April 29, 2014 11:42 am

WATCH: Jann Arden talks about songwriting, performance anxiety

ABOVE: Watch Jann Arden on Global’s The Morning Show.

TORONTO — Singer Jann Arden is guaranteed to be thrilled with the sales of her new album Everything Almost — because her expectations are decidedly modest.

“We’re hoping to sell 70 copies of it,” she joked. “So if you can help…”

Everything Almost is the 12th studio album from the 52-year-old Alberta native, who still calls Springbank home.

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Appearing on Global’s The Morning Show, Arden said the album appeals to fans of the deeply personal songs for which she is known.

“I’m still writing about relationships,” she explained. “I steal from a lot of people that are kind of having rough times around me in my life.”

Arden said she still loves the process of crafting songs.

“The only reason I’ve even stayed in it this long is because of writing,” she said. “It’s supposed to be enjoyable. It’s supposed to be something really exciting — and it is.

“It’s not rocket science. It’s literally about making up songs and having fun and enjoying myself and enjoying my family.”

Arden admitted she prefers writing and recording to performing live in front of an audience.

“I get scared senseless. I really get quite panic-stricken,” she said. “At one point I thought I should pack it in but then the doctor said ‘there [are] things you can take.'” (The singer said she deals with the anxiety with some help from Ativan.)

Arden will kick off an 18-city Canadian tour in Victoria, B.C. on Sept. 4 that ends in Halifax on Sept. 30.

After a long and successful career, Arden said she doesn’t feel as if she has changed.

“You just get older and you find grey hairs on your back and you just pray that it’s someone else’s,” she joked.

“No, hopefully, you get a little easier on yourself.”

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