Alanis Morissette
Canadian-American singer-songwriter
Alanis Morissette
Alanis Nadine Morissette is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer and actress. She has won 16 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and also shortlisted for an Academy Award nomination. Morissette began her career in Canada, and as a teenager recorded two dance-pop albums, Alanis and Now Is the Time, under MCA Records Canada. Her first international album was the rock-influenced Jagged Little Pill, released in 1995.
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Alanis Morissette reportedly robbed of $2M in jewelry
Fox News - 10 days
Alanis Morissette was the victim of burglars who made off with millions of dollars worth of her jewels.
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Alanis Morissette's Brentwood home is burglarized; thieves take safe containing $2 million in jewelry
LATimes - 10 days
Singer Alanis Morissette’s Brentwood mansion was broken into by burglars who made off with a safe containing $2 million in jewelry and other valuables, sources said. The break-in occurred last Thursday at the home in the 2000 block of North Tigertail Road, a mansion row in a tony section of Brentwood...
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Alanis Morissette’s Ex-Business Manager Admits Stealing Millions From Her
NYTimes - about 1 month
The manager, Jonathan Todd Schwartz, admitted in court documents that he had embezzled money from prominent clients.
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Bank Executive's Attempt To Keep DUI Out Of The Paper Backfires Spectacularly
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Never mind the fact that Alanis Morissette’s hit single “Ironic” is more than two decades old. We hereby declare it the (unauthorized and extremely unofficial) anthem of one Joseph Talbot, an upstate New York man whose attempts at hiding a drunk driving arrest have backfired spectacularly. New York State Police troopers arrested the 43-year-old bank executive for driving under the influence on Thursday. And, according to troopers, Talbot pitched a fit throughout the process: He called one trooper an “asshole” and accused the officer of trying to ruin his family. He also refused to be fingerprinted and photographed, police say, “because he did not wish to appear in the local paper.” As a result, officers tacked on a second-degree charge of obstructing governmental administration, then took him to the Wayne County Jail, where he was booked and photographed anyway. Talbot is scheduled to appear in the Town of Palmyra Court on Feb. 1. As Talbot feared, The Times of Wayne County ...
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3 surprising reasons why I'm thankful for my divorce
Huffington Post - 3 months
It's Thanksgiving. The time of year when we pause to remember and mark all the things in our life we are thankful for. I can count so many things this week as I pause to consider what I have to be thankful for. The blessings are way too numerous to count. But one of the things I'm thankful for this year? I'm thankful for my divorce and the many gifts hidden inside that darkness. I'm thankful for the friends and family that my divorce has actually brought me closer to. Sometimes, a difficult situation can bring people together, and my divorce has definitely brought me closer to several friends and family members who reached out during the stress of my divorce. Some had been through a divorce and understood how cut off and alone I felt. Others just sensed that I needed someone. I've reconnected with old friends and the bonds are even stronger because I've been so honest and raw about my train wreck of a life. And I met new people. In real life and online. I made fri ...
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The World Mourns Leonard Cohen -- A Loss It Didn't Need Right Now
Huffington Post - 4 months
Prince, David Bowie, Gene Wilder ― 2016 has been full of tough losses.  And Thursday’s announcement of singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen’s death came as yet another crushing blow, particularly for those still reeling from Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election. Following the news, beautiful tributes to Cohen began pouring in. Many, from Patton Oswalt to Johnny Knoxville, wondered when 2016 would give the world a break.   Leonard Cohen dying is so goddamned symbolic right now. You just don't let up, do you 2016? — Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) November 11, 2016 RIP Leonard Cohen. Ugh. It feels pointed, this death. It's making us remember songs like Come Healing which is a good one for these days — Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 11, 2016 R.I.P. the great Leonard Cohen.❤️❤️#canwebedonewith2016 pic.twitter.com/ALxIVcfP7n — Johnny Knoxville (@realjknoxville) November 11, 2016 As of the week could get ...
