Alanis Morissette: Biography and music career

Published At: 13 February 2020 , 08:09 PM


Alanis Morissette is a Canadian singer who has become famous all over the world after the release of the album Jagged Little Pill in 1995. At 10, she wrote the first song, with which the star's ascent to the musical Olympus began. The singer has a particular timbre of voice, by which you can immediately recognize her. In addition to music, Alanis is actively involved in the film industry. Her songs sound like soundtracks in famous films.

Childhood and youth

The full name of the singer is Alanis Nadine Morissette. She was born with her twin brother Wade on June 1, 1974, in the capital of Canada, Ottawa, in a family of educators. Georgia's mother, Mary Ann, worked as a teacher, and father Alan Richard Morissette was the principal of the school. It is known that Wade was born 12 minutes earlier than his sister. The appearance of the twins was waiting for the elder brother Chad.

At the age of 6, Alanis first sat down at the piano and realized that she wanted to do creativity. In 1984, the girl wrote the first song Fate Stay with Me, which he sent to audition Lindsay Morgan. He is known as a performer of folk music. The musician immediately discerned talent in the young singer and offered his help to Morissette. Together with the mentor, she bases her label, under which she releases the single Fate Stay with Me. The song put on the radio, but so far, it is still very now from great success.

At school, teachers considered Alanis gifted, so she had an appropriate training program. She studied at the Immaculata High School and the Glebe Collegiate Institute. Both schools allow their wards to develop abilities and talents. Alanis tried to prove herself as a singer and built a career in this direction.

In 1986, she became the actress of the show You Can't Do That On Television on Nickelodeon. Then the girl learns about the American search of young talents Star Search, in which Alanis Nadine takes part under her name, but leaves after the 1st round. The talented singer spotted by MCA Publishing, with whom Morissette signed a contract in 1988 and released her debut album.

In youth, along with success, suffering comes to the girl. Alanis, still with resentment, recalls the producers who told her that she is fat and will never succeed if she does not work on weight. As a result of these suggestions, a teenager developed diseases such as anorexia and bulimia. In pursuit of the necessary body parameters, the girl ate for months only carrots, toasts, and black coffee. Weight left, then returned. It was a real nightmare for her.


In 1991, Alanis released her first dance album. He became double platinum in Canada, and the song Too Hot immediately hit the top twenty on the Canadian chart. In the same year, the singer invited to warm up with the famous rapper Vanilla Ice. In 1992, at the Canadian Juno Music Award, the single Too Hot was nominated for "Single of the Year" and "Best Dance Song." Alanis convincingly wins the category "Most Promising Singer of the Year."

Alanis Morissette - Too Hot

The second album of the singer Now Is the Time was unsuccessful for Morissette. She leaves from Ottawa to Toronto. In 1994, in her biography, she met the producer Glen Ballard. They immediately "felt" each other and composed the single The Bottom Line. Like-minded people created the second Perfect song in a record 20 minutes. All the tracks that went into the Jagged Little Pill recorded the first time.

Since 1995, the singer began working with the label Maverick Records, which releases her first international album, Jagged Little Pill. On the Billboard 200 chart, he debuted at line 118 and then rises sharply. The jerk occurred after the release of the song. You Oughta Know on one of the Los Angeles radio stations. The text contains obscene language, which attracted a lot of attention.

Alanis Morissette - Ironic

The rest of the songs also helped to keep the album on the first lines of the charts, but the song Ironic was the best for Morissette. The clip in 1996 announced in 6 nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards, of which he won three. In 1997, Ironic nominated for a Grammy.

She sets off on an 18-month tour in support of the Jagged Little Pill album, after which she leaves for India for six weeks. In 1998, Alanis wrote the soundtrack for the film "City of Angels" Uninvited. Morissette receives two Grammy awards for him next year - in the nominations for Best Rock Song and Best Female Rock Vocal.

Alanis Morissette - Uninvited

In the same year, the Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie compilation released, featuring Are You Still Mad, The Couch, One, Would Not Come, Unsent, etc. He won the Grammy Award for Best Album.

In 2002, the singer released the disc Under Rug Swept. This is her first independent work, in which she tried on the functions of a producer. The collection became platinum in Canada, and the debut on the Billboard 200 chart began immediately from the first line.

Alanis Morissette - Crazy

In 2004, Morissette released another So-Called Chaos album. In 2005, she released a collection of hits called Alanis Morissette: The Collection. The first here was a cover version of a song by Strength Crazy.

In 2006, the singer did not give a single concert, and only in 2008 in one of the interviews, she announced that she was going on a North American tour. In 2013, the album Live At Montreux 2012 released, and then, in subsequent years, according to a new trend, she recorded mini-albums and singles.


In 1999, Alanis took part in the filming of Dogma, directed by Kevin Smith. In the film, her song Still sounds.

Alanis Morissette as God (frame from the movie Dogma)

Smith is a fan of Morissette's work and has repeatedly invited her to take part in the tape, but the performer refused because of the busy concert schedule. After the tour, she starred in the role of God. On account of the singer dozens of works in film projects.

Personal life

In 1993, Alanis began dating Dave Cowler, who is known for his starring role in the TV series Full House. The reason for the couple's separation is unknown. Still, in 1995 Morissette recorded the song You Oughta Know, which becomes an unofficial anthem for women who survived the betrayal of a loved one. Then rumors spread that the composition dedicated to Cowler.

In 2004, Alanis's personal life was again in the spotlight - it became known about the engagement with Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds. After two years in the magazine, People appear information that they broke up. The fact that all these are rumors was confirmed by joint photographs of the actor and singer when they walked around Los Angeles. Nevertheless, in 2007 a message appears that the engagement between the stars broken.

In 2009, Alanis began dating rapper Mario Treadway, whom she marries in May next year. In 2010, the couple had a son, Ever Imre, and in June 2016, the daughter Onyx Soles appears. Children bear the double surname Morissette Treadway.

After the birth of her first child, Alanis again faced her nightmare - she gained weight. In the photographs from family vacations, where the singer is in a swimsuit, it is clear that she is not in good physical shape. But Morissette quickly got in form thanks to sports activities. Her weight is 53 kg, with a height of 163 cm.

Alanis Morissette now

The performer continues to do her favorite thing - music. But now her attention is entirely focused on the third child: at the end of March 2019, it became known that Morissette and her husband are in a joyful expectation of a new family member.

Alanis posted photos on Instagram with a pregnant tummy. "So much news," she signed. The celebrity did not disclose more information about her position. Presumably, the child will be born in late summer.