundtrack)
1992 "Make You a Believer" 12 11 Racine
"I Want to Believe" 16 20
"You Don't Have to Remind Me" 15 12
"Goin' Back Again" 14
1993 "Who Do You Think You Are" 37
1994 "High Road Easy" 9 6 Rats
"Sun's Gonna Rise" 7 86
"I'm Not" 47
1997 "Do What I Can" 20 6 Present
1998 "Desire" 12
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Maclean, Steve. "Jordan, Sarah (Sass)". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
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  4. ^ "Sassy singer finally a hit". Ottawa Citizen, January 25, 1989.
  5. ^ "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
  6. ^ Guly, Christopher (August 31, 2012). "Sass Jordan made honorary colonel along with host of celebrities welcomed into the ranks of the Canadian Forces". The National Post. Retrieved September 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ Ip, Célina (September 2, 2015). "New batch of honorary colonels proud to represent squadrons". Cold Lake Sun. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Mr. Glen Suitor". Royal Canadian Air Force. Royal Canadian Air Force. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  9. ^ Renaissance rocker Sass Jordan comes to Peterborough, Bruce Head, 2015-08-07
  10. ^ "Sass Jordan Interview". Guitarhoo!. 2008. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ Juno Artist Profiles - Sass Jordan, Retrieved from on 2016-01-25

External links[edit]

Preceded by
The Guess Who
Grey Cup Halftime Show
with Michel Pagliaro
Succeeded by
Shania Twain