Biography

Biography

Alanis Nadine Morissette
Born in Ottawa, 1 June 1974, is a Canadian and naturalized American singer-songwriter, record producer, and occasional actress. She has won twelve Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, and has sold more than forty million albums worldwide.

Morissette began her career in Canada, and as a teenager recorded two dance-pop albums, Alanis and Now Is the Time, under MCA Records. Her international debut album was the rock-influenced Jagged Little Pill, which is the best-selling debut album by a female artist in the U.S., and the highest selling debut album worldwide. Morissette took up producing duties for her subsequent albums, which include Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, Under Rug Swept and So-Called Chaos.

 

Early life

Alanis Morissette was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to a French-Canadian father, Alan, and Hungarian mother, Georgia. Alanis has a twin brother, Wade, and an older brother, Chad. At the age of six, she began playing the piano and realised she wanted to express herself through the arts. In 1984, Morissette wrote her first song, “Fate Stay with Me”, which she sent to a local folk singer, Lindsay Morgan, who recruited Morissette as his protégé.

In 1986, Morissette had her first stint as an actress: five episodes of the children’s television show You Can’t Do That on Television. Using money she saved from that role, she released “Fate Stay with Me” as a single via a label she founded with Morgan. A limited number of copies were pressed, and it received little airplay. She appeared onstage with the Orpheus Musical Theatre Society in 1985 and 1988. During her high school years, Morissette attended Glebe Collegiate Institute in Ottawa.

At a New York City audition, Morissette landed a spot on Star Search, a popular American talent competition on which she used her stage name, Alanis Nadine. Morissette flew to Los Angeles to appear on the show, but lost after one round. In 1988, Morissette signed a publishing deal with MCA Publishing, which helped to fund her record deal with one of its independent subsidiary labels.
1990–1993: Alanis and Now Is the Time
MCA Records released Morissette’s debut album, Alanis, in Canada only in 1991, and Morissette co-wrote every track on the album with its producer, Leslie Howe. By the time it was released, she had dropped her stage name and was credited simply as Alanis. The dance-pop album went platinum, and its first single, “Too Hot”, reached the top twenty on the RPM singles chart. Subsequent singles “Walk Away” and “Feel Your Love”, which was accompanied by a sexually suggestive video, reached the top forty and were played frequently on contemporary hit radio stations. Morissette’s popularity, style of music and appearance, particularly that of her hair, led her to become known as the Debbie Gibson of Canada; comparisons to Tiffany were also common. During the same period, she was a concert opening act for rapper Vanilla Ice. Morissette was nominated for three 1992 Juno Awards: Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year (which she won), Single of the Year and Best Dance Recording (both for “Too Hot”).

Between the ages of fourteen to eighteen, Morissette suffered from anorexia and bulimia nervosa, which were catalysed by “hardcore” professional pressure and managerial demands from her work towards making her first album. She recalled returning to the studio to re-record some vocals, only to be told that the person who summoned her there wanted to discuss her weight, and that she couldn’t be successful if she was fat. She lived on a diet of carrots, black coffee and Melba toast, and her weight fluctuated by fifteen to twenty pounds. She subsequently began therapy, which she called “a long process to un-program [my brain]. I try to remember, whatever my body is, it’s perfect the way it is.”

In 1992, she released her second album, Now Is the Time, a ballad-driven record that featured less glitzy production than Alanis and contained more thoughtful lyrics. Morissette wrote the songs with the album’s producer, Leslie Howe, and Serge Côté. She said of the album, “people could go, ‘Boo, hiss, hiss, this girl’s like another Tiffany or whatever’. But the way I look at it … people will like your next album if it’s a kick-ass one.” As with Alanis, Now Is the Time was released only in Canada and produced three top forty singles — “An Emotion Away”, the minor adult contemporary hit “No Apologies”, and “(Change Is) Never a Waste of Time”. It sold little more than half the copies of her first album, however, and was a commercial failure. With her two-album deal with MCA Canada complete, Morissette was left without a major label contract.

During this period, Morissette dated Dave Coulier of television’s Full House fame.In 1993, she appeared in the film Just One of the Girls starring Corey Haim, which she called “horrible”.
 

