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At A Glance

Born:
March 27 1962,
Calgary, Alberta

Notable Achievements:

• Over 2 million records sold worldwide, with 15 top ten singles from eight albums: Time for Mercy, Living Under June, Happy?, Blood Red Cherry, Greatest Hurts – The Best of, Live with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Love Is the Only Soldier and her recent, self-titled Jann Arden.

• Winner of 8 (eight) Junos, 4 (four) Prairie Music Awards, and numerous others including MuchMusic Video of the Year award, Vantage Women of Originality Award and 14 ARIA awards.

• Performed in The Vagina Monologues, has hosted “An Evening at Eve’s Tavern” at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, acted in numerous television projects and a feature film.

• Active supporter of charities including: a return trip to Africa with World Vision; performed at LIVE8 in Barrie, and at the Canada for Asia Benefit supporting the Tsunami victims; appeared with Bryan Adams, Barenaked Ladies, Sarah McLachlan, and Chantal Kreviazuk at the BC Cancer Foundation “Concert For A Cure”; performed at the 2005 Reading, Writing & Rhythm event in Nashville, as a guest of host performer Chely Wright; and at MAC Cosmetics’ Fashion Cares 2005 in Toronto.


   

Recording artist, Jann Arden continues to be one of Canada’s most talented song-writers and performers. This acclaimed “girl from the prairies” can bring audiences to tears through her intimate, poignant songs only to have them rolling in the aisles moments later with her raw humour. With eight CDs, 15 top ten singles, a substantial collection of industry related awards and honours, acting, writing and charity work (including a second trip to Africa with World Vision), Arden is rarely bored.

In April 2005, Arden released her eighth album, the self-titled Jann Arden, which contains the chart scorching single, “Where No One Knows Me.” This single entered the top 10 on radio charts faster than any of her other singles to date and pushed the album to Gold status within the first week of release. Arden and her trusted collaborator, Russell Broom, confess that this album began as an “anonymous” work to escape from the reputation of writing heavy, emotion-filled songs. Though much of this new album sounds up-tempo, Arden’s always enlightening lyrical interpretations lurk just beneath that veneer.

This past fall, Arden completed a record-breaking nine-week tour. She began in Australia, opening for Canadian crooner, Michael Buble. Upon returning to Canada, she headlined her own tour, with stops in major cities across the country from Victoria to Halifax. The growing reputation and success of Arden’s live performances resulted in five consecutive shows at the famed Massey Hall in Toronto.

Arden is also well known for her comedic talents, abilities as a speaker and as a bestselling author. In the Fall of 2004, Arden celebrated the publication of her second book – a collection from her popular on-line journals. i’ll tell you one damn thing, and that’s all i know! continued where her bestselling first publication, if I knew, don’t you think I’d tell you? left off (much to Arden’s surprise, her first book climbed to #3 on Canada’s Globe and Mail Non-fiction Bestseller list). Arden’s ability to candidly discuss topics ranging from bra size to spirituality has solidified her reputation of being unpredictably entertaining, which explains the sell-out crowds at the notable ‘Unique Lives & Experiences’ lecture series.


Arden is no stranger to theatre, having performed in Eve Ensler’s Broadway hit, The Vagina Monologues on stages across Canada. She also returned to the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal to host An Evening at Eve’s Tavern. Arden has been featured on the screen, large and small. She filmed Jann Takes Manhattan (a documentary-style network television special filmed while performing in New York City), was featured in the Gemini nominated episode of the sitcom Big Sound, and was cast in the feature movie White Lies.