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Watch Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Sing 'Ironic' at Summer Camp on 'Tonight Show' - Billboard
Google News - 4 months
Billboard Watch Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Sing 'Ironic' at Summer Camp on 'Tonight Show' Billboard Justin Timberlake stopped by The Tonight Show on Wednesday to reminisce about his days at summer camp. Pals Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon returned to Camp Winnipesaukee in a continuation of their earlier Late Night bits, when the two flashed back to ... Justin Timberlake & Jimmy Fallon Test Their Friendship, Sing 'Ironic' and Throw Pizza Party on 'Tonight Show'CBS 8 San Diego Watch Phil Collins, the Roots Energize 'In the Air Tonight' on 'Fallon'RollingStone.com Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Sing Alanis Morissette's 'Ironic': VideoUs Weekly PerezHilton.com -Page Six -Fox News -Ultimate Classic Rock all 62 news articles »
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Safe and Sound with Sara Melson
Huffington Post - 4 months
There's a bit of Stevie Nicks and a bit of Alanis Morissette perhaps, a bit of country ballad and a bit of rock n'roll in Sara Melson's third album "Safe and Sound." But similarities or possible influences aside they form a whole that is unique to this talented singer/songwriter/actress. This ethereal and quirky series of ballads and rock-outs was recorded in a vintage airstream trailer in the middle of an orange grove in Ojai and in Beachwood Canyon in the Hollywood Hills. Melson's voice and technique continue to mature and this third and latest effort is a sometimes melancholic, sometimes tough voyage through a dreamland of beautiful sounds and lyrics. The songs' great strengths--and her music's in general-- lies in their honest emotion and clear intelligence. In "El Matador Beach, Melson sings: I held your heart on El Matador Beach/ Breathing with the waves/Birds flew ahead just out of reach /In the shade beneath the cave/A girl in pink and yellow danced by /In the land of gold ...
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Katy Perry Responds To Catfish Victim Who Thought He Was Dating Her For 6 Years
Huffington Post - 6 months
It only took being catfished by a Katy Perry imitator to get the real Katy Perry’s attention. And the “Rise” singer’s response to a recent episode of MTV’s “Catfish” featuring a man who believed he was dating her for over six years is certainly worth ours. (Or at least a lyrical addition to Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic.” Don’t you think?) During a recent appearance on SiriusXM radio’s “Morning Mash Up,” Perry addressed the catfish-ee, Spencer Morrill, who was convinced he had been exchanging personal messages with the pop star since 2012.  “My heart goes out to him, actually,” Perry said on the show. “Anybody who’s been fooled like that … people have dreams and people live in different parts of the world where not everything is always so accessible. We live on the coasts and we get stuff in a way that some other people don’t get, and I feel bad for him. So I didn’t really like to indulge in that because my heart, like, would die.” By the episode’s end, Morrill came face-to-fa ...
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Pregnant Alanis Morissette posts nude underwater photo
Yahoo News - 8 months
Alanis Morissette has posted a nude photo of herself sporting a large baby bump while floating underwater.
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Photos: Alanis Morissette Shows Off Her Pregnant Belly
ABC News - 8 months
Celebrity Baby Boom
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Alanis Morissette, business management firm settle lawsuit over alleged embezzlement
LATimes - 8 months
Alanis Morissette and GSO Business Management have reached a settlement in a lawsuit alleging that nearly $4.8 million had been skimmed out of her accounts by her former business manager Jonathan Schwartz, a member of the management firm. "I am pleased to have the civil part of this matter resolved,"...
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Alanis Morissette sues her former business manager, saying he stole millions
LATimes - 9 months
Alanis Morissette is suing her former business manager and his company, alleging that he siphoned nearly $4.8 million in cash from her over a four-year period, moved millions around without telling her and repeatedly talked her out of playing lucrative gigs, saying she didn't need the money. "Defendants...
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Alanis Morissette Becomes The 'Guardian's' Latest Advice Columnist
NPR - about 1 year
Singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette has become the latest advice columnist for Guardian Weekend, picking up where actress and author Molly Ringwald left off. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Morissette about the column.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alanis Morissette
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 41
    In January 2016 she began an advice column in The Guardian newspaper.
