Alanis Morissette


The energetic and talented new singer on the radio is not what you would call laid-back. She is in
no way a "here today, gone tomorrow" singer. I believe, she has and will revolutionize the entertianment
industry.

The daughter of Alan and Georgia Morissette, Alanis, an Ottawa native, is one of three children in
the family. She has an older brother named Chad and a twin brother named Wade. Although the name
Alanis is Greek itself, Alanis Morissette has no Greek background whatsoever. As it turns out, Alan
Morissette wanted his daughter to have a female version of his name, but he wasn\'t particularly fond of the
name Alanna. One day, by chance, he spotted the name "Alanis" in a newspaper (Chaplin 21).

Alanis loved dancing and acting when she was young and probably still does. She started learning
ballet and jazz dancing at the age of 7 (Chaplin 21). She has also done a lot of stage and theater work,
including a part on the highly popular kids\' television show "You Can\'t Do That on Television" when she
was 11 (Chaplin 21). Alanis also appeared in the TV movie "Just One of the Girls" in 1993, which starred
Corey Haim (Trynin).

Alanis also seems to be quite fond of teaching, as she once suggested that she might have been an
English or drama teacher if she hadn\'t been involved in show business (Willman 5).

She has been writing songs for fun since 9. Alanis admired the music and character of Olivia
Newton John from "Grease" tremendously when she was young, which is the main reason why she was,
and is so interested in music. She also loved the writing style of George Michael. With the help of a friend
of the family who was in the music business, Alanis released her first ever single at the young age of
eleven. The song was called "Fate Stay With Me", and it was independently produced with money coming
out of her own pocket. The song was not a hit by any means, but it got some air-play on Canadian radio
stations (Willman 5).

At age 13, Alanis met Leslie Howe, who did the group one-to-one, and they started writing
together. Eventually, she was signed to MCA, and she recorded her first album, "Alanis," in 1990 (Cuellar
G7). Released in 1991, the music on this album is mostly pop and dance, along the lines of Paula Abdul.
This recording proved to be a big hit in her homeland, as "Alanis" went platinum in Canada. She was
labeled as a teenager pop/dance sensation. Her success won her a Juno Award which is Canada\'s version of
the Grammy, as the most promising new female vocalist (Trynin).

Her sophomore album "Now Is the Time" was released by MCA in late 1992 (Trynin). "Now Is
the Time" is also a pop album, but this recording as a whole seems to be more mature than her first album
that sounds less like a dance album. "Now Is the Time" nevertheless went platinum in Canada (Trynin).

Despite being relatively well known in Canada, Alanis was a virtual stranger in the United States.
Her biggest gigs so far were singing the national anthem at the first Ottawa Senator\'s game and singing her
song "Too Hot" on the 1992 NHL Awards (Chaplin 21). This may all change after Alanis is signed to
Madonna\'s Maverick Label. After trying to co-write with hundreds of people and being disappointed each
time, Alanis finally met Glen Ballard through MCA publishing, and immediately the two enjoyed each
other\'s writing style.

Her third release, "Jagged Little Pill" showed a very different Alanis than in the previous two
albums. Instead of using MIDI machines, sequencers and other electronic gadgets, Alanis Morissette has
human band players (Willman 5). Also, the lyrics in this album are much more intelligent, meaningful, and
bitter. Alanis believes that the catalyst for her change in attitude and character was her move from Canada
to Los Angeles, where she learned to live independently in a big city. Alanis says that she is now mature
enough to tap into an honesty that she wasn\'t ready to deal with when she was younger. Most of the songs
on "Jagged Little Pill" are in one way or another autobiographical.