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Alanis Morissette

Canadian Singer-Songwriter Known for "You Oughta Know" & Her "Jagged Little Pill" Album

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 Alanis Morissette Biography

When she was eleven, Alanis Morissette joined the cast of a Nickelodeon children's show called "You Can't Do That on Television," and saved up her earnings. In 1987, she used them to self-release her first track, "Fate Stay With Me." Despite her young age, Morissette's music touched on themes of loneliness and heartache from the start: "Fate Stay With Me" is about lost love. The song caught the attention of record label MCA Canada; at age fourteen, Morissette signed a contract with the company. She released a self-titled album, "Alanis," in 1991. The young singer then got her first taste of success: the album went platinum, and even garnered her a Canadian Juno Award for Most Promising Female Artist. Quickly following up on her first win in the dance-pop world, Morissette released "Now Is The Time" (1992) a year later, though it did not reach the same level of popularity.

Morissette's career blossomed once again when she made it to the United States. At age 18, she had moved to Toronto, but in 1994 she made a much bigger move -- to Los Angeles. There, she began a search for a team of producers and collaborators to help her make a comeback from her commercially disappointing second album. Morissette teamed up with industry veteran Glen Ballard, and she began to approach songwriting more organically. Soon, she had moved away from the more conventional dance-pop songs she began with. "It was the beginning of a new way to approach songwriting altogether," Morissette explained. "I was old enough to be able to write autobiographically and stand by the philosophical subject matter in my songs."

The result of Morissette's collaboration with Ballard was "Jagged Little Pill," which was released in 1995 by Maverick Records. With its edgy, alternative sound, the single "You Oughta Know" struck a strong chord with listeners. MTV was in its heyday, and the single received heavy airplay; demand for subsequent singles off "Jagged Little Pill" was steady. In 1996, the album won several Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.

While the mid-1990s saw no shortage of outspoken female rock stars, Morissette seemed particularly to appeal to teenage audiences, who felt she had given them a genuine voice for their angst and frustration.

In response to the album's popularity, Morissette toured relentlessly during the year of its release, but the busy schedule took a toll on her mental and physical health. At the end of that run, she withdrew temporarily from the music business, keeping a low profile and attempting to renew her sense of self. She says of that time period: "Everything snowballing as it did was a lot to digest, and I really didn't have the energy or the clarity or the understanding or the handbook to do that. Now, my handbook would say, 'Cry when you need to cry, talk when you need to talk and stop when you need to stop."

It wasn't long before the singer was back in the studio, this time recording songs with an altogether different tone. The songwriter herself described many of "Jagged Little Pill's" songs as reactionary, whereas the songs on her next album "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" (1998) were more about redemption and reconciliation than anger. In the end, fans found these introspective songs just as cathartic as the singer did, sending the album to the top of the charts.

Despite her past success in collaborating with Ballard, Morissette decided to go it alone in 2001, writing and producing the album "Under Rug Swept" by herself, including the hit single "Hands Clean." The record sold a million copies in the U.S. and went platinum in Canada. Her next album, "So-Called Chaos" (2004), did as well only by half, and was met with mixed critical reviews. The formerly angsty pop star toured that year with the Barenaked Ladies and, in 2005, opened for the Rolling Stones.

In 2007, Morissette took what she would later describe as a much-needed break from her own music, and recorded a cover of The Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps." The video, which both parodies the sugary-pop hit and gently mocks Morissette's own mournful and serious signature vocals, became a runaway favorite on YouTube. No stranger to the camera, Morissette appeared onscreen not only as a child actor, but again as an adult in both movies and television. She took a role in the film "Dogma" (1999), and played a recurring character on the television show "Weeds" from 2009 to 2010.

Alanis Morissette's next album, "Flavors of Entanglement" (2008), was recorded on the heels of her breakup with actor Ryan Reynolds, whom Morissette had been dating since 2002. With her hallmark openness, the singer later admitted that the album was a necessary form of catharsis following that emotionally trying time. In May 2010, Morissette married Mario "MC Souleye" Treadway, and later that year, their daughter, Ever Imre Morissette-Treadway, was born.

Morissette continues to write, sing, and perform, and also appears onstage to support a wide breadth of charities. The Grammy winner's devotion to emotional honesty, as well as her belief in vulnerability as an essential part of the human condition, comes through in each of her ventures. Far from seeing this as an expression of weakness, Morissette explains, "The more vulnerable and the more confused the song is, the equal and opposite effect is how I feel after having written it and the deeper I go admitting fear, admitting the confusion, the clearer I usually feel. I don't really feel vulnerable; I feel empowered by it."