1993–1995: Move to Los Angeles
In 1993, after graduating from high school, Morissette moved from Ottawa to Toronto. Living alone for the first time in her life, she met with a bevy of songwriters, but the results frustrated her.A visit to Nashville a few months later also proved fruitless. In the hopes of meeting a collaborator Morissette began making trips to Los Angeles and working with as many musicians as possible.

During this time, she met producer and songwriter Glen Ballard, and within ten minutes of meeting each other they had begun experimenting creatively. According to Morissette, Ballard was the first collaborator who encouraged her to express her emotions. The two wrote and recorded Morissette’s third album, Jagged Little Pill, and by the spring of 1995, she had signed a deal with Maverick Records.

As Morissette later revealed, during her stay in L.A., a thief confronted and robbed her on a deserted street, although he did not take the writing and brainstorming notes in her purse; they were the scribblings that soon made up Jagged Little Pill. Morissette subsequently developed an intense and general angst, which manifested in random daily panic attacks, including on planes. She checked herself into a hospital and attended psychotherapy sessions, but with no improvement. She focused her inner problems on the soul-baring lyrics of the album for her own health.
1995–1998: Jagged Little Pill
Audio samples:
“You Oughta Know” (1995)

This angsty, rock-influenced track about a bitter breakup became Morissette’s breakthrough international single.
“Ironic” (1996)

The two-time Grammy Award-winning song is considered one of Morissette’s signature tunes.

Maverick Records released Jagged Little Pill internationally in 1995. The album was expected to sell enough for Morissette to make a follow-up, but the situation changed quickly when a DJ from an influential Los Angeles radio station began playing “You Oughta Know”, the album’s first single. The song instantly garnered attention for its scathing, explicit lyrics, and a subsequent music video went into heavy rotation on MTV and MuchMusic.

After the success of “You Oughta Know”, the album’s other hit singles helped send Jagged Little Pill to the top of the charts. “All I Really Want” and “Hand in My Pocket” followed, but the fourth U.S. single, “Ironic”, became Morissette’s biggest hit. “You Learn” and “Head over Feet”, the fifth and sixth singles, respectively, kept Jagged Little Pill in the top twenty on the Billboard 200 albums chart for more than a year. According to the RIAA, Jagged Little Pill is the best-selling international debut album by a female artist, with more than fourteen million copies sold in the U.S.; it sold thirty million worldwide, making it the second biggest selling album by a female artist, and the biggest selling debut album of all time. Morissette’s popularity grew significantly in Canada, where the album was certified twelve times platinum and produced four RPM chart-toppers: “Hand in My Pocket”, “Ironic”, “You Learn” and “Head over Feet”. The album was also a bestseller in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Morissette’s success with Jagged Little Pill was credited with leading to the introduction of female singers such as Tracy Bonham, Meredith Brooks, Patti Rothberg and, in the early 2000s, Avril Lavigne and Pink. She was criticised for collaborating with producer and supposed image-maker Ballard, and her previous albums also proved a hindrance for her respectability, particularly in her native country. Morissette and the album won six Juno Awards in 1996: Album of the Year, Single of the Year (“You Oughta Know”), Female Vocalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Best Rock Album. At the 1996 Grammy Awards, she won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Song (both for “You Oughta Know”), Best Rock Album and Album of the Year.

Later in 1996, Morissette embarked on an eighteen-month world tour in support of Jagged Little Pill, beginning in small clubs and ending in large venues. Taylor Hawkins, currently with the Foo Fighters, was the tour’s drummer. “Ironic” was nominated for two 1997 Grammy Awards — Record of the Year and Best Music Video, Short Form — and won Single of the Year at the 1997 Juno Awards, where Morissette also won Songwriter of the Year and the International Achievement Award. The video Jagged Little Pill, Live, which was co-directed by Morissette and chronicled the bulk of her tour, won a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Long Form.

During the tour, Morissette became disillusioned with the music industry and declared being tired of constant travelling, quick and superficial relationships and parties full of drugs — subjects that made her consider ditching her career. She started practicing Iyengar Yoga for balancing, and after the last December 1996 show, she headed to India for six weeks, accompanied by her mother, two aunts and two female friends.
1998–2001: Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie and Alanis Unplugged
The most successful single from 1998’s Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie was written after a trip to India.
“That I Would Be Good” (1998)

A live version of this ballad was released to promote 1999’s Alanis Unplugged.

