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Alanis Morissette Lyrics

Alanis Morissette - Biography

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. Born on June 1, 1974,
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 Nickelodean 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 Female Vocalist. 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 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 experience."

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.

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 has sold over 7 million copies
worldwide.

David Basham After finishing her recent tour with Tori Amos, Alanis
Morissette has headed to New Zealand and Australia for a month-long
tour, though she took time out to tape an episode of "MTV
Unplugged" scheduled to air next month. Morissette's
stripped-down set was recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in
mid-September, during which the Canadian songstress performed
acoustic versions of such songs as "You Oughta Know,"
"Uninvited," and a cover of the Police's "King of
Pain." The Alanis Morissette "Unplugged" is currently
scheduled to be broadcast on MTV on November 1. Morissette also
plans to release an accompanying "Unplugged" album via
Maverick Records on November 23, and a version of "That I Would
Be Good" from the taping is tentatively set to be issued as a
single in early November. The song originally appeared on last
year's "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie."

Source: Maverick.com 
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