Artist: Sass Jordan, Album: Tell Somebody, Song: So Hard
Sass Jordan is a musician from Montreal, Quebec. She was actually born in England but her parents immigrated to Canada when she was very young. Sass played in a number of bands early in her career. She also contributed to recordings by artists like Michael Breen (see blog 10/23/10) and The Box (see blog 8/31/10) before embarking on her own solo career. The first time I likely saw her was in the video for The Box's Closer Together. She performed in their band for a short time. In 1988, she captured national and perhaps international attention, with her debut, Tell Somebody. It was a pop friendly rock album that featured some awesome up tempo tracks like Double Trouble and this hit So Hard. I absolutely love the guitar intro to this song. I do remember seeing Sass live at Ontario Place in support of this album way back in the day. I also played this album front to back many, many times. This debut would also win her the Juno for Most Promising Female Vocalist in 1989. Sass would further entrench her status in rock music with her next, grittier release entitled, Racine. I believe her albums have achieved both platinum and gold status. She has also toured with bands like Aerosmith and Cheap Trick. She even performed a duet with Joe Cocker for the movie soundtrack, The Bodyguard, featuring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. More recently, Sass performed as a judge on the Canadian version of American Idol and in 2009, released her 8th album. You can check out the song, So Hard, on You Tube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0vMYYGjs2k). You can follow Sass Jordan at http://www.sassjordan.com/. The album, Tell Somebody, is available for download from Itunes. Thanks for reading and enjoy!