Jann Arden is a Canadian singer, songwriter, author, and television personality. Known for her versatile talents, she has pioneered in every discipline of her career.
She has been awarded several times honoring her contribution, including 8 Juno Awards for Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year in 1997 and 2016; 10 SOCAN Awards; 4 Western Canadian Music Awards; and 3 Prairie Music Awards. Additionally, she was also honored with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Jann Arden’s Bio: Age, Family
Jann Arden was born as Jann Arden Anne Richards on 27th March 1962 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. However, she grew up in Springbank, Alberta, after her family moved there when she was a child. There, she attended Springbank Community High School.
Jann is the second child amongst three children of her parents; her two brothers are Pat and Duray. Sadly, both of her parents have passed away—her mother died after long suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, whereas her father died due to dementia.
Jann Arden stands at a height of 5 feet and 6 inches (1.66 meters).
Sexuality / Dating Talks
Jann Arden is openly bisexual.
She first opened about her sexuality to her parents when she was nineteen years old. She had phoned her parents crying about a breakup with her girlfriend, only a little while after she had dated a guy. That moment, her parents supported her and helped her to realize that she was a normal person.
Jann Arden with Cynthia Loyst on 23rd November 2019 (Source: Jann Arden's Facebook)
Hence, she rarely got troubled for her sexual identity since early adulthood because of her supportive parents.
Moreover, she doesn't hesitate to talk about her sexuality and goes easy on her love interests, which shifts her constantly from one sexual identity to another. Speaking on the same matter with CTV News, on 20th March 2019, she said,
“I'm a fluid person, I always have been. If someone shuttled me into a room and said, 'Go pick one of those words (gay, straight or bisexual), Jann,' I'd be like, 'Can I just have all the words?"
Although Jann has dated both boyfriends and girlfriends, she has kept details of her relationships private for the sake of her partners.
- As a singer: Jann Ardem released her debut album Time For Mercy in 1993 featuring the hit single, I Would Die For You. Next year, she released her second album titled Living Under June, which proved to be her big break in the music industry with the hit single, Insensitive. Until now, she has released 14 albums with 19 top ten singles.
- As an author: She has released the paperback version of the Canadian bestseller, Feeding My Mother – Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss on 2nd April 2019. Other than that, she has also released books like "If I Knew, Don’t You Think I’d Tell You," "I’ll Tell You One Damn Thing, That’s All I Know," and her bestselling self-written memoir, "Falling Backwards."
- As a TV Personality: She has appeared in several TV shows including as a judge on Global TV’s Canada Sings in 2011, as a narrator in popular TV program, ER Vets (2010-2011), as Jane Carlson in the TV show, Working’ Moms and as narrator in the TV show, Growing Together with Jann Arden (2019).
- As a Philanthropist: She has done several philanthropic works, including World Vision—she performed in Live 8, and the MAC Cosmetics Fashion Cares AIDS benefit. She has also supported Gilds's Club in Toronto.