    More Details Hide Details Morissette was raised in a devout Roman Catholic family, but now practices Buddhism. She became a US citizen in 2005, while maintaining her Canadian citizenship. Throughout her teen years and her 20s, Morissette suffered from depression and various eating disorders. She went on to recover from them and started to eat a healthier diet. In 2009, she ran a marathon promoting awareness for the National Eating Disorders Association. Morissette dated actor and comedian Dave Coulier for a short time in the early 1990s. In a 2008 interview with the Calgary Herald, Coulier claimed to be the ex-boyfriend who inspired Morissette's song "You Oughta Know". Morissette, however, has maintained her silence on the subject of the song.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 39
    In 2014, Morissette played the role of Marisa Damia, the lover of architect and designer Eileen Gray, in the film The Price of Desire, directed by Mary McGuckian.
    More Details Hide Details Conversation with Alanis Morissette features conversations with different individuals from different schools and walks of life discussing everything from psychology to art to spirituality to design to health and well-being, to relationships (whether they be romantic or colleagueship or parent with children relationships). The monthly podcast is currently available to download on iTunes.
    On her website starting summer 2014, in celebration of her fortieth birthday, the LP record for her song Big Sur is offered for sale, which is available on the target edition of her 2012 album Havoc and Bright Lights.
    More Details Hide Details July 25, 2014, was the start of the ten-show Intimate and Acoustic tour. In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the release of Jagged Little Pill, a new four-disc collector's edition was released on October 30, 2015. The four-disc edition included remastered audio of the original album plus an entire disc of 10 unreleased demos from the era, handpicked by Morissette from her archives, offering a deeper and more personal look at the classic album. Also included is a previously unreleased concert from 1995 as well as 2005's Jagged Little Pill Acoustic. In 1986, Morissette had her first stint as an actor: five episodes of the children's television show You Can't Do That on Television. She appeared on stage with the Orpheus Musical Theatre Society in 1985 and 1988. In 1999, Morissette delved into acting again, for the first time since 1993, appearing as God in the Kevin Smith comedy Dogma and contributing the song "Still" to its soundtrack. Morissette reprised her role as God for a post-credits scene in Smith's next film, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, to literally close the book on the View Askewniverse. She also appeared in the hit HBO comedies Sex and the City and Curb Your Enthusiasm, appeared in the play The Vagina Monologues, and had brief cameos playing herself in the Brazilian hit soap operas "Celebridade" and Malhação.
    Morissette received the UCLA Spring Sing's George and Ira Gershwin Award on May 16, 2014 at Pauley Pavilion.
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  • 2012
    Age 37
    On May 2, 2012, Morissette revealed through her Facebook account that her eighth studio album, entitled Havoc and Bright Lights, would be released in August 2012, on new label "Collective Sounds", distributed by Sony's RED Distribution.
    More Details Hide Details On the same day, Billboard specified the date as August 28 and revealed the album would contain twelve tracks. The album's lead single, "Guardian", was released on iTunes on May 15, 2012, and hit the radio airwaves four days prior to this. The single had minor success in North America, charting the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles in the US and almost reaching the top 40 in Canada. However, the song did become a hit in several countries in Europe. "Receive", the second single off the album, was released early December the same year.
    Morissette embarked on a European tour for the Summer of 2012, according to Alanis.com.
    More Details Hide Details In early May 2012, a new song called "Magical Child" appeared on a Starbucks compilation called Every Mother Counts.
  • 2011
    Age 36
    On December 21, 2011, Morissette performed a duet of "Uninvited" with finalist Josh Krajcik during the performance finale of the X-Factor.
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    On November 20, 2011, Morissette appeared at the American Music Awards.
    More Details Hide Details When asked about the new album during a short interview, she said she had recorded thirty-one songs, and that the album would "likely be out next year, probably in summertime".
    On October 11, 2011, Morissette posted a picture of herself in a recording studio to her Facebook page.
    More Details Hide Details The picture included the message "back in the studio saddle.the songs have come in droves!", indicating that Morissette had begun work on her next album.
  • 2010
    Age 35
    On May 22, 2010, Morissette married rapper Mario “Souleye” Treadway in a private ceremony at their Los Angeles home.
