Jordan performing live in 2010
|Born||23 December 1960|
|Origin||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, actress, television personality|
|Labels||Aquarius Records, MapleMusic Recordings, Impact Records|
|Sass Jordan on her musical influences|
|My biggest influences were males. I never really liked female rock singers. I really like bluesy type stuff. My favorite female vocalists are people like Bonnie Raitt and of course all of the black singers like Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin, but that’s a whole other genre and if I could have sung like that, you would never have caught me dead doing this. The male singers who were my biggest influences were people like Steven Tyler, Robert Palmer and Paul Rodgers. These guys have such command of rhythm and it is rhythm that makes a great singer, just like it is rhythm makes a great guitar player or a great bass player or a great drummer. It is astounding how underrecognized that is. It is all about rhythm, freezing rhythm and timing. Obviously pitch and the ability to turn a phrase that matters too, but it is rhythm. You can find that artificially in this day and age with technology like beat detective and with the recording technique, so you can move the track over slightly, so it melds in the pocket, mathematically, but a true singer does it naturally. We didn’t have that technology when I started out or when any of the guys that were my biggest influences Lou Graham, Robin Zander, Rod Stewart and Lowell George, the slide guitar player from Little Feat started out.|
The daughter of French-born literary professor Albert Jordan and his English-born wife Jean Lanceman (a former ballerina), Sass Jordan at three months of age moved with her family from her native Birmingham to France, then at age three moved with her family to Westmount on the Island of Montreal, her father being a professor at Concordia University.
Jordan, who was first inspired to pursue a musical career by hearing The Band's 1969 track "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" on the radio, has cited as among her primary musical influences Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, David Bowie, Tears For Fears, Anthrax and American soul singer Al Green.
In her early teens, Jordan would regularly sing and play guitar with a group of friends in Westmount Park and, leaving her parental home at age 14 around the time of her parents' marital split, was by the age of 16 performing in bands which played clubs in downtown Montreal, eventually playing as vocalist/bassist for high-profile local band The Pinups.
In 1986, Jordan made her recording debut on the Bündock album Mauve as co-lead vocalist on the track "Come On (Baby Tonight)", which also evidently marked the change of her professional name from Sass Turner to Sass Jordan. Working as a session vocalist for other Montreal-based acts, notably for The Box on their 1987 album Closer Together, Jordan also had local acts record songs she'd written: Michael Breen recorded two songs he'd written with Jordan - including the Canadian hit single "Rain" - for his 1987 self-titled album.
Jordan's debut album, Tell Somebody, was released in 1988 on Atlantic Records, generating the Canadian chart hit singles "Tell Somebody", "Double Trouble", "Stranger Than Paradise", and "So Hard". During the 1988-89 chart run of "So Hard", Jordan was also represented on the Canadian chart with her remake of the 1965 R&B classic "Rescue Me", which had been recorded for the soundtrack of the film American Boyfriends.
Although the US release of the Tell Somebody album on Atlantic Records was overlooked, Jordan would eventually record two albums in Los Angeles for MCA Records. The first, Racine (1992), would be Jordan's biggest-seller with global sales estimated at 450,000 units - 100,000 of them in Canada, and yielded Jordan further Canadian hits with "Make You a Believer", "I Want to Believe", "You Don't Have to Remind Me" and "Goin’ Back Again", which first two tracks also ranked in the Mainstream Rock chart in Billboard magazine.
Also in 1992, Jordan recorded the duet "Trust in Me" with Joe Cocker for the motion picture The Bodyguard, whose star Kevin Costner happened to hear Jordan on his car radio: (Sass Jordan quote:) "next thing I know I’m in the studio singing my part” (Jordan added her vocal to a track on which Cocker had already sung his part: the two singers would not actually meet for a few years). The soundtrack album for The Bodyguard would sell in excess of 27 million units worldwide.
Her 1994 album release Rats (1994) has been cited by Jordan as her favorite album and yielded her Billboard Hot 100 debut via the single "Sun's Gonna Rise". However, Rats failed to build on the momentum of Racine, with Jordan subsequently dropped from the MCA roster. Jordan recorded again for Aquarius Records, acquiescing to the label's request for a more mainstream sound for the albums Present (1997) and Hot Gossip (2000), neither of which received significant attention - (Jordan quote:) "Those are probably my least favourite records......I think there’s some great songs, I just don’t like the production at all.” 
|Sass Jordan quoted in the Hamilton Spectator 27 June 2007|
|If you love music and you've been around as long as I have, you pretty much do what you got to do. [I don't] make records to sell anymore. Nobody bloody buys them. I am in the indescribably enviable position of being able to make records here and there if I feel like it. It certainly isn't going to be a living. But I love music. I am a huge, gigantic fan.|
Jordan played the lead role of Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway hit Love, Janis in 2001, guest starred on Sisters and Corner Gas, and performed in the Toronto and Winnipeg productions of The Vagina Monologues.
In 2003, Jordan served as a judge on the inaugural season of Canadian Idol and remained until 2008 throughout the series' run. Her Idol gig encouraged Jordan to return to recording in 2006, with the album release Get What You Give recorded at the Nashville studio of Colin Linden, who served as producer. In 2008, her husband Derek Sharp produced the sessions for Jordan's 2009 album release From Dusk 'til Dawn.
In 2011, Jordan recorded the studio project album S.U.N. Something Unto Nothing, which also featured Brian Tichy and Michael Devin of Whitesnake, and also Tommy Stewart. In 2017 – 25 years after the released of her Racine album - Jordan recorded Racine Revisited featuring remakes of all the tracks on her original 1992 album: (Jordan quote:): "we push [the sound] back [to] the Misty Mountain Hop days of the 1970s and make it as if we were actually recording in the 1970s. We would all live together in the studio and record live off the floor [without] Autotune or click track or anything like that". Jordan has announced plans to record a new album for 2018 release.
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|Get What You Give||—||—|
|From Dusk 'Til Dawn||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|CAN||CAN AC||US||US AC||US|
|1988||"Tell Somebody"||11||—||—||—||—||Tell Somebody|
|"Stranger Than Paradise"||36||—||—||—||—|
|"Rescue Me"||44||—||—||—||—||American Boyfriends (soundtrack)|
|1992||"Make You a Believer"||12||—||—||—||11||Racine|
|"I Want to Believe"||16||20||—||—||—|
|"You Don't Have to Remind Me"||15||—||—||—||12|
|"Goin' Back Again"||14||—||—||—||—|
|1993||"Who Do You Think You Are"||37||—||—||—||—|
|1994||"High Road Easy"||9||—||—||—||6||Rats|
|"Sun's Gonna Rise"||7||—||86||36||—|
|1997||"Do What I Can"||20||6||—||—||—||Present|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.|
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