Jann Arden is a Canadian-born, singer, songwriter, broadcaster and author. The much-celebrated, multi-platinum, award-winning artist catapulted onto the Canadian music scene in 1993 with the release of her debut album Time For Mercy, featuring the hit single “I Would Die For You.” A year later, with the release of Living Under June, she had her career break-out hit with “Insensitive,” which solidified her position in the music world.
To date, Arden has released 11 albums and has had 19 top-ten singles. Her most recent recording is Uncover Me 2 – a broad-spectrum collection of songs produced by award-winning Hall of Fame inductee Bob Rock (Metallica, Michael Bublé, Ron Sexsmith).
Arden's critically acclaimed tenth album, Free, was followed in November 2010 with a live CD/DVD entitled Spotlight. Arden has received eight Juno Awards, including Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. She is also the recipient of 10 SOCAN Awards, 4 Western Canadian Music Awards, a MuchMusic Video Award, 3 Prairie Music Awards and an Alberta Recording Industry Association Award.
Arden is the proud recipient of a star on Canada's Walk of Fame, has been inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and has been given the Vantage Women of Originality Award.
In addition to being a singer/songwriter, Arden is an author of note. She has written two books: If I Knew, Don't You Think I'd Tell You? and I'll Tell You One Damn Thing, and That's All I Know. Arden also wrote a monthly advice column for Elle Canada – a feature that ran for a year. In the fall of 2011 she released her much-anticipated self-penned memoir, Falling Backwards, which became a national best-seller and will be released in paperback in February 2012.
In 2010, Arden took on broadcast duties as the host of Being Jann, an hour-long talk show on CBC Radio, and this year she returns to the judge’s chair for Canada Sings Season 2 (Global TV). Arden is also the narrator behind the popular program ER Vets and has produced two documentaries: Free and Jann Takes Manhattan, both of which were met with favourable reviews.
Never one to settle into one discipline, Arden has made appearances in television sitcoms (Ellen, 1997 and Corner Gas, 2005) and has made several guest appearances on CBC’s Rick Mercer Report. In 2000, she took part in The Vagina Monologues when it toured Canada. And in April she will grace the front cover of Zoomer.
Arden's philanthropic work includes World Vision, and performing in the Live 8 and MAC Cosmetics Fashion Cares AIDS benefits. In recent years
Arden has also supported Gilda’s Club in Toronto.
Whether she is captivating audiences with her heartfelt music, entertaining them with her quick wit, or sharing her written word in a boldly honest voice, Jann Arden is a Canadian original – a brilliant, multi-dimensional talent who in many ways is just now hitting her stride.
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