    More Details Hide Details They have a son born in 2010, and a daughter born in 2016. Opening act Headlining Co-headlining
    In early 2010, Morissette returned to the stage, performing a one night engagement in An Oak Tree, an experimental play in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details The performance was a sell out. In April 2010 Morissette was confirmed in the cast of Weeds season six, performing again her role as Dr. Audra Kitson. Morissette also starred in a film adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel Radio Free Albemuth. Morissette plays Sylvia, an ordinary woman in unexpected remission from lymphoma. Morissette stated that she is " a big fan of Philip K. Dick's poetic and expansively imaginative books" and that she "feels blessed to portray Sylvia, and to be part of this story being told in film". She appeared as Amanda, a former bandmate of main character Ava Alexander (played by Maya Rudolph), in one episode of NBC's Up All Night on February 16, 2012. Rudolph officiated as minister for Morissette's wedding with both performing the explicit version of their hit hip-hop song, "Back It Up (Beep Beep)".
    On May 26, 2010, the season finale of American Idol, Morissette performed a duet of her song "You Oughta Know" with Runner Up Crystal Bowersox.
    More Details Hide Details Morissette left Maverick Records after all promotion for Flavors was completed.
    In April 2010, Morissette released the song "I Remain", which she wrote for the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time soundtrack.
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  • 2008
    Age 33
    In 2008 she contributed a recording of "Versions of Violence" for the album Songs for Tibet: The Art of Peace to promote peace.
    More Details Hide Details Morissette has also recorded a cover of the 1984 Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias hit, "To All the Girls I've Loved Before", re-written as "To All the Boys I've Loved Before". Nelson played rhythm guitar on the recording.
    On October 3, 2008, Morissette released the video for her latest single, "Not as We".
    More Details Hide Details Morissette contributed to 1 Giant Leap, performing "Arrival" with Zap Mama and she has released an acoustic version of her song "Still" as part of a compilation from Music for Relief in support of the 2010 Haiti earthquake crisis.
    She has stated that in late 2008, she would embark on a North American headlining tour, but in the meantime she would be promoting the album internationally by performing at shows and festivals and making television and radio appearances.
    More Details Hide Details The album's first single was "Underneath", a video for which was submitted to the 2007 Elevate Film Festival, the purpose of which festival was to create documentaries, music videos, narratives and shorts regarding subjects to raise the level of human consciousness on the earth.
    Morissette's seventh studio album, Flavors of Entanglement, which was produced by Guy Sigsworth, was released in mid-2008.
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    The following June, she performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "O Canada", the American and Canadian national anthems, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Ottawa Senators and the Anaheim Ducks in Ottawa, Ontario. (The NHL requires arenas to perform both the American and Canadian national anthems at games involving teams from both countries.) In early 2008, Morissette participated in a tour with Matchbox Twenty and Mutemath as a special guest.
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  • 2007
    Age 32
    On April 1, 2007, Morissette released a tongue-in-cheek cover of The Black Eyed Peas's selection "My Humps", which she recorded in a slow, mournful voice, accompanied only by a piano.
    More Details Hide Details The accompanying YouTube-hosted video, in which she dances provocatively with a group of men and hits the ones who attempt to touch her "lady lumps", had received 16,465,653 views on February 15, 2009. Morissette did not take any interviews for a time to explain the song, and it was theorized that she did it as an April Fools' Day joke. Black Eyed Peas vocalist Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson responded by sending Morissette a buttocks-shaped cake with an approving note. On the verge of the release of her latest album, she finally elaborated on how the video came to be, citing that she became very much emotionally loaded while recording her new songs one after the other and one day she wished she could do a simple song like "My Humps" in a conversation with Guy Sigsworth and the joke just took a life of its own when they started working on it.
    In February 2007, representatives for Morissette and Reynolds announced they had mutually decided to end their engagement.
    More Details Hide Details Morissette has stated that her album Flavors of Entanglement was created out of her grief after the break-up, saying that "it was cathartic".
  • 2006
    Age 31
    2006 marked the first year in Morissette's musical career without a single concert appearance showcasing her own songs, with the exception of an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in January when she performed "Wunderkind".
