Friends Jann Arden and Sarah Brightman Join Music Legend Anne Murray on The 2008 JUNO Awards

February 21, 2008
CTV and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today that Calgary native and national darling Jann Arden and international sensation Sarah Brightman have been added to the performance line-up for The 2008 JUNO Awards broadcast on CTV. Arden and Brightman will each share the stage with Canadian icon Anne Murray for duet performances during the broadcast. Hosted by Russell Peters, The 2008 JUNO Awards airs Sunday, April 6 on CTV from Calgary’s Pengrowth Saddledome.

Both Arden and Brightman are featured guest performers on Anne Murray’s most recent album, Duets: Friends & Legends – a collection of Murray’s greatest hits re-recorded as duets with some of her favourite women of song. The album, Murray’s 35th to-date, went double platinum in just six weeks and debuted at No. 4 on the Top 200 SoundScan Chart in Canada, making it her highest debut in over 20 years.

Arden and Brightman join Murray and five other acts filling out The JUNO Awards line-up for the CTV broadcast, including previously announced performers Avril Lavigne, Feist, Finger Eleven, Measha Brueggergosman and Michael Bublé. Additions to the superstar roster will continue to be announced as the broadcast nears.

About Jann Arden
Calgary’s very own Jann Arden continues to be an icon of the Canadian entertainment industry. In February 2007, Arden released her ninth album, Uncover Me, a collection of her favorite songs, including the Top 10 singles “At Seventeen” and “Son of a Preacher Man”. Uncover Me debuted at No.1 on the Digital SoundScan Chart and was certified platinum in April 2007. Among the list of many critically acclaimed and platinum-selling albums includes the two-times platinum, Greatest Hurts (2001), two-times platinum, Happy? (1997), and the five-times platinum, Living Under June (1994). Arden has continued to tour at an unstoppable pace. Her 2007 Uncover Me Tour, visited 23 cities, performing 31 shows to sold-out crowds across Canada, becoming one of North America’s most successful tours that year. This past summer, Arden returned to the U.S. with Canadian crooner Michael Bublé and continues to add more concert dates into 2008 .With nine CDs, 17 Top 10 singles, a substantial collection of industry-related awards and honors including a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and eight JUNO Award wins, Arden is also busy with acting, writing, producing and charity work (including national spokesperson for Kids Help Phone and active supporter of World Vision).

About Sarah Brightman
Genre-defying Sarah Brightman has achieved spectacular crossover success and established herself as the world’s best-selling soprano of all time. Her newest album, Symphony, brought Brightman her highest chart debuts ever in both Canada (No. 4) and the U.S. (No. 13) this year. Symphony offers an enchanting and exhilarating experience for the senses. Many first fell in love with Brightman during her successful stage career, when she starred in hit musical productions like The Phantom of the Opera. She has since released several gold and platinum albums, such as Time to Say Goodbye (which included the title’s best-selling duet with tenor Andrea Bocelli), La Luna, Classics and Harem. Her exquisite voice and undeniably electrifying stage presence have resulted in massive record-breaking tours and sales of more than 26 million albums and two million DVDs. Brightman is one of the most trailblazing entertainers, effortlessly transcending and blending musical styles from pop, rock, and Broadway show-stoppers, to operatic and classical arias.

About Anne Murray
Anne Murray’s most recent album, Duets: Friends & Legends, is a collection of her hits re-recorded as duets with some of her favourite women of song including; Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Nelly Furtado, Jann Arden, Sarah Brightman, k.d. lang, and Anne’s daughter, Dawn Langstroth. Duets: Friends & Legends, Anne’s 35th album to-date, went double platinum in just six weeks and debuted at No. 4 on the Top 200 Soundscan Chart in Canada, making it her highest debut in over 20 years.

Recognized worldwide as one of Canada’s most enduring national treasures, Anne’s signature voice has graced the airwaves with a catalogue of hits, such as “A Little Good News”, “You Needed Me”, “Love Song”, “Could I Have This Dance” and of course, “Snowbird”. Anne Murray has garnered countless accolades and awards over the course of her illustrious career, including four Grammy Awards and numerous Country Music Association Awards. With 24 JUNO Awards, Anne still holds the record for the most Juno’s awarded to an artist. Over her forty-year career Anne has sold in excess of 50 million albums.

Hosted by Russell Peters, The 2008 JUNO Awards, Canada’s Music Awards, will air on CTV on Sunday, April 6 from the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. It is the seventh year in a row that The JUNO Awards will air on CTV, the official broadcast partner of the JUNO Awards. Since CTV joined forces with CARAS in 2002, The JUNO Awards has travelled across Canada, bringing a live, electrifiying stadium show to million of Canadians. Since going live from St. John’s in 2002, CTV has broadcast The JUNO Awards from Ottawa (2003), Edmonton (2004), Winnipeg (2005), Halifax (2006) and Saskatoon (2007). Previous hosts of The JUNO Awards on CTV include Nelly Furtado (2007), Pamela Anderson (2006), Brent Butt (2005), Alanis Morissette (2004), Shania Twain (2003) and Barenaked Ladies (2002).

The 2008 JUNO Awards is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive producers are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Productions and Melanie Berry and Stephen Stohn for CARAS. Louise Wood is Producer and Donna Luke is

Line Producer. Ed Robinson is Executive Vice-President, Programming, CTV. Susanne Boyce is President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

Sponsors of the 2008 JUNO Awards include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, The Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary, Tourism Calgary, Calgary Arts Development and Radio Starmaker Fund.

Broadcast sponsors for The 2008 JUNO Awards are Pontiac, Doritos, TD Canada Trust and Rogers.

Sunday, April 6 on CTV

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