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Photo: Jeth Weinrich, 2000.

Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden was born on March 27th, 1962, in Calgary and raised in Springbank, Alberta. Known equally for her wit and skillful, heartfelt song-writing, Jann is a 10-time Juno award winner (an event which she hosted in 1997). In 2006 Jann was awarded a star on the Canada’s Walk of Fame. What is the secret to her success? In a 1995 Chatelaine article, she credited her passion for music to her father’s mother, “a stormin’ Mormon who was outspoken and flinty and played a tough, two-fisted piano.” You know her music, but how much do you really know about Jann Arden’s life and career?

Check out her article in the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, but in the meantime, here are some quick facts!

Did you know?

  • Jann hosts a summer radio program, Being Jann, on CBC Radio 1.  Listen to the podcast here.
  • Jann has released two cover albums Uncover Me (2007) and Uncover Me 2 (2011)
  • Jann is an avid diarist who published two of her journals
  • Jann has released 17 top ten singles, including “I Would Die for You,” “Could I Be Your Girl” and “Insensitive”
  • Jann recently published an autobiography entitled Falling Backwards
  • Jann tweets at @jannarden. Follow her!

Below is the official video for her 1994 smash hit, “Insensitive” from the album Living Under June. Happy birthday Jann Arden!

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  1. I’m a big fan of Jann arden even though I couldn’t stand the lilith fair singers in the 90s. I like that she’s strong and opinionated and not a delicate snowflake. happy birthday jann!

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About Jennifer Higgs

Jennifer Higgs is a subject editor for the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. Based in Charlottetown, PEI, Jennifer specializes in the area of choral music. She has also written about some of Canada’s leading musicians, including Sam Roberts, Karina Gauvin and Sarah Harmer. In addition to writing, Jennifer is a project coordinator for the Atlantic Presenters Association, a service organization for arts presenters. She is currently managing a dance project, Atlantic Moves, which aims to increase the number of contemporary dance performances in Atlantic Canada. Jennifer is an avid choral singer in the Charlottetown area, devoting much of her time to performing with the self-directed vocal octet, Cantorica.

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