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Alanis 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 it."
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 parents.
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."
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.
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" kept "Jagged 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",
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