42 | 2016 | ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR | Jann Arden | | The JUNO Awards

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jann Arden released her first-ever Christmas album, A Jann Arden Christmas, October 30, via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.

One would be forgiven for wondering if Arden hadn’t made a Christmas record already – it seems such a natural idea for the JUNO Award-winning artist, whose 20+ year, 1.5-million selling, 12-album career has made such a mark on Canadian culture. As she tells it, the time was right to do so now. “I always wanted to make a Christmas record, and I wanted to do something really, really special and timeless. There are Christmas albums that I listen to year after year: the Carpenters, Streisand, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald – these records were the soundtracks to such wonderful memories and happy times.”