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Alanis Morissette Biography

Alanis MorissetteA young voice singing the confessional, unadulterated songs of an old soul describes the works of Alanis Morissette. The intensity and honestly in her singing and songwriting has made her one of Canada’s most successful music sensations ever.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Morissette played the piano and wrote her own songs before joining the popular Canadian children’s program You Can’t Do That On Television. With profits earned from her television series she recorded the independent single “Fate Stay With Me” when she was just ten years old. A record deal with MCA/Canada led to her debut album Alanis, which was released in 1991. This release, a collection of dance tunes, went platinum and won Morissette a Juno. However, the release in 1995 of Jagged Little Pill showed a more mature, introspective Morissette whose release ultimately sold over 15 million albums and garnered her four Grammys.

Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, her much anticipated follow-up to Jagged Little Pill, was released in November 1998 to favorable reviews by critics. The transformation from teenage dance-pop idol to mature, emotionally independent singer/songwriter explains Alanis Morissette’s rise to stardom within Canada and the world.