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  • 2005
    Age 30
    Morissette released the greatest hits album Alanis Morissette: The Collection in late 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The lead single and only new track, a cover of Seal's "Crazy", was a U.S. adult top 40 and dance hit, but it achieved only minimal chart success elsewhere. A limited edition of The Collection features a DVD including a documentary with videos of two unreleased songs from Morissette's 1996 Can't Not Tour: "King of Intimidation" and "Can't Not". (A reworked version of "Can't Not" had also appeared on Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie.) The DVD also includes a ninety-second clip of the unreleased video for the single "Joining You". As of November 2010, The Collection had sold 373,000 copies in the U.S., according to Soundscan. Morissette contributed the song "Wunderkind" to the soundtrack of the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and it was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
    Morissette opened for The Rolling Stones for a few dates of their A Bigger Bang Tour in the autumn of 2005.
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    The accompanying tour ran for two months in mid-2005, with Morissette playing small theatre venues.
    More Details Hide Details During the same period, Morissette was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
    To commemorate the tenth anniversary of Jagged Little Pill (1995), Morissette released a studio acoustic version, Jagged Little Pill Acoustic, in June 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The album was released exclusively through Starbucks' Hear Music retail concept through their coffee shops for a six-week run. The limited availability led to a dispute between Maverick Records and HMV North America, who retaliated by removing Morissette's other albums from sale for the duration of Starbucks's exclusive six-week sale. As of November 2010, Jagged Little Pill Acoustic had sold 372,000 copies in the U.S., and a video for "Hand in My Pocket" received rotation on VH1 in America.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2004
    Age 29
    Morissette released her sixth studio album, So-Called Chaos, in May 2004.
    More Details Hide Details She wrote the songs on her own again, and co-produced the album with Tim Thorney and pop music producer John Shanks. The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 chart to generally mixed critical reviews, and it became Morissette's lowest seller in the U.S. The lead single, "Everything", achieved major success on adult top 40 radio in America and was moderately popular elsewhere, particularly in Canada, although it failed to reach the top 40 on the U.S. Hot 100. Because the first line of the song includes the word asshole, American radio stations refused to play it, and the single version was changed to include the word nightmare instead. Two other singles, "Out Is Through" and "Eight Easy Steps", fared considerably worse commercially than "Everything", although a dance mix of "Eight Easy Steps" was a U.S. club hit.
    Morissette hosted the Juno Awards of 2004 dressed in a bathrobe, which she took off to reveal a flesh-colored bodysuit, a response to the era of censorship in the U.S. caused by Janet Jackson's breast-reveal incident during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show.
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  • 2002
    Age 27
    Morissette met Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds at Drew Barrymore's birthday party in 2002, and the couple began dating soon after. They announced their engagement in June 2004.
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    Later in 2002, Morissette released the combination package Feast on Scraps, which includes a DVD of live concert and backstage documentary footage directed by her and a CD containing eight previously unreleased songs from the Under Rug Swept recording sessions.
    More Details Hide Details Preceded by the single "Simple Together", it sold roughly 70,000 copies in the U.S. and was nominated for a Juno Award for Music DVD of the Year.
    Morissette released her fifth studio album, Under Rug Swept, in February 2002.
    More Details Hide Details For the first time in her career, she took on the role of sole writer and producer of an album. Her band, comprising Joel Shearer, Nick Lashley, Chris Chaney, and Gary Novak, played the majority of the instruments; additional contributions came from Eric Avery, Dean DeLeo, Flea, and Meshell Ndegeocello. Under Rug Swept debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, eventually going platinum in Canada and selling one million copies in the U.S. It produced the hit single "Hands Clean", which topped the Canadian Singles Chart and received substantial radio play; for her work on "Hands Clean" and "So Unsexy", Morissette won a Juno Award for Producer of the Year. A second single, "Precious Illusions", was released, but it did not garner significant success outside Canada or U.S. hot AC radio.
  • 2001
    Age 26
    In 2001, Morissette was featured with Stephanie McKay on the Tricky song "Excess", which is on his album Blowback.
