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Name: Maren Whitney Ord  
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Date of Birth: 28th February 1981
Place of Birth: Edmonton, Alberta
Profession: Singer
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Maren Ord.

Maren Whitney Ord (born February 28, 1981) is a Canadian singer-songwriter of rock and pop music.

Childhood and teenage career

Ord was born and grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, the eighth of ten children in a Latter-day Saint household. She grew up in a musical family; her father was a professor of music, her mother taught voice and piano, and the family toured and performed as the Ord Family Singers. Maren sang, learned piano from her mother, and would teach herself guitar at age 15.

At a 1998 audition for Lilith Fair, Ord met Canadian music impresario Terry McBride of the Vancouver-based record label and management company Nettwerk. She would be showcased at the music festival, and eventually take McBride as her manager.

In 1999, after her sister told her about a talent contest from Edmonton contemporary hit radio radio station Power 92; Maren entered four songs she had written that night, and two of them — "Eternity" and "Falling Slowly" — were recorded on the station's compilation CD, Power Picks Volume II.

The Nettwerk years and Waiting

Waiting, released to different markets between 2000 and 2002.

Once signed with McBride and Nettwerk, Ord continued to perform and record and embarked on years of progressive promotion, including use of her songs on several episodes of the American television series Felicity and her performance of the theme song to the 2000 motion picture Thomas and the Magic Railroad. Her debut album, Waiting, was produced by Stephen Hague and recorded in London, England and New York City.

On November 7, 2000, Highway Records released a special edition of Waiting to a Christian, predominantly Mormon, bookstore market; this edition featured a bonus track that would not appear on the general public release. Nettwerk's record company released Waiting in Canada on February 20, 2001.

While Ord was nominated for a Juno Award for Best New Artist, and her singles "Sarah" and "Perfect" were successful on Canadian radio, an anticipated U.S. and international release with Capitol/EMI in summer 2001 did not come through, and Nettwerk itself, not a major record label outside of Canada, released Waiting quietly in the United States on August 27, 2002.

A second beginning and Not Today

Not Today, released in 2004.

Ord parted ways with McBride and Nettwerk, and looked for another mass-market record company, but continued to work with Highway and its focus on the Mormon market for the September 22, 2004 release of her sophomore album, Not Today. Canadian music legend Randy Bachman (The Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive), also a Latter-day Saint, collaborated as co-writer, guitarist and producer for the album, which they recorded at Bachman's studio on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. Ord and Bachman had met on a music industry website.

She performed in two Mormon-themed movies: singing on on the soundtrack of the 2002 romantic comedy The Singles Ward, and acting, as Sariah Phelps, in the 2003 family comedy The R.M. (or The Returned Missionary).

Writing in Las Vegas Weekly (December 9, 2004), Richard Abowitz contended that Ord "is a more gifted musician than Alanis, sings a lot better than Michelle Branch and writes songs sharper than Pink and Avril combined."

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