Sass Jordan – The Queen of Canadian Rock
Sass Jordan – The Queen of Canadian rock and four time Juno Award winner, is currently on tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of her album Racine, The Times had a chance to speak with Sass Jordan and she shared with us her humour, and kick ass attitude! Prior to releasing her first album as a singer, Sass Jordan was a backup vocalist for The Box. She also was a songwriter for other artists, most notably writing Michael Breen’s hit single “Rain”.
She released her debut album, Tell Somebody, in 1988, and had hit singles in Canada with “Double Trouble” and “Stranger Than Paradise”.”
In 1989, her cover of the rhythm & blues song “Rescue Me” was featured on the soundtrack to the film American Boyfriends.
She followed up in 1992 with Racine, and had further hits with “Make You a Believer”, “I Want to Believe”, “You Don’t Have to Remind Me” and “Goin’ Back Again” In the same year, Jordan performed a duet with Joe Cocker for the soundtrack of the motion picture The Bodyguard.
Racine revisited is a collection of songs from her 1992 album that is highlighted on this current tour.
It’s all about Music Therapy and for Sass going back to her roots.
You’re currently on the road, celebrating Racine 25th, any highlights so far during this tour?
“Montreal and Racine Revisited resonates in many ways and is a form of therapy for me. I love watching the audience emotions like laughter, crying. It really makes me happy to know that my songs affect people in different ways. It is essentially going back to the roots and to the beginning of my career’’
What is your favourite song from Racine and why?
That is a very difficult question as all the songs I wrote are my babies. One that really stands out is “Make You A Believer” It was a catalyst for the rest of the record, back in the days when we had to make an album. Nowadays it’s so different. All the songs were part of a whole. It was a root feeling hence its title. Racine.
You have collaborated with quite a few greats does anyone stand out in particular?
There have been so many including Santana, Aerosmith, Joe Cocker. I am married to a musician and we all understand that we do not have a 9-5 job.
You grew up in Montreal; do you remember your first gig?
Honestly I don’t remember, but I do remember practicing and writing up songs in Westmount Park, playing the acoustic guitar and songs from Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt. Of course we started playing for free but we also have to make money. We did play at the Maples Inn in Point Claire.
What part of the city did you grow up?
Near Sherbrooke and Claremont in Westmount.
Would you live back in Montreal again?
Never say never! Shit happens along the way and everything might change, but to be honest I would love to live in the Cayman Islands.
I read that Tears for Fears, Ozzy, Foreigner iron Maiden have been your influence any song that stands out from them?
Yes, but my favourite is Craig Allman Southern Blood. It’s haunting and glorious produced by Don Waz who I have collaborated with. Don Waz has a song on My Damn Channel – How Do I Get It Right. Also check out Colin Lynde, Old Church from Nashville.
You were one of the judges on Canadian Idol. Why did it just end?
Idol cost lots of money to produce and lasted 6 seasons which was a terrific run for CTV. They also had to spend lots of money to be associated with the American version and use their name. It was best to go out on a high note.
You don’t have the Order of Canada yet? Well you should!
No, you need to be sponsored and I prefer to have a Sir title, LOL!
What’s next for you?
We will be touring for most of 2018 and adding new dates.
Sass Jordan will bring her Racine Revisited Tour to:
L’Astral January 28th. Doors open at 8:00pm
305 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest,
Montréal, QC H2X 2A3