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    For her live rendition of "So Pure" at Woodstock '99, she was nominated for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the 2001 Grammy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details During summer 1999, Alanis toured with singer/songwriter Tori Amos on the 5 and a Half Weeks Tour in support of Amos' album To Venus and Back (1999).
  • 1999
    Age 24
    Also in 1999, Morissette released a live version of her song "Are You Still Mad" on the charity album Live in the X Lounge II.
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    Morissette contributed vocals to "Mercy", "Hope", "Innocence", and "Faith", four tracks on Jonathan Elias's project The Prayer Cycle, which was released in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, she released the live acoustic album Alanis Unplugged, which was recorded during her appearance on the television show MTV Unplugged. It featured tracks from her previous two albums alongside four new songs, including "King of Pain" (a cover of The Police song) and "No Pressure over Cappuccino", which Morissette wrote with her main guitar player, Nick Lashley. The recording of the Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie track "That I Would Be Good", released as a single, became a minor hit on hot adult contemporary radio in America.
  • 1998
    Age 23
    Later in 1998, Morissette released her fourth album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, which she wrote and produced with Glen Ballard.
    More Details Hide Details Privately, the label hoped to sell a million copies of the album on initial release; instead, it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of 469,000 copies—a record, at the time, for the highest first-week sales of an album by a female artist. The wordy, personal lyrics on Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie alienated many fans, and after the album sold considerably less than Jagged Little Pill (1995), many labelled it an example of the sophomore jinx. However, it received positive reviews, including a four-star review from Rolling Stone. In Canada, it won the Juno Award for Best Album and was certified four times platinum. "Thank U", the album's only major international hit single, was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance; the music video, which featured Morissette nude, generated mild controversy. Morissette herself directed the videos for "Unsent" and "So Pure", which won, respectively, the MuchMusic Video Award for Best Director and the Juno Award for Video of the Year. The "So Pure" video features actor Dash Mihok, with whom Morissette was in a relationship at the time.
    She recorded the song "Uninvited" for the soundtrack to the 1998 film City of Angels. Although the track was never commercially released as a single, it received widespread radio airplay in the U.S. At the 1999 Grammy Awards, it won in the categories of Best Rock Song and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, and was nominated for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.
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    Morissette was featured as a guest vocalist on Ringo Starr's cover of "Drift Away" on his 1998 album, Vertical Man, and on the songs "Don't Drink the Water" and "Spoon" on the Dave Matthews Band album Before These Crowded Streets.
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    The video Jagged Little Pill, Live, which was co-directed by Morissette and chronicled the bulk of her tour, won a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Long Form.
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  • 1996
    Age 21
    Following the stressful tour, Morissette started practicing Iyengar Yoga for balancing, and after the last December 1996 show, she headed to India for six weeks, accompanied by her mother, two aunts and two friends.
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    Later in 1996, Morissette embarked on an 18-month world tour in support of Jagged Little Pill, beginning in small clubs and ending in large venues. Taylor Hawkins, who later joined the Foo Fighters, was the tour's drummer. "Ironic" was nominated for two 1997 Grammy Awards — Record of the Year and Best Music Video, Short Form—and won Single of the Year at the 1997 Juno Awards, where Morissette also won Songwriter of the Year and the International Achievement Award.
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    At the 1996 Grammy Awards, she won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Song (both for "You Oughta Know"), Best Rock Album and Album of the Year.
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    Morissette and the album won six Juno Awards in 1996: Album of the Year, Single of the Year ("You Oughta Know"), Female Vocalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Best Rock Album.
