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Welcome to Alanis Morissette Archives, your newest source for everything related to Canadian-American singer-songwriter, actress and philanthropist Alanis Nadine Morissette. Whether you've been a fan since her teen-pop days in Canada, became a fan when Jagged Little Pill revolutionized the industry or joined the fanbase later on, we're glad you're here. Please make sure to bookmark the site, check back often, and follow us on Twitter!

Alanis Nadine Morissette was born on June 1, 1974 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to her parents Georgia Mary Ann Feuerstein and Alan Richard Morissette, along with her twin brother Wade. Wade is 12 minutes older than her and they also have an older brother, Chad. Her mother is Hungarian and her father is French and Irish. Because her parents were military school teachers, the family moved to Lahr, Germany from 1977-1980. When they returned to Ottawa, Alanis began playing the piano at age six; the next year, she began taking dance lessons as well as composing her own music, writing her very first song when she was nine. She attended Holy Family Catholic School and Immaculata High School before graduating from Glebe Collegiate Institute.

While at Glebe, Alanis appeared in five episodes on the Nickelodeon television show “You Can’t Do That On Television” her junior year. She used her earnings to record her first single. At 14, Alanis signed a record deal that led to the releases of her dance-pop albums Alanis in 1991 and Now Is the Time in 1992. Alanis sold over 100,000 copies and earned her Canada’s Juno Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year. With her popularity, Alanis became known as the Debbie Gibson of Canada; at the sometime, she was opening for rapper Vanilla Ice on tour.

After graduating high school, she moved to Toronto to continue to work on her music with other songwriters and musicians. In 1993, Alanis made her movie debut with an uncredited role in the comedy Anything for Love. In 1994, she started working with producer and songwriter Glen Ballard and moved to Los Angeles. On June 13, 1995, Jagged Little Pill, setting her emotionally raw lyrics against a polished rock backdrop, was released on Madonna’s record company Maverick Records. The record sold 30 million copies worldwide, which turned into the highest selling female album and 3rd highest selling album of all time. In 1996, Alanis won four Grammys, including Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song, and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. The same year, she embarked on an 18-month world tour, which began in small clubs and ended in large venues.

After the final show in 1996, Alanis went to India for six weeks with her mother, two aunts, and two friends. The trip recharged her and solved her contemplation about recording another album. Her first single after Jagged Little Pill was the song “Uninvited” for the City of Angels film soundtrack, which ended up winning two Grammys. The same year, her next album Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie was released, the album was noted for its mix of ballads and catchy pop songs. The same year, Alanis was featured on Ringo Starr’s cover of “Drift Away,” and on the Dave Matthews Band songs “Spoon” and “Don’t Drink the Water.”

In 1999, she performed “So Pure” at Woodstock ’99 and earned her a nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the 1002 Grammy Awards. Alanis played the role of God in Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob film Dogma, then Dawn in an episode of “Sex and the City” the next year. She returned to playing God in Kevin Smith’s next film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back in 2001. In February 2002, Alanis released her fifth studio album Under Rug Swept, in which she was the sole writer and producer, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, eventually going platinum in the US and Canada. She appeared in an episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as herself the same year. Alanis would meet actor Ryan Reynolds at Drew Barrymore’s birthday party; obviously hitting it off, they began dating quickly afterward and announcing their engagement in mid-2004.

So-Called Chaos was released in May of 2004, debuting at number five on the Billboard 200 chart. The album wasn’t considered a success due to mixed reviews and the single “Everything” achieving major success on US Adult Top 40 radio. Alanis contributed to the biographical musical drama De-Lovely as the performer of “Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall In Love.” She also appeared in “American Dreams” as the Singer in the Lair. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill, she went on an acoustic tour and released an acoustic version of the album, which later inspired the stage musical by screenwriter Diablo Cody. Her greatest hits album Alanis Morissette: The Collection was released in late 2005, with the lead single being a cover of Seal’s “Crazy.”

In 2006, she made an appearance on the television show “Lovespring International” as Lucinda before having a three-episode stint on “Nip/Tuck” as Poppy. In 2007, it was announced that she and Ryan Reynolds have ended their engagement. Alanis’ next album Flavors of Enlightenment was released in 2008, stating it was created in grief after the breakup. She would have a recurring role on the series “Weeds” in 2009 as Dr. Audra Kitson. Alanis also played the role of Sylvia Aramchek in the sci-fi drama Radio Free Albemuth in 2010. She would marry rapper Mario “Souleye” Treadway on May 22nd, in a private ceremony at their Los Angeles home. The same year, she released the song “I Remain” for the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time soundtrack and performed “You Oughta Know” on the season finale of “American Idol” with runner-up Crystal Bowersox. On Christmas Day, she would give birth to her first child, Ever, with husband Souleye.

In 2012, Alanis released her next album Havoc and Bright Lights. The first single, “Guardian,” had minor success in North America, but did become a hit overseas. The same year, she would appear as Amanda on the series “Up All Night”. On May 16, 2014, Alanis received the UCLA Spring Sing’s George and Irwin Gershwin Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize her contribution of American music. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill, a four-disc collector’s edition of the album was released on October 30, 2015. The album contained all remastered audio from the original album, plus ten unreleased demos handpicked by Alanis herself from her archives, and an unreleased concert from 1995, as well as 2005’s Jagged Little Pill Acoustic. She played the part of Marisa Damila in the biographical drama The Price of Desire. On June 23, 2016, she would give birth to her daughter, Onyx.

In October 2017, she premiered the song “Rest” and performed “Castle of Glass” with members of No Doubt and Mike Shinoda at the Linkin Park and Friends – Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington memorial concert. She voiced the role of Sandy Stork in two episodes of “Top Wing” the year as well. In 2018, Alanis contributed two new songs to the Jagged Little Pill stage musical, “Smiling” and “Predator.” In mid-2019, she went back into the studio for her first studio album in eight years. She would give birth to her son Winter on August 8th. She was featured on Halsey’s song “Alanis’ Interlude” in January 2020. Such Pretty Forks in the Road was set for a May 1st release, but Alanis would announce in April that the release would be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alanis suffered from depression and various eating disorders through her teens and 20s, recovering from both and she began eating healthier. In 2009, she ran a marathon promoting awareness for the National Eating Disorders Association, and shared her nearly decade-long experience with postpartum depression on CBS This Morning in October 2019.

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