Morissette was featured as a guest vocalist on Ringo Starr’s cover of “Drift Away” on his 1998 album, Vertical Man, and on the songs “Don’t Drink the Water” and “Spoon” on the Dave Matthews Band album Before These Crowded Streets. She recorded the song “Uninvited” for the soundtrack to the 1998 film City of Angels. Although the track was never commercially released as a single, it received widespread radio airplay in the U.S. At the 1999 Grammy Awards, it won in the categories of Best Rock Song and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, and was nominated for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. Later in 1998, Morissette released her fourth album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, which she wrote and produced with Glen Ballard. Most of the tracks, including “Would Not Come” and “Unsent”, challenged traditional song formulas: they included one-chord drone melodies and Morissette singing over letter-like prose texts; some songs lacked choruses or took a long time to reach them.

Privately, the label hoped to sell a million copies of the album on initial release; instead, it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of 469,000 copies — a record, at the time, for the highest first-week sales of an album by a female artist. The wordy, personal lyrics on Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie alienated many fans, and after the album sold considerably less than Jagged Little Pill, many labelled it an example of the sophomore jinx. However, it received positive reviews, including a four-star review from Rolling Stone. In Canada, it won the Juno Award for Best Album and was certified four times platinum. “Thank U”, the album’s only major international hit single, was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance; the music video, which featured Morissette nude, generated mild controversy. Morissette herself directed the videos for “Unsent” and “So Pure”, which won, respectively, the MuchMusic Video Award for Best Director and the Juno Award for Video of the Year. The “So Pure” video features actor Dash Mihok, with whom Morissette was in a relationship at the time.

Morissette contributed vocals to “Mercy” and “Innocence”, two tracks on Jonathan Elias’s project The Prayer Cycle, which was released in 1999. The same year, she released the live acoustic album Alanis Unplugged, which was recorded during her appearance on the television show MTV Unplugged. It featured tracks from her previous two albums alongside four new songs, including “King of Pain” (a cover of The Police song) and “No Pressure over Cappuccino”, which Morissette wrote with her main guitar player, Nick Lashley. The recording of the Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie track “That I Would Be Good”, released as a single, became a minor hit on hot adult contemporary radio in America. Also in 1999, Morissette released a live version of her song “Are You Still Mad” on the charity album Live in the X Lounge II. For her live rendition of “So Pure” at Woodstock ’99, she was nominated for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the 2001 Grammy Awards.

Morissette delved into acting again, for the first time since 1993, appearing as God in the Kevin Smith film Dogma and contributing the song “Still” to its soundtrack. Smith, a fan of Morissette’s, asked her to be in the film several times. She had to turn down the female lead, and by the time her schedule allowed her to participate in the film, only the role of God, which involves virtually no dialogue and only an appearance at the very end of the film, was left. She also appeared in the hit HBO comedies Sex and the City and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and starred in the play The Vagina Monologues.
2002–2003: Under Rug Swept
In 2001, Morissette was featured with Stephanie McKay on the Tricky song “Excess”, which is on his album Blowback. Morissette released her fifth studio album, Under Rug Swept, in February 2002. For the first time in her career, she took on the role of sole writer and producer of an album. Her band, comprising Joel Shearer, Nick Lashley, Chris Chaney and Gary Novak, played the majority of the instruments; additional contributions came from Eric Avery, Dean DeLeo, Flea and Meshell Ndegeocello. Shortly after recording the album, Morissette hired an entirely new band, featuring Jason Orme, Zac Rae, David Levita and Blair Sinta, who have been with her since.

Under Rug Swept debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, eventually going platinum in Canada and selling one million copies in the U.S. It produced the hit single “Hands Clean”, which topped the Canadian Singles Chart and received substantial radio play; for her work on “Hands Clean” and “So Unsexy”, Morissette won a Juno Award for Producer of the Year. A second single, “Precious Illusions”, was released, but it did not garner significant success outside Canada or U.S. hot AC radio. Other singles from the album included “Flinch” and “Surrendering”.

Later in 2002, Morissette released the combination package Feast on Scraps, which includes a DVD of live concert and backstage documentary footage directed by her, and a CD containing eight previously unreleased songs from the Under Rug Swept recording sessions. Preceded by the single “Simple Together”, it sold roughly 70,000 copies in the U.S. and was nominated for a Juno Award for Music DVD of the Year. In late 2003, Morissette appeared in the off-Broadway play The Exonerated as Sunny Jacobs, a death row inmate freed after proof surfaced that she was innocent.
2004: So-Called Chaos
The first single from So Called Chaos showcased a more relaxed and self-evaluating Morissette and was a moderate success.

