Alanis Morissette is an international music icon born in Ottawa, Canada on June 1, 1974.Her early music career began in Canada, before she went on to Los Angeles to take on bigger opportunities.She is a multi-awarded artist, having received recognitions and nominations in different award-giving bodies like the Canadian Juno, Grammy and Golden Globe Awards.
At an early age, Morissette’s love for music was already evident.She started her piano lessons at six years old, and at the age of 9, she can already write her own songs.Her first break in the entertainment industry came when she became part of the television show, You Can't Do That on Television.In 1987, Morissette recorded her first solo track entitled “Fate Stay with Me”, which led her to be signed by MCA Records Canada at age 14.
In 1991, MCA released Alanis, her debut album in Canada that became successful and even reached the platinum status.“Too Hot” and “Walk Away” are two of the hit singles in the album which also gave Morissette her first award as the Most Promising Female Artist in the 1992 Canadian Juno Awards.Following this, she released another album Now Is The Time in 1992, although it did not sell profitably as her first album.
Taking the Next Step
After her second album’s let down and her contract with MCA Canada expired, she moved to Los Angeles where she met producer Glen Ballard.In 1995, Morissette, with the help of Ballard, released her new album Jagged Little Pill under Maverick Records.With its carrier single “You Oughta Know” hitting heavy on radio and MTV airplays, the album was a breakthrough success.The succeeding songs “Ironic”, “All I Really Want” and “Hand in My Pocket” among others followed the popularity of the first single which made the album an international hit.The album gave Morissette several awards including the Album of the Year awards in the 1996 Canadian Juno and Grammy Awards.To capitalize on its success, Morissette also performed in extensive tour dates across the world in that year.
After the Little Pill
1998 saw the release of Morissette’s album entitled Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie and soon fans propelled the new album into the top of the hit charts, although record sales were less compared to Jagged Little Pill.In Canada alone, the album was a certified quadruple-platinum recording and won another Canadian Juno award.
Under Rug Swept (2001), So-Called Chaos (2004), Flavors of Entanglement (2008) and Havoc and Bright Lights (2012) are among the subsequent installments of Morissette that really cemented her place as one of the best female artists of her generation.
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