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Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette
Year Of Induction: 2005
Area Of Recognition: Music
Born: June 1, 1974
Birth Place: Ottawa, ON

When Alanis Morissette first burst upon the global music scene in the mid-nineties, she created a truly massive commotion by dramatically reinventing the role of confessional singer-songwriter for a new generation of music lovers.

Growing up in Ottawa, a young Morissette played the piano, composed her own songs, and began taking ballet and jazz. By the age of 10, Morissette had begun to wow Canada when she joined the cast of the children's variety show You Can't Do That On Television. Morissette used the earnings she gained from the show to record an independent single that she released at the age of 10. Four years later she landed a contract with MCA Canada and released her debut album, Alanis, in 1991. Wildly popular in Canada, Morissette's self-titled debut album went Platinum and led to a JUNO Award win for Most Promising Female Artist. Her second album, Now Is The Time, marked the next step in her artistic evolution and also went Platinum.

By the time Morissette relocated to Los Angeles in 1994, she had tapped into a new maturity and honesty in her songwriting that became evident when she met, and started working with, music producer Glen Ballard.

After signing a contract with Maverick Records, she finished writing songs for a new album that would become the internationally successful Jagged Little Pill. The first single titled "You Oughta Know" began receiving heavy airplay from both alternative radio and MTV, and took the album into the Top Ten and Multi-Platinum status. Selling over 30 million copies, Jagged Little Pill earned Morissette four Grammy wins for Album of the Year, Rock Song of the Year, Best Rock Album, and Best Female Vocal Performance for "You Oughta Know". It's little wonder the album also set the record for best-selling U.S. debut by a female solo artist.

At the age of 21, with a critically and commercially acclaimed album, Morissette became a global superstar and a spokesperson for her generation. She established herself as a live performer of rare intensity and earned the respect of fans wherever she performed. In the years that have followed that initial breakthrough, Morissette has continued to chronicle her own journey in powerful ways. 

In 2004, Morissette released the album So-Called Chaos, which debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 Chart.

She has also found time to continue to act in acclaimed television shows, including Sex and The City, Curb Your Enthusiasm and WEEDS, and was featured off-Broadway in The Vagina Monologues and The Exonerated.

In 2005, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill, Morissette released a newly recorded studio-acoustic version of her international debut album and she re-teamed with producer and co-composer Glen Ballard for the project. Jagged Little Pill Acoustic is a song-for-song rendering of the album that originally introduced a powerful young voice to our culture, changed Morissette's life and the lives of countless others. That same year, Morissette released Alanis Morissette: The Collection, a greatest hits album that featured her biggest songs from 1995 to 2004, as well as two unreleased songs from her 1996 Can't Not Tour.

Always pushing her own creative boundaries, on April 1, 2007, Morissette released a tongue-in-cheek cover of The Black Eyed Pea's number 1 song titled "My Humps". Her parody of the smash hit, which she released on YouTube, was in a much slower, mournful voice, and accompanied only by piano. The song became a video sensation over night and has received over 17,500,000 views to date. Many people theorized that an April Fools prank was the motive behind her "My Humps" cover, however Morissette chose not to take any interviews regarding the validity of the media's speculation. Morissette finally elaborated on how the video came to be, citing that she became quite emotionally loaded while recording her new songs one after the other, and one day, while speaking with producer Guy Sigsworth, she simply wished she could do a senseless song like "My Humps". They began to work on the cover and the joke took a life of its own.

In mid-2008, Morissette released her 7th studio album Flavours of Entanglement.

On May 22, 2010, Morissette married rapper Mario "MC Souleye" Treadway. They had their first child, Ever Imre Morissette-Treadway, on Christmas Day that same year.

Throughout the years, Morissette has received numerous accolades with 7 Grammy and 16 JUNO Awards, including Songwriter of the Year, Album of the Year, the International Achievement Award and Jack Richardson Producer of the Year Award.

Morissette has also lent her voice and her time to charitable events, including performances in a John Lennon tribute concert in New York City, Music Without Borders in Toronto, a U.S summer tour with long-time friends and fellow Canadians Barenaked Ladies and at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. In 2001, she was presented with the Global Tolerance Award by the Friends of the United Nations, honored as a Champion for Change in Washington D.C. as part of Stop Violence Against Women week and released an acoustic version of her song "Still" as part of a compilation from Music for Relief in support of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake Crisis.

Alanis Morissette's music comes from a woman with great talent and an even greater sense of purpose: "My life purpose is to inspire courage and compassion and the raising of consciousness on this planet so then every little thing that I do - whether it's a conversation I have or a relationship that I nurture, a tour that I go on or a song that I write - it serves me to see how in alignment it is with my purpose. My choices are a lot easier to make when I have my purpose to reference."