Jann Arden

Inducted in 2020

Jann Arden is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, actress, broadcaster and author. Born and raised in Alberta, Arden 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.” Her follow-up album Living Under June featured her smash hit, “Insensitive,which solidified her position in the music scene across Canada and beyond. To date, Arden has released 14 albums and achieved 19 top ten singles. Her most recent album, These Are The Days, was released in 2018 and she completed a highly successful 27 date Canadian tour that same year.

Arden’s impressive list of accolades include eight JUNO Awards including Best New Solo Artist and Songwriter of the Year, 10 SOCAN Awards, four Western Canadian Music Awards, a Much Music Video Award, three Prairie Music Awards and an Alberta Recording Industry Association Award. Arden has also been honoured with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, inducted into the Western Canadian Music Alliance Hall of Fame and Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, as well as the Order of Canada.

A versatile artist, Arden’s hit sitcom JANN, where she stars as a fictionalized version of herself, has been renewed for a second season. She previously appeared in sitcoms including Ellen and Corner Gas, has been involved in Working Moms and The Detour and appeared in The Vagina Monologues when it toured Canada.

Arden hosted CBC Radio’s Being Jann, sat in the judge’s chair for Canada Sings, and has made guest appearances on CBC’s Rick Mercer Report as well as regularly appearing as a guest host on The Social.

As an author, her most recent book Feeding My Mother – Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss spent 21 consecutive weeks on the The Globe & Mail’s Bestsellers List. Previous releases include If I Knew, Don’t You Think I’d Tell You, I’ll Tell You One Damn Thing, and That’s All I Know, and her self-penned memoir Falling Backwards.

Career Highlights

1993

Arden’s critically-acclaimed debut album, Time for Mercy, is released

1994

Living Under June is released, featuring the hit singles “Insensitive”, “Could I Be Your Girl”, and “Good Mother”

1994

Arden wins her first JUNO Awards: Best New Solo Artist and Best Video

1996

Arden performs on Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Rosie O’Donnell Show

1997

Arden hosts The 1997 JUNO Awards. She would later return to co-host with Jon Montgomery in 2016.

2002

Arden publishes her first memoir, If I Knew, Don’t You Think I’d Tell You? 

2013

Arden receives the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal at a ceremony in Toronto

2018

Arden is appointed to the Order of Canada.

2019

JANN, starring a fictionalized version of Arden, premieres on CTV