November 29, 2004

SJP


Artist: Jordan, Sass




Born: December 23, 1962 in Birmingham, England.

Born in England, Jordan immigrated to Canada at an early age and grew up in Montreal, Quebec.

Her first band was called Sweet Thunder as a 16 year-old singing, swearing, bass player. She occasionally hung out with Montreal punks The Pinups who were touring as part of the Donald K. Donald stable around Quebec. She was noticed by DKD's Donald Tarlton who signed her to Aquarius Records. Struggling to develop a sound and identity she took odd jobs around Montreal including VJying on a local cable program.

She did session work with Paul Piche, The Box and writing the seminal Michael Breen hit "Rain" all the while working on her songs with songwriter/keyboardist Bill Beaudoin and producer Peter Bazinet. Their budget was minimal so they had to make do with keyboards and sequencers, the result of which was her 1988 debut 'Tell Somebody'.

The reaction to the album was strong enough to win her a coveted Most Promising Female Vocalist Juno in 1989. Attention from three singles worth of continuous airplay landed her a US distribution deal on Impact Records in time for her follow-up album 'Racine'.

The rootsier feel to 'Racine', with a real band on board and produced by co-writer Rick Neigher, spawned three hit singles in 1992. A backlash came in the form of copyright infringement charges from The Black Crowes but Jordan laughed off the accusations after the band also claimed she stole their wardrobe as well.

With tours behind the Arc Angels and Joe Cocker, Jordan landed steady work on a festival bill with Extreme, Bryan Adams and Steve Miller. Cocker felt her voice was quite compatible for his tune 'Trust In Me' and the song became an unexpected hit from the movie soundtrack to 'My Bodyguard'.

The financial returns on this smash hit afforded Jordan the ability to move to Los Angeles to record her next album with a full band once again - supplied by co-producer Stevie Salas. The guitar slinger incorporated his band, Colorcode, into 'Rats' and toured with Jordan under that name in 1994. The album produced major airplay (and sported guest appearances by George Clinton and Cheap Trick's Tom Petersson), but radio had suddenly become inundated with grunge acts and acoustic female acts leaving Jordan dangling in the wind. The album tanked after MCA Records (Aquarius' distributor) tried to sell Jordan as some kind of alternative grunge act.

During her tenure in LA, Jordan became friends with Eddie Van Halen who lived down the street from the singer and often went over to their rehearsal spot for frequent jams. Unbeknownst to Jordan, Van Halen was searching for a new lead singer and once this realization came up in conversation, Jordan put the brakes on and ensured Eddie that having a female vocalist would be the worst career move that Van Halen could make.

At the end of 1995 she severed ties with manager Lisa Janzen, and started writing again returning to work with 'Racine' producer Rick Neigher. She met her future husband in April 1996, found new management and moved back to Canada. In 1997 Jordan gave birth, prematurely, to a daughter, Stella Charlotte and released her 4th solo album, 'Present'.

In early 1998 she embarked on a tour to support the album with jaunts back to her home in Orangeville to be with her new family.

Jordan spent several seasons as resident judge on the CTV talent show ‘Canadian Idol before returning to performing and recording.

with notes from Alex T. Evelyn


Singles
1988 Tell Somebody/No More (Aquarius) AQ-6040
1989 Double Trouble/Hi Time Tonight (Aquarius) AQ-6044
1989 Double Trouble/Tell Somebody [12"] (Aquarius) 16044
1989 Stranger Than Paradise/Tell Somebody (Aquarius) AQ-6048
1989 So Hard/Double Trouble (Aquarius) AQ-6049
1992 Make You A Believer/Where There's A Will There's A Way (Impact/Island - US)
1992 You Don't Have To Remind Me/Make You A Believer [7"](Impact/Island - US) 54490
1992 Make You A Believer (Impact/Island - US) IPT5P-2193
1992 If You're Gonna Love Me (Impact/Island - US) IPT5P-2287
1992 Pissin' Down Again (Impact/Island - US) IPT5P-3023
1993 Who Do You Think You Are (Aquarius) DPRO-6060
1993 High Road Easy/Rescue Me/Big Blue Plantation/Funk 49 [CD-EP] EMI-8812312
1993 High Road Easy/Head (MCA - US) MCA-54799
1994 Son's Gonna Rise (MCA - US) MCA5P-3078
1994 Ugly (MCA - US) MCA5P-3095
1997 Do What I Can (Aquarius)
1998 Desire (Aquarius)
2009 Why Did You (Kindling/Fontana/WEA - US)

Albums
1988 Tell Somebody (Aquarius) AQR-552
1992 Racine (Aquarius) AQR-564
1994 Rats (Aquarius/EMI)
1997 Present (Aquarius) AQR-583
2001 Rough And Tough (EMI PLUS - EU) 576366-2
2004 Hot Gossip (Aquarius) AQR-594
2005 Best of Sass Jordan (Aquarius) AQR-609
2006 Get What You Give (Horizon) HRCD-8200
2009 From Dusk Til Dawn (Kindling/Fontana/WEA - US) BG-16029

Video
1988 Tell Somebody
1989 So Hard
1989 Double Trouble
1992 Make You A Believer
1994 High Road Easy

Compilation Tracks
as JOE COCKER & SASS JORDAN
1992 "Trust In Me" on 'The Bodyguard [Motion Picture Soundtrack]' (Arista) ARCD-8699

as SASS JORDAN & CARLOS SANTANA
1995 "Spanish Castle Magic" on 'In From the Storm: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix' (RCA/ Victor) 09026-68233-1





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