Morissette hosted the Juno Awards of 2004 dressed in a bathrobe, which she took off to reveal a flesh-coloured bodysuit, a response to the era of censorship in the U.S. caused by Janet Jackson’s breast-reveal incident during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show. Morissette released her sixth studio album, So-Called Chaos, in May 2004. She wrote the songs on her own again, and co-produced the album with Tim Thorney and pop music producer John Shanks. The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 chart to generally mixed critical reviews, and it became Morissette’s lowest seller in the U.S. The lead single, “Everything”, achieved major success on adult top 40 radio in America and was moderately popular elsewhere, particularly in Canada, although it failed to reach the top forty on the U.S. Hot 100. Because the first line of the song includes the word asshole, American radio stations refused to play it, and the single version was changed to include the word nightmare instead. Two other singles, “Out Is Through” and “Eight Easy Steps”, fared considerably worse commercially than “Everything”, although a dance mix of “Eight Easy Steps” was a U.S. club hit.

By mid 2004, Morissette had become an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church, a religious organization that offers anyone semi-immediate ordination as a minister free of charge. In June, Morissette announced her engagement to actor, and fellow Canadian, Ryan Reynolds. During that time, she gave an interview to British newspaper The Mirror in which she discussed her past homosexual relationships, having dated a twenty-nine year-old man at age fourteen and, briefly, her experiences with drugs. In the article, she was quoted as saying: “My addictions were work and food. I smoked pot once in a while, but I’m too much of a control freak to be a drug person.” She expanded her acting credentials with the July release of the Cole Porter biographical film De-Lovely, in which she performed the song “Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love)” and had a brief role as an anonymous stage performer. Morissette embarked on a U.S. summer tour with long-time friends and fellow Canadians, the Barenaked Ladies, working with the non-profit environmental organization Reverb.
2005: Jagged Little Pill Acoustic and The Collection
In February 2005, Morissette became a naturalized citizen of the United States while maintaining her Canadian citizenship. Morissette refers to herself as a Canadian–American.The same month, she made a guest appearance on the Canadian television show Degrassi: The Next Generation with Dogma co-star Jason Mewes and director Kevin Smith.

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of Jagged Little Pill, Morissette released a studio acoustic version, Jagged Little Pill Acoustic, in June 2005. The album was released exclusively through Starbucks’ Hear Music retail concept through their coffee shops for a six-week run. The limited availability led to a dispute between Maverick Records and HMV North America, who retaliated by removing from sale Morissette’s other albums for the duration of Starbucks’ exclusive six-week sale. Jagged Little Pill Acoustic sold around 300,000 copies in the U.S., and a video for “Hand in My Pocket” received rotation on VH1 in America. The accompanying tour ran for two months in mid 2005, with Morissette playing small theatre venues. During the same period, Morissette was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame

Morissette released the greatest hits album Alanis Morissette: The Collection in late 2005. The lead single and only new track, a cover of Seal’s “Crazy”, was a U.S. adult top 40 and dance hit, but it achieved only minimal chart success elsewhere, as did the album. A limited edition of The Collection features a DVD including a documentary with videos of two unreleased songs from Morissette’s 1996 Can’t Not Tour: “King of Intimation” and “Can’t Not” (a reworked version of the latter appeared on Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie). The DVD also includes a ninety-second clip of the unreleased video for the single “Joining You”. Morissette contributed the song “Wunderkind” to the soundtrack of the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and it was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
2006–present
In April 2006, MTV News reported that Morissette would reprise her role in The Exonerated in London from May 23 through the May 28.

Rolling Stone reported in January 2006 that Morissette was in between “intense” writing sessions for her upcoming studio album, which was to be co-produced by Mike Elizondo, and that she was going to spend 2006 working on a memoir. She said of her book, “it will be all the wisdom I’ve accrued in the thirty-one years of my life […] A lot about relationships, fame, travel, body-image issues, spirit — with a lot of self-deprecating humor peppered throughout, ’cause I just can’t help it.” 2006 marked the first year in the recorded history of Morissette’s musical career that she had not a single concert appearance showcasing her own songs, with the exception of an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in January when she performed “Wunderkind”. During this period, she delved back into acting, guest starring in an episode of Lifetime’s Lovespring International and three episodes of FX’s Nip/Tuck, playing a lesbian. In October 2006, Morissette said in an interview with TV Guide that she was going to start writing new material over the next few weeks, saying “I usually fill two journals for each record and at the present, I have seven journals full. I have a lot within me ready to burst out.”

