Known as Canada's sweetheart, Jann Arden (born Jann Arden Anne Richards; March 27) has been writing and singing bittersweet songs for the past 20 years. Her current CD "Free" is aptly named, because she has shaken off the sandess and takes a picturesque 360 view of the world around her; in essence stopping to smell the roses. It's a celebration of what it means to be alive, and she's known some living. She's received 8 Juno Awards (Canada's version of the Grammys) over the span over 10 albums (8 studio, 1 live, 1 greatest 'hurts'). She is a master wit which sometimes gets her into mischief, but it's all in good fun. Jann currently writes a monthly advice column in Elle Canada magazine and has also authored two books of personal reflections and poetry, "If I Knew, Don't You Think I'd Tell You", released in 2002 and I'll Tell "You One Damn Thing, and That's All I Know" in 2004. She is modest about her success but sings the praises of her family and friends, and a puppy named MIDI. I got to catch up to her before she set out on her Canadian tour in support of her current CD.
Biography and Interview by Jackie Lee King ©2009