Monday, September 5, 2011

Marc Jordan

Another Canadian talent. You may not know his name, but you have probably heard his music. Marc Jordan (born 1947), is a Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer, session musician, and actor. Covering a wide variety of genres, he has written songs for a number of well-known artists, including Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Cher, Bette Midler, and Josh Groban. He was named best producer with Steven MacKinnon at the Juno Awards in 1994 for "Waiting For A Miracle" from Reckless Valentine. He wrote and performed the songs "Marina Del Ray" and "Survival" and wrote a huge hit for Rod Stewart, "Rhythm of My Heart". He is currently touring with Lunch At Allen's, which includes Ian Thomas, Murray McLauchlan, and Cindy Church.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Aldo Nova

Aldo Nova is a Canadian guitarist, producer, singer born in Montreal. Aldo gained fame in 1981 with his self-titled debut album, which contained the single "Fantasy" which reached #23 on Billboard. It had two singles: "Fantasy" and "Foolin' Yourself". "Fantasy" made him what some would call a one hit wonder. His next album, Subject...Aldo Nova had a minor hit with "Monkey on Your Back," but his solo career flagged and he became a player and songwriter for other bands. He worked with Jon Bon Jovi in both the early and late 1980s and produced some early CĂ©line Dion albums. Nova co-wrote the hit song "A New Day Has Come" for Dion and has been featured playing guitar, synthesizer, and percussion on her records. He also wrote her Your Light and I Can't Fight The Feelin'. He helped write and produce parts of Chantal Condor's 1989 album, Chantal. In 1991, Nova sought the help of Bon Jovi to revive his solo career on his release Blood on the Bricks, but it still only managed to chart at number 124.

As a songwriter, Nova's recent hits include Clay Aiken's "This is the Night" (co-written with Chris Braide and Gary Burr), which in the US was a number one hit and the best selling single of 2003. Some would call him the Canadian Bon Jovi, he had some great music back in the day. It's a shame he didn't get more airplay, I think he could have been as big as anything.