Alanis Nadine Morisette was born on June 1, 1974. She is an alternative-rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actress. She was born in Ottawa, Canada, to Gregoria Mary Ann (teacher) and Alan Morisette (headmaster of a high school). Her older brother, Chad is an entrepreneur and her twin brother, Wade is a musician. Morisette started playing the piano when she was six years old and composed her own songs when she was 7.
Her songs were ready by the time she was 9. She debuted on television with Nickelodeon’s show "You Can’t Do That On Television.” She appeared on it for five episodes. She saved up her earnings from the show to release her first single, "Fate Stay With Me," in 1987. This song was about lost love and heartache, as are many of her later songs. The song brought her to the notice of the record label M.C.A Canada, and at the young age of 14, Morisette signed a two-label contract with the company. In 1991 she released her first album "Alanis."
This album featured the dance- pop song "Too Hot," which earned her a Canadian Juno Award in the category of the Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year. The song was also nominated for Single of the Year and Best Recording and skyrocketed to the top twenty of the RPM chart of singles. Her next album, "Now Is The Time," was released in 1992. Its songs were more subdued and thoughtful than those of "Alanis."
Three songs of this album- "An Emotion Away," "No Apologies”, a pop-ballad song and "(Change Is) Never A Waste of Time" ,which was a huge hit ,became one of the most popular songs of the country. However, the album failed to sell and was not as popular as her previous release. In 1993, Morisette’s career reached a new height. She shifted to Toronto after graduating high school, where she met Glen Ballard. Ballard, a music producer and lyricist, saw potential in Morisette and let her use his personal recording studio.
He also helped her compose and write the songs of "Jagged Little Pill," her first internationally acclaimed album. One particular single that was a favorite of audiences worldwide was "You Oughta Know"- mainly because of its poignant lyrics and catchy rhythm. The album won a Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. Her next album was "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" (1998). The songs of this album were less about rage and more about redemption. Her fans, who could relate to the angst and frustration of her previous songs, also seemed to relate to this form of personal introspection and thus the album rose to the top of the charts in no time.
Apart from music, Morisette has had a very successful acting career as well. She returned to television in the show "Weeds" (2009-2010) and has starred in the film "Dogma" (1999). She has played roles in dramas like "The Vagina Monologues," "The Exonerated," and "The Oak Tree." Morisette’s failed relationship with actor
contributed to the melancholy that course through her album "Flavors of Entanglement" (2003). According to her, it was a cathartic experience, which was necessary for her to cope with the emotionally turbulent time. In 2010, she married Mario Treadway, and in the same year, and has son Ever Imre Morisette-Treadway. Her recent album "Havoc and Bright Lights" (2012) was released only on a digital platform.