Alanis Morissette

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Alanis Morissette
Background information
Birth nameAlanis Nadine Morissette
Born (1974-06-01) June 1, 1974 (age 49)
OriginOttawa, Ontario, Canada
GenresRock, Dance-pop, Alternative
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, actress, record producer
Years active1987–present

Alanis Nadine Morissette (born June 1, 1974) is a Grammy Award-winning Canadian-American[1] singer and songwriter. She was born in Ottawa, Canada. She began singing in Canada as a teenager in 1990. In 1995, she became popular all over the world.

As a young child in Canada, Morissette began to act on television, including 5 episodes of the long-running series, You Can't Do That on Television. Her first album was released only in Canada in 1990.

Her first international album was Jagged Little Pill, released in 1995. It was a rock-influenced album. Jagged has sold more than 33 million units globally. It became the best-selling debut album in music history.[2][3][4] Her next album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, was released in 1998. It was a success as well. Morissette took up producing duties for her next albums, which include Under Rug Swept, So-Called Chaos and Flavors of Entanglement. Morissette has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide.[5][6][7]

She also acted in several movies, including Kevin Smith's Dogma, where she played God.

About her life[change | change source]

Alanis Morissette was born in Riverside Hospital of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario.[8] Her father is French-Canadian. Her mother is from Hungary. She has an older brother, Chad, and a twin brother, Wade, who is 12 minutes younger than she is. Her parents had worked as teachers at a military base in Lahr, Germany.

Morissette became an American citizen in 2005. She is still Canadian citizen.[9]

On May 22, 2010, Morissette married rapper Mario "MC Souleye" Treadway.[10]

Jagged Little Pill[change | change source]

Morissette has had many albums. Her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill became a very popular album. It has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.[11] The album caused Morissette to win four Grammy Awards. The album Jagged Little Pill touched many people.

On the album, Morissette sang songs about many different things. These things include:

  • love (in the song "Head Over Feet")
  • life (in the songs "Ironic" and "You Learn")
  • her feelings (in the songs "Hand In My Pocket" and "All I Really Want")
  • sadness (in the song "Mary Jane")
  • anger (in the song "You Oughta Know")
  • frustration (in the songs "Not the Doctor" and "Wake Up")

Discography[change | change source]

Albums[change | change source]

Selected songs[change | change source]

Morissette has written many songs. Some of her most famous songs are:

  • "You Oughta Know" - This song is to Morissette's ex-boyfriend, a man she once loved. In this song, Morissette is very angry. She wants her ex-boyfriend to know that he caused many problems after leaving her for another woman.
  • "Ironic" - This song is about life. It contains several stories about unlucky people. In one of the stories, a man is afraid of flying on airplanes. He finally flies in one, but the airplane crashes.
  • "You Learn" - In this song, Morissette says that bad things happen in life, but people learn from them. Anyone can make bad things into good things. She wants people to try new things in life.
  • "Uninvited" - In this song, Morissette is not happy because she is famous. She does not know whether she wants to continue to be famous or not.
  • "Thank U" - In this song, she thanks many things that have helped her. She thanks India, a country she visited and almost died in. She also lists ways she can improve herself.
  • "Hands Clean" - In this song, a man does something bad, and tells Morissette not to tell anyone else the bad thing the man did. She hides the man's secret for many years.

References[change | change source]

  1. Rolling Stone ("In Brief: Alanis, J.Lo: Alanis gets American citizenship, J.Lo loses European tour" Archived September 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine), February 16, 2005.
  2. "Alanis Morissette: You ask the questions". The Independent. London. April 21, 2005. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  3. "Alanis Ties For Highest-Selling Debut Ever". Rolling Stone. Jann Wenner. August 5, 1998. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved June 12, 2011. Morissette's 1995 bow is now tied with Boston's self-titled 1976 album as the best-selling debut of all time
  4. Caulfield, Keith. "Ask Billboard: Missy Elliott, Hot 100 And The Best Selling Album Of All Time". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 9, 2011. We're including Morissette's "Jagged," as it was her U.S. major label debut
  5. Beech, Mark (June 2, 2008). "Alanis Morissette Marries Sexy Electrobeats, Heartbreak, Anger". Bloomberg. Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved May 22, 2011. she has shifted about 60 million CDs in total
  6. Patch, Nick (June 7, 2010). "Alanis Morissette marries rapper Souleye". MSN News. Canada: MSN. Archived from the original on July 20, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2011. She's sold more than 60 million albums and has won seven Grammy Awards and 12 Junos
  7. Skye, Dan (December 21, 2009). "Land of Alanis". High Times. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved May 22, 2011. Now 35, the Canadian-born singer has sold over 60 million albums worldwide
  8. Cantin, Paul (December 29, 2015). Alanis Morissette: A Biography. St. Martin's Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-250-10917-0.
  9. "Alanis Morissette becomes U.S. citizen". MSNBC. Associated Press. February 17, 2005. Archived from the original on July 17, 2009. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  10. "Alanis Morissette Marries in Intimate Ceremony at Home".
  11. Newman, Melinda. "10 Years On, Alanis Unplugs 'Little Pill'" Archived June 30, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Billboard. March 4, 2005. Retrieved November 16, 2006.

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