In June 2006, People magazine reported that Morissette had split from her fiancé, Ryan Reynolds, but neither party confirmed the report. The following month, a source said that they were together, Contact Music reported that their split was a “rumor”, and they were pictured holding hands in Los Angeles. In February 2007, representatives for Morissette and Reynolds announced that they had mutually decided to end their engagement.

On April 1, 2007, Morissette released a parody of The Black Eyed Peas’ “My Humps”, which she recorded in a slow, mournful voice and accompanied only by a piano. The accompanying YouTube-hosted video, in which she dances provocatively with a group of men and hits the ones who attempt to touch her “lady lumps”, had received nearly five million views by April 13. Morissette did not take any interviews to explain the song, which some believe is a harp on commercial music, showing how silly some song lyrics are. Some believe it is a parody of the frequency with which she performs cover songs. It is also believed that Morissette herself did it as an April Fools’ Day joke. Black Eyed Peas vocalist Fergie responded by sending Morissette a buttocks-shaped cake with an approving note. By July 2007, the video had reached the top forty on YouTube’s list of the most viewed videos of all time, having garnered more than eight million hits.

Morissette singing the national anthems at the Stanley Cup Finals, Game 4, 2007Morissette performed at a gig for The Nightwatchman, a.k.a. Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, at the Hotel Café in Los Angeles on April 24, 2007. There, she said that she and producer Guy Sigsworth had been “sequestered in London and L.A. over the last few months writing a bevy of new songs”. Accompanied by Sigsworth on piano, Morissette played a new song, “Not as We”.

On June 4, 2007, Morissette performed the “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “O Canada”, the American and Canadian national anthems, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Ottawa Senators and the Anaheim Ducks in Ottawa, Ontario.
Discography
Albums
Alanis (Canada-only, 1991)
Now Is the Time (Canada-only, 1992)
Jagged Little Pill (1995)
Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (1998)
Alanis Unplugged (1999)
Under Rug Swept (2002)
Feast on Scraps (CD/DVD, 2002)
Alanis Morissette – iTunes Originals (2004)
So-Called Chaos (2004)
Jagged Little Pill Acoustic (2005)
Alanis Morissette: The Collection (2005)

Stage, film, and television
You Can’t Do That on Television, herself (1986)
Just One of the Girls, herself (1993)
South Park: “Chef Aid”, (1998)
Dogma, God (1999)
The Vagina Monologues (1999)
Sex and the City, Dawn (episode “Boy, Girl, Boy, Girl”, 1999)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, That Woman (God) (2001)
Class Dismissed, herself (2001)
We’re with the Band, herself (2002) (“Hands Clean”, “Baba”, “You Oughta Know”, “Thank U”)
Curb Your Enthusiasm, herself (episode “The Terrorist Attack”, 2002)
Celebridade, herself (2003)
The Exonerated, Sunny Jacobs (2003)
De-Lovely, unnamed singer (2004) (“Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love”)
American Dreams, Singer in the Lair (episode “What Dreams May Come”, 2004)
Degrassi: The Next Generation, principal (episode “Goin’ down the Road: Part 1”, 2005)
Fuck, herself (2005)
Just Friends, herself (deleted scene), (2005)
Lovespring International, Lucinda (2006)
Nip/Tuck, Poppy (2006)
Head-case, herself (2007)

Videography
Jagged Little Pill, Live (1997)
Alanis Morissette: Live in the Navajo Nation (2002)
Feast on Scraps (2002)
VH1 Storytellers: Alanis Morissette (2005)
Global Warming: The Signs and The Science (2005) — hosted
The Great Warming (2006) — hosted

