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Juno Award-winning artist has made a living singing, performing, writing and recording music internationally for the past thirty years. She is an internationally recognized singer/songwriter who has sold over one million CDs worldwide.

Winner of Billboard's Best Female Rock Vocalist award, the bilingual Montrealer has toured and/or worked with many music heavyweights, including Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Van Halen, Carlos Santana and Joe Cocker.

In 1992, Jordan performed a duet with Joe Cocker for the soundtrack of the motion picture The Bodyguard, starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, which sold more than 27 million copies worldwide. Her songs have been featured on numerous television shows, including Melrose Place, Party Of Five, Baywatch and Knightrider.

Also an accomplished actress, she starred in the lead role of Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway hit, "Love Janis." Jordan has guest starred on NBC's Sisters and was featured in the Toronto and Winnipeg productions of "The Vagina Monologues."

In 2003, she took on judging duties on the TV ratings blockbuster, Canadian Idol – the same year she shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and others as part of the history-making SARS relief concert in Toronto.

She started as a young teenager in her hometown of Montreal, Quebec, and although her professional journey has led her to many different branches of entertainment, such as the stage and screen, she has never abandoned her heart, the sound and soul of music.

Sass Jordan’s breakout major-label masterpiece, Racine, was re-imagined and released as Racine Revisited, a brilliant record with updated versions of each song last September 15 (2017).

This classic album signified an evolution for Jordan and a critical turning point in her career, reaching #2 on the Billboard US Heat Album Chart, the highest position so far in her esteemed career.

Racine was released March 31, 1992, just a few weeks after Jordan entered the spotlight with her 4 Top 15 Canadian hits "I Want to Believe", "Goin' Back Again”, “Make You a Believer”, and "You Don't Have to Remind Me", with the latter two hitting #11 and #12, respectively on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. With the resources of her new label MCA Records and the help of producer Rick Neigher, Jordan embraced the opportunity to create a brassy, swaggering nugget of electric barroom crunch that draws from the same well as Rod Stewart and The Faces. Racine found Jordan with swagger to spare, barbed one-liners, and shades of rich, spirited rock.

Universally hailed upon release, Racine topped the critics best of lists in 1992 and continues to resonate on rock radio, 25 years later. So, why go back? As Jordan says in her own words, the album’s release date is “A milestone for any musical recording that sold as much as it did. So, we decided to throw a year long celebration in it’s honour, which gives all the fans a chance to connect and reminisce about where you were, what you were doing, and how far you’ve come since then.”

Jordan explains this was not a throwaway idea. “Re-recording such a landmark album was not a venture that we took lightly, because once you release your music to the world, it becomes the emotional property of anyone who connects with it, and rightly so. We wanted to be true to the original recording, but to do something we had never heard of before.”

That doesn’t mean using updated technologies or in-fashion sounds of today. Jordan says, “Instead of doing the obvious, and updating the vibe, and making it all shiny, sparkly, hissy and huge – why don’t we recreate the record as if we were IN the ‘70’s, and try to make it sound like it would have if it had been recorded during that seminal decade – where the original recording drew its roots from? What would THAT be like?”

With an all-star and confident cast of Rudy Sarzo on bass, Brent Fitz on drums and percussion, Chris Caddell on guitars and Derek Sharp on guitars, keyboards and production duty, one listen and you’ll know this were the combo that made sense for this delicate undertaking.

What you hear in Racine Revisited is what happened – no click tracks and no auto-tune. This record was made with great care and precision to be played LOUD and PROUD.