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Morissette proves she possesses a wealth of insight and an
off-kilter sense of humor that's at once untainted and mature.
"People have always said I was an old soul,"
says Alanis. "They said I was always a little more intense and
introspective than everyone was used to seeing girls be, so they didn't
know where to categorize me." It all boils down to this one fact:
"I want to walk though life instead of being dragged through
The native of Ottawa, Canada uses her own experiences from a Catholic
school upbringing, to her many travels through Europe as a youth, to her
years as a teenager living alone in Toronto as a springboard for
some striking, universal statements.
Alanis Morissette has emerged as one of the
most distinctive and influential performers of the decade.
Along with counterparts Jewel and
Fiona Apple, Alanis Morissette was
one of the most successful singer/songwriters to ride in on the second
wave of grrrl rock in the mid-'90s. Alanis Nadine Morissette and her two
brothers were raised in Ottawa, Canada by French-Canadian and Hungarian
By the age of 10, the precocious Morissette had landed a role
on the Nickelodeon TV show "You Can't Do That on Television"
and recorded her first single, "Fate Stay With Me." She spent
most of her pre-pubescent years performing throughout Canada, singing
"O Canada" at sporting events and even making the de rigueur
appearance on "Star Search." The hard work paid off and at 14 Morissette was offered a recording
contract with MCA/Canada. Her debut, "Alanis," a collection of
dance-pop songs, was released in 1991 and went platinum in Canada. That
year, Morissette won the Juno award (Canada's Grammy) for Most Promising
Her sophomore effort, 1992's "Now Is the Time," was
recorded and released before Morissette graduated from high school.
However, this album another collection of teeny bop dance tunes
sold only half as well as her debut, and at age 17 it looked as if
Morissette's career was on the wane. After high school, Morissette moved
to Los Angeles where she had the good fortune to hook up with
songwriter/producer Glen Ballard, known for his work with Michael
Jackson, Paula Abdul and
Wilson Phillips. The creative chemistry between
Ballard and Morissette was evident from the beginning. Ballard pushed
Alanis Morissette to pursue darker, edgier themes in her music, venturing away
from the cutesy teenager and toward the introspective young woman.
"Most of the songs are, in a roundabout way, actually addressed
to myself," says Morissette of her work with Ballard at this time.
"There's a certain aspect of the songs that's very confessional,
very unadulterated...It was a very unfettered, spiritual
The resulting demo tape was shopped around to the major labels and
Madonna's Maverick imprint eventually signed Morissette. "Jagged
Little Pill," was released in the summer of 1995. On the
strength of the break-out single "You Oughta Know," the album
reached platinum status and the Top 10. Follow-up singles "Hand in
My Pocket," "All I Really Want" and "Ironic"
Little Pill" on the album charts the next two
years, ultimately selling 28 million copies worldwide.
Alanis Morissette was showered with industry awards for "Jagged
Little Pill," including Grammys for Album of the Year, Best
Female Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album. Her
much-anticipated follow-up, "Supposed
Former Infatuation Junkie," was released in November 1998 on
Maverick and has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. After
finishing a tour with Tori Amos, Alanis Morissette headed to New
Zealand and Australia for a month-long tour, though she took time out to
tape an episode of "MTV Unplugged."
Hits include: "Hand In My Pocket", "Hands Clean",
"Head Over Feet", "Ironic", "Jagged Little Pill",
"Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie", "Thank U",
"Uninvited", "You Learn", "You Oughta Know",
"Unsent", "Everything", "Precious Illusions",
"Crazy", "Underneath", "All I Really Want",
"Eight Easy Steps", "Joining You", "So Pure",
"That I Would Be Good", "Guardian".
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