Tours
1990: Vanilla Ice tour (opening act)
1995: Jagged Little Pill/Intellectual Intercourse Tour
1996: Can’t Not Tour
1998: Dhanyavad Tour
1999: Junkie Tour
1999: 5 ½ Weeks Tour
2000: One Tour
2001: Under Rug Swept Tour
2002: Toward Our Union Mended Tour
2003: All I Really Want/Feast on Scraps Tour
2004: So-Called Chaos Tour/Au Naturale Tour
2005: Diamond Wink Tour

Awards and nominations
1996 
American Music Awards for “Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist” (nominated).
American Music Awards for “Favorite Pop/Rock New Artists” (nominated).
Grammy Awards for “Album of the Year” for “Jagged Little Pill” (winner).
Grammy Awards for “Best Female Rock Vocal Performance” for “You Oughta Know” {winner}.
Grammy Awards for “Best New Artist” {nominated}.
Grammy Awards for “Best Rock Album” for “Jagged Little Pill” (winner).
Grammy Awards for “Best Rock Song” for “You Oughta Know” (winner).
Grammy Awards for “Song of the Year” for “You Oughta Know” (nominated).
Juno Awards for “Best Album” for “Jagged Little Pill” {winner}.
Juno Awards for “Best Female Vocalist” {winner}.
Juno Awards for “Hard Rock Album of the Year” for “Jagged Little Pill” {winner}.
Juno Awards for “Single of the Year” for “You Oughta Know” {winner}.
Juno Awards for “Songwriter of the Year” {winner}.
MTV Music Video Awards for “Best Direction” for “Ironic” (nominated).
MTV Music Video Awards for “Best Editing” for “Ironic” (winner).
MTV Music Video Awards for “Best Female Video” for “Ironic” (winner).
MTV Music Video Awards for “Best New Artist” for “Ironic” (winner).
MTV Music Video Awards for “Video of the Year” for “Jagged Little Pill” (nominated).
MTV Music Video Awards for “Viewer’s Choice” for “Ironic” (nominated).
1997
American Music Awards for “Favorite Pop/Rock Album” for “Jagged Little Pill” (winner).
American Music Awards for “Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artists” (winner).
Grammy Awards for “Best Music Video, Short Form” for “Ironic” (nominated).
Grammy Awards for “Record of the Year” for “Ironic” (nominated).
Juno Awards for “Single of the Year” for “Ironic” {winner}.
Juno Awards for “Songwriter of the Year” {winner}.
1998
Grammy Awards for “Best Music Video, Long Form” for “Jagged Little Pill Live” {winner).
1999
Grammy Awards for “Best Female Rock Vocal Performance” for “Uninvited” {winner}.
Grammy Awards for “Best Rock Song” for “Uninvited” (winner).
Grammy Awards for “Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media” for “Uninvited” (nominated).
2000
Grammy Awards for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance” for “Thank U” (nominated).
Juno Awards for “Best Album” for “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie” {winner}.
Juno Awards for “Best Female Vocalist” {nominated}.
Juno Awards for “Best Pop/Adult Album” for “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie” (nominated).
Juno Awards for “Best Video” for “So Pure” (winner).
Juno Awards for “Songwriter of the Year” for “So Pure”, “Thank U”, “Unsent” {nominated}.
MTV Music Video Awards for “Best Choreography” for “So Pure” (nominated).
2001
Grammy Awards for “Best Female Rock Vocal Performance” for “So Pure” (nominated).
2003
Juno Awards for “Artist of the Year” {nominated}.
Juno Awards for “Jack Richardson Producer of the Year” for “Hands Clean”, “So Unsexy” {winner}.
Juno Awards for “Pop Album of the Year” for “Under Rug Swept” (nominated).
2004
Juno Awards for “Music DVD of the Year” for “Feast On Scraps” (nominated).
2006
Golden Globe Awards for “Best Original Song” for “Wunderkind” (nominated).

Newest releases : Not as we song Not as we video & Underneath song Underneath video

Alanis got married!

Alanis got married!

Alanis Morissette has one hand in her pocket and the other one is showing a wedding ring! 

She recently got married to rapper Mario “MC Souleye” Treadway, as her rep confirmed.

The two had a small, intimate ceremony at their LA home on May 22 2010, exactly 10 days before the singer’s 36th birthday.

She thanked fans on Facebook for all the birthday wishes, and she said that things are “better” than she imagined they would be now.

“Thank you guys so much for your sweet birthday well-wishings….getting older has turned out to be better than I imagined…things getting softer and clearer and juicier and and and….

