Her ninth album, Such Pretty Forks in the Roadwas released in Morissette has sold more than 75 million records worldwide and has been dubbed the "Queen of Alt-Rock Angst" by Rolling Stone. Between the ages of three and six she lived with her parents in Lahr Black ForestGermany. When she was six years old, she returned to Ottawa and started to play the piano. Inat the age of seven, she began dance lessons. Morissette co-wrote every track on the album with its producer, Leslie Howe.
The dance-pop album went platinum and its first single, " Too Hot ", reached the top 20 on the RPM singles chart. 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. Inshe released her second album, Now Is the Timea ballad -driven record that featured less glitzy production than Alanis and contained more thoughtful lyrics.
She said of the album, "People could go, 'Boo, hiss, hiss, this girl's like another Tiffany or whatever. The industry considered it a commercial failure, however, since it sold only a little more than half the copies of her first album.
At the time she was still living at home with her parents. Together they decided it would be best for her career to move to Toronto and start writing with other people. In the same year she learned how to play guitar.
According to manager Welch, every label they approached, apart from Maverick, declined to sign Morissette. Maverick Records released Jagged Little Pill internationally in The album was expected only to sell enough for Morissette to make a follow-up, but the situation improved quickly when KROQ-FMan influential Los Angeles modern rock radio station, began playing " You Oughta Know ", the album's first single, featuring Flea and Dave Navarro.
After the success of " You Oughta Know ", the album's other hits helped send Jagged Little Pill to the top of the charts. Jagged Little Pill sold more than 16 million copies in the U.
The album was also a bestseller in Australia and the United Kingdom. Morissette's success with Jagged Little Pill was credited with opening doors for female singers such as ShakiraMeredith Brooks and, in the early s, PinkMichelle Branchand fellow Canadian Avril Lavigne. Later inMorissette embarked on an month world tour in support of Jagged Little Pillbeginning in small clubs and ending in large venