JANN ARDEN’S LONG ROAD: ENTERTAINER OPENS UP ABOUT TUMULTUOUS CHILDHOOD, IMPRISONED BROTHER, FINDING HERSELF

Music icon says she's finally at peace with who she is

Entertainer and author Jann Arden, right, chats with CBC's Adrienne Arsenault as they walk down a country road near Arden's home west of Calgary. (Sean Brocklehurst/CBC)

“Welcome to Jann’s road,” says Arden, as she leads us down a secluded, snow covered gravel road outside her home in the countryside west of Calgary.

“I love getting out here and walking. It is usually quiet. I’ve found underpants along here,” she says, pointing to the side of the path without changing her tone or cracking a smile.

“You know, old country roads …”

That dry wit has endeared Arden to fans for years. So too has her humility and honesty, both providing the foundation for a catalogue of songs that helped define Canadian music in the ’90s.

After 40 singles, 16 albums and nearly three decades of writing and performing heart-wrenching hits like InsensitiveI Would Die For You, and Good Mother, Arden has cemented her place in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The official induction ceremony was to take place March 15 at the Juno Awards in Saskatoon, but the awards were cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19.

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