Jann Arden doesn’t believe in barriers. Not only does she have a successful career in music, but she’s also authored multiple books, and is now starring in a new TV show.
It’s appropriately called Jann. The 56-year-old Calgary native will get a national platform to flex her comedic chops in this fictionalized version of herself.
Arden’s character will also be a singer-songwriter who is trying to navigate her career while tending to her mother’s dementia. The storyline parallels Arden’s own experience dealing with her mother’s Alzheimer’s as she detailed in her book, Feeding My Mother.
Jann is slated to premiere later this year.
Since her debut album Time For Mercy in 1993, Arden has collected a commendable amount of awards and accolades. Her first single “I Would Die for You” won the Juno Award for Video of the Year at the 1994 Juno Awards. She quickly followed it u with 1994’s Arden’s Living Under June, featuring “Insensitive”, which topped the Canadian RPM Singles Chart and peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.
“Could I Be Your Girl” won the 1995 Juno Award for Single of the Year. Living Under June was eventually certified 5x Platinum in her home country.
Over her 12 studio albums, 10 have been certified at least Gold in Canada for sales of 50,000 units or more.
Outside of music, Arden has written four books: If I Knew, Don’t You Think I’d Tell You? (2002), I’ll Tell You One Damn Thing, and That’s All I Know! (2004), Falling Backwards (2011) and Feeding My Mother (2017).
In 2018, she also started her own podcast The Business Of Life co-hosted by Arlene Dickinson, discussing topics like relationships and more.