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Sass Jordan has evolved from young rocker to VJ to successful songwriter to actor to "Canadian Idol" judge, along the way establishing herself as an award-winning, platinum-selling solo artist. She'll bring her lovely self to North Tonawanda's Gateway Park for a free show as part of the Molson Canal Concert Series (canalconcerts.com) at 5:30 Saturday night. She spoke on the phone, sounding happy, mature and confident.

>You are performing live after taking time off due to the demands of "Canadian Idol." On your Web site (sassjordan.com) you say that you truly look forward to live shows. What do you love about them?

The energy and the connection with a lot of people at one time. It's the most incredible feeling -- you become sort of like an energy junkie.

>You also mention that you are entering the "best time of your artistic life." Does this coincide with your "real" life?

Yes, my artistic life is real life. They are connected. As an artist, it would be odd if you weren't always entering the best part of your life. You expand as an individual, and your knowledge and outlook are reflected in your art.

>You write and perform in a variety of styles. What genre is your most influential?

I'm not so much inspired by a style of music, but a style of passion, that other artists put into their work. I do have a strong affinity with Southern rock or blues-rock. And my favorite singer growing up was Bad Company's Paul Rodgers.

>Your cover of "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" is very passionate. What does it mean to you?

That whole version of that song was an accident. At first, the same disappointing thing happened as when I wanted to cover Rod Stewart. It just sounded like John Fogerty's version, but with a girl singing. But then, the drummer started playing a beat and a rhythm, the guitar came in, and I started singing. It was magical and amazing.

It's difficult to say in words what I am singing about. It's a vibration -- an angst about being human. A feeling like regret, that uniquely human emotion, and one I'm familiar with. Not that I have regrets day after day, but that I wonder, "What would have happened?" When you come to a fork in your life, you take one side, and you are always curious -- what if you had gone the other way? Not that it would have been better, just different.

-- Jana Eisenberg, Special to The News

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