Big love to you each. xoxo Alanis.”

Then she sprang the news…

“So happy to share with you that my man, Souleye, and I got married. We’re very excited to embark on this journey with each other.”

 We’re happy for Alanis and wish the both of them all the best! 

Alanis in concert at Agape

Alanis in concert at Agape

 Alanis at Agape

Eight time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette will be performing live for a charity benefit concert at  the Agape International Spiritual Center.

The fundraiser will be held on August 7 2010, with tickets going on sale starting July 7. According to the presentation, the concert will benefit Agape Youth.

Alanis Morissette has won 8 Grammy Awards and according to the Recording Industry Association of America, Jagged Little Pill is the best-selling international debut album by a female artist, with more than 30 million records sold worldwide. Morissette remains not only a popular artist, but one whose success stems from a fierce commitment to authenticity and, to an equal extent, vulnerability.

You can purchase the tickets online by going to the Agape Website.

Alanis is pregnant

Alanis is pregnant

Something You Oughta Know!

Alanis finally put an end to all the rumours, and confirmed that she and her husband Mario are in fact expecting their first child!

She announced the happy news in the new “Us Weekly” magazine.
In the article “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me” Alanis listed “I am pregnant!” as her No. 25.

Later she confirmed the news on Twitter : “yes, happy news….i’m pregnant 🙂 we’re so excited to start our family…. xo a”

We are very happy and excited for her and Mario, and wish them good luck with the pregnancy and all the preparations!

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Alanis Utopia is 9 years

Happy Birthday to Alanis Utopia

It’s been 9 years since the Alanis Utopia Forums were born, and it’s been a great 9 years!

We are happy that many people here have met some amazing friends over here!
Some of us have met several members in person, and it was always a great pleasure to meet other Utopians!

The best part of AU however, is the fact that our members are always ready to help other people out, with advice, or a listening ear, with praise, with criticism, with videos and audio, with amazing pictures, and just by being great!

AU would never have become what it is, without its members!

From all of us here, we want to thank all our members, past, present and future for their continued support, help and patronage!

The AU team

PS and thanks to Alanis Morissette of course!

Alanis had a baby

We’re happy to inform you that Alanis and Mario are the proud mom and dad of a baby boy!

Alanis Morissette and her husband Mario Treadway had a very special Christmas! Their baby was born. They are now the parents of a new baby boy!

“Alanis and Mario welcomed the baby boy, named Ever Imre Morissette-Treadway, on Dec. 25th” said Alanis’ representative. “And everyone is healthy and happy, and doing fine”.

The singer/songwriter, aged 36, announced her pregnancy in August. She and Mario, 30, were married May 22 at their Los Angeles home.

Morissette admitted before the birth that the pregnancy had been a surprise, though a very happy one.

She enjoyed one last send-off before motherhood commenced, and was seen beaming and showing off her bump at the baby shower in October.

Leave it to Alanis to have a baby on Christmas day! 😉

We congratulate the happy couple and wish them all the best in the world!

Alanis Utopia

Into A King

Anniversary Song

Into A King

It started harmless enough
Animal infatuation
But something within it prevailed

You were a sweet amalgamation
Of all the parts i have loved
The hottest slippery slope

And out came depth
And out comes healing
Out comes friendship unlike any i have known

Happy anniversary baby
You’ve gone from a prince into a king
Happy anniversary darling
I’ve gone from a maiden to a queen

Continued and softened us up
Our rocks are hewn by this water of love
And steadfast: our pinky swear

And out comes fun
Out comes relief
Out comes championing unlike any i have known

Happy anniversary baby
You’ve gone from a prince into a king
Happy anniversary darling
I’ve gone from a maiden to a queen

And how far have we come
How far we’ve yet to go
Til we’re gray great grandparents
Til we’re one tiny little wrinkle
I say i do i do i do

Happy anniversary baby
You’ve gone from a prince into a king
Happy anniversary darling
I’ve gone from a maiden to a queen

And so, we’ll traipse from paper through diamonds
A family tree’s genesis
Our fingers t’wining together

And out comes ever
And out comes alchemy
And out comes drooling on your chest

Happy anniversary baby
You’ve gone from a prince into a king
Happy anniversary darling
I’ve gone from a maiden to a queen

Click here for the lyrics and the song