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Alanis Morissette - So-Called Chaos

Alanis Morissette - So-Called Chaos

Alanis Morissette -- Under Rug Swept: Guitar Songbook Edition

Alanis Morissette -- Under Rug Swept: Guitar Songbook Edition

Alanis Morissette -- MTV Unplugged: Guitar Songbook Edition

Alanis Morissette -- MTV Unplugged: Guitar Songbook Edition

Jagged Little Pill (Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook)

Jagged Little Pill (Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook)

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Canadian Singer-Songwriter Known for "You Oughta Know" & Her "Jagged Little Pill" Album

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Alanis Morissette Biography

When she was eleven, Alanis Morissette joined the cast of a Nickelodeon children's show called "You Can't Do That on Television," and saved up her earnings. In 1987, she used them to self-release her first track, "Fate Stay With Me." Despite her young age, Morissette's music touched on themes of loneliness and heartache from the start: "Fate Stay With Me" is about lost love. The song caught the attention of record label MCA Canada; at age fourteen, Morissette signed a contract with the company. She released a self-titled album, "Alanis," in 1991. The young singer then got her first taste of success: the album went platinum, and even garnered her a Canadian Juno Award for Most Promising Female Artist. Quickly following up on her first win in the dance-pop world, Morissette released "Now Is The Time" (1992) a year later, though it did not reach the same level of popularity.

Morissette's career blossomed once again when she made it to the United States. At age 18, she had moved to Toronto, but in 1994 she made a much bigger move -- to Los Angeles. There, she began a search for a team of producers and collaborators to help her make a comeback from her commercially disappointing second album. Morissette teamed up with industry veteran Glen Ballard, and she began to approach songwriting more organically. Soon, she had moved away from the more conventional dance-pop songs she began with. "It was the beginning of a new way to approach songwriting altogether," Morissette explained. "I was old enough to be able to write autobiographically and stand by the philosophical subject matter in my songs."

The result of Morissette's collaboration with Ballard was "Jagged Little Pill," which was released in 1995 by Maverick Records. With its edgy, alternative sound, the single "You Oughta Know" struck a strong chord with listeners. MTV was in its heyday, and the single received heavy airplay; demand for subsequent singles off "Jagged Little Pill" was steady. In 1996, the album won several Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.

While the mid-1990s saw no shortage of outspoken female rock stars, Morissette seemed particularly to appeal to teenage audiences, who felt she had given them a genuine voice for their angst and frustration.

In response to the album's popularity, Morissette toured relentlessly during the year of its release, but the busy schedule took a toll on her mental and physical health. At the end of that run, she withdrew temporarily from the music business, keeping a low profile and attempting to renew her sense of self. She says of that time period: "Everything snowballing as it did was a lot to digest, and I really didn't have the energy or the clarity or the understanding or the handbook to do that. Now, my handbook would say, 'Cry when you need to cry, talk when you need to talk and stop when you need to stop."

It wasn't long before the singer was back in the studio, this time recording songs with an altogether different tone. The songwriter herself described many of "Jagged Little Pill's" songs as reactionary, whereas the songs on her next album "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" (1998) were more about redemption and reconciliation than anger. In the end, fans found these introspective songs just as cathartic as the singer did, sending the album to the top of the charts.

Despite her past success in collaborating with Ballard, Morissette decided to go it alone in 2001, writing and producing the album "Under Rug Swept" by herself, including the hit single "Hands Clean." The record sold a million copies in the U.S. and went platinum in Canada. Her next album, "So-Called Chaos" (2004), did as well only by half, and was met with mixed critical reviews. The formerly angsty pop star toured that year with the Barenaked Ladies and, in 2005, opened for the Rolling Stones.

In 2007, Morissette took what she would later describe as a much-needed break from her own music, and recorded a cover of The Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps." The video, which both parodies the sugary-pop hit and gently mocks Morissette's own mournful and serious signature vocals, became a runaway favorite on YouTube. No stranger to the camera, Morissette appeared onscreen not only as a child actor, but again as an adult in both movies and television. She took a role in the film "Dogma" (1999), and played a recurring character on the television show "Weeds" from 2009 to 2010.

Alanis Morissette's next album, "Flavors of Entanglement" (2008), was recorded on the heels of her breakup with actor Ryan Reynolds, whom Morissette had been dating since 2002. With her hallmark openness, the singer later admitted that the album was a necessary form of catharsis following that emotionally trying time. In May 2010, Morissette married Mario "MC Souleye" Treadway, and later that year, their daughter, Ever Imre Morissette-Treadway, was born.

Morissette continues to write, sing, and perform, and also appears onstage to support a wide breadth of charities. The Grammy winner's devotion to emotional honesty, as well as her belief in vulnerability as an essential part of the human condition, comes through in each of her ventures. Far from seeing this as an expression of weakness, Morissette explains, "The more vulnerable and the more confused the song is, the equal and opposite effect is how I feel after having written it and the deeper I go admitting fear, admitting the confusion, the clearer I usually feel. I don't really feel vulnerable; I feel empowered by it."

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  • How to book Alanis Morissette?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Alanis Morissette for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Alanis Morissette, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Alanis Morissette or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Alanis Morissette?

    Booking fees for Alanis Morissette, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Alanis Morissette, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Alanis Morissette?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Alanis Morissette for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Alanis Morissette for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Alanis Morissette or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Alanis Morissette or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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