Jann Arden, musician and author

A fun interview with Canadian musician Jann Arden. The prolific singer-songwriter talks music and chats up her 2004 collection of published personal journals.

This article was published in the print edition of Popjournalism magazine, and is currently available as paywalled content on Artsculture.ca

Normally, Jann Arden is a great interview. She’s chatty, surprising and always funny. But today, she can’t help but feel a little uneasy.

The Calgary-based singer-songwriter is in Toronto for a few days to promote her new book — which we’ll get to later — and has just returned to her hotel room to do this interview. So far, so good. Then, the hotel’s fire alarms start to blare.

“Maybe I should put on my housecoat and some slippers and wait outside the lobby,” Arden says over the phone.

Arden guesses that the alarms are only being tested, but can’t be sure.

As she explains this, she sounds like she’s trying to remember the exit route posted on the back of her hotel room door.

“This could be my last interview,” she jokes. “Tell my family I loved them!”

In the end, there was no need. We’re happy to report that she survived the interview.

By now, every Canadian knows who Jann Arden is. After seven albums, Arden has established herself as a major homegrown talent, a radio mainstay known for her heartbreaking pop-rock hits.

She’s recently added the title of best-selling author to her list of accomplishments. Over the past few years, Arden has been publishing her personal journal entries on her website, JannArden.com. They’ve become such a successful feature that Canadian publisher Insomniac Press collected them for a book.

The first collection, If I Knew, Don’t You Think I’d Tell You?, sold 50,000 copies, spawning a sequel I’ll Tell You One Thing, and That’s All I Know which was released this September. In between fire alarms, we asked Arden about her journals, her music and other non-particulars.