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NEW ALBUM: JANN ARDEN | DESCENDANT

Canadian musician Jann Arden said writing her newest album in the middle of the pandemic gave her "a lot of time to be reflective." The writing process for her newly released album "Descendant," Arden's 15th studio album, began in the spring of 2020, in the early days of the global outbreak of COVID-19. Arden said the concept for "Descendant" was born out of those connections to her family, including her mother, who has Alzheimer's, and the strong women who came before her. But those pining for a new project by order of Canada recipient and eight-time Juno Award winner had their hunger appeased and one that sounds relatively different from what you might expect from the musician who gave us such classics as “I Would Die for You,” “Could I Be Your Girl,” “Good Mother” and “Insensitive.” There’s a flow to such tracks as “Unbreakable” and “Moonbow” that permeates the uplifting arrangements, although not all of the songs are necessarily positive in their lyrics. Produced by Bob Rock, Russell Broom and Jann Arden, "Descendant" arrives as a 15-song collection representing the last 18 months of Arden’s life and headspace. A bold, beautiful, and empowering sound of Jann Arden, "Descendant" signifies a return to form, reflecting on where she came from and where she is headed. The album is preceded by the heartfelt song “Steady On.”