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  • 1995
    Age 20
    The two wrote and recorded Morissette's first internationally released album, Jagged Little Pill, and by the spring of 1995, she had signed a deal with Maverick Records.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year she learned how to play guitar. According to manager Welch every label they had approached had passed on Morissette apart from Maverick. Maverick Records released Jagged Little Pill internationally in 1995. The album was expected only to sell enough for Morissette to make a follow-up, but the situation changed quickly when KROQ-FM, an influential Los Angeles modern rock radio station, began playing "You Oughta Know", the album's first single. The song instantly garnered attention for its scathing, explicit lyrics, and a subsequent music video went into heavy rotation on MTV and MuchMusic. After the success of "You Oughta Know", the album's other hit singles helped send Jagged Little Pill to the top of the charts. "All I Really Want" and "Hand in My Pocket" followed, but the fourth U.S. single, "Ironic", became Morissette's biggest hit. "You Learn" and "Head over Feet", the fifth and sixth singles, respectively, kept Jagged Little Pill (1995) in the top twenty on the Billboard 200 albums chart for more than a year. According to the RIAA, Jagged Little Pill sold more than 16 million copies in the U.S.; it sold 33 million worldwide, making it the second biggest selling album by a female artist (behind Shania Twain's Come On Over). Morissette's popularity grew significantly in Canada, where the album was certified twelve times platinum and produced four RPM chart-toppers: "Hand in My Pocket", "Ironic", "You Learn", and "Head over Feet".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1993
    Age 18
    In 1993, Morissette's publisher Leeds Levy at MCA Music Publishing introduced her to manager Scott Welch.
    More Details Hide Details Welch told HitQuarters he was impressed by her "spectacular voice", her character and her lyrics. At the time she was still living at home with her parents. Together they decided it would be best for her career to move to Toronto and start writing with other people. After graduating from high school, Morissette moved from Ottawa to Toronto. Her publisher funded part of her development and when she met producer and songwriter Glen Ballard, he believed in her talent enough to let her use his studio.
  • 1992
    Age 17
    In 1992, she released her second album, Now Is the Time, a ballad-driven record that featured less glitzy production than Alanis and contained more thoughtful lyrics.
    More Details Hide Details Morissette wrote the songs with the album's producer, Leslie Howe, and Serge Côté. She said of the album, "people could go, 'Boo, hiss, hiss, this girl's like another Tiffany or whatever.' But the way I look at it... people will like your next album if it's a suck-ass one." As with Alanis (1991), Now Is the Time (1992) was released only in Canada and produced three top 40 singles—"An Emotion Away", the minor adult contemporary hit "No Apologies" and "(Change Is) Never a Waste of Time". It was a commercial failure, however, selling only a little more than half the copies of her first album. With her two-album deal with MCA Records Canada complete, Morissette was left without a major label contract.
    Morissette was nominated for three 1992 Juno Awards: Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year (which she won), Single of the Year and Best Dance Recording (both for "Too Hot").
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  • 1991
    Age 16
    In 1991 MCA Records Canada released Morissette's debut album, Alanis, in Canada only.
    More Details Hide Details Morissette co-wrote every track on the album with its producer, Leslie Howe. The dance-pop album went platinum, and its first single, "Too Hot", reached the top twenty on the RPM singles chart. Subsequent singles "Walk Away" and "Feel Your Love" reached the top 40. Morissette's popularity, style of music and appearance, particularly that of her hair, led her to become known as the Debbie Gibson of Canada; comparisons to Tiffany were also common. During the same period, she was a concert opening act for rapper Vanilla Ice.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1981
    Age 6
    In 1981, when she was seven years old, she began dance lessons.
    More Details Hide Details Morissette had a Catholic upbringing. She attended Holy Family Catholic School for elementary school and Immaculata High School for Grades 7 and 8 before completing the rest of her high school at Glebe Collegiate Institute (Ottawa, Canada). She appeared on the children's television show You Can't Do That on Television for five episodes when she was in elementary school. Morissette recorded her first demo called Fate Stay with Me, produced by Lindsay Thomas Morgan at Marigold Studios in Toronto, engineered by Rich Dodson of Canadian classic rock band, The Stampeders.
  • 1977
    Age 2
    From 1977 to 1980 Morissette spent three years of her childhood in Germany.
    More Details Hide Details When she was six years old, she returned to Ottawa and started to play the piano.
  • 1974
    Born
    Morissette was born June 1, 1974, in Ottawa, Canada, to teacher Georgia Mary Ann (née Feuerstein) and high-school principal Alan Richard Morissette.
    More Details Hide Details She has two siblings: older brother Chad is a business entrepreneur, and twin brother (12 minutes older) Wade is a musician. Her father was of French and Irish descent and her mother had Hungarian ancestry. Her parents were teachers in a military school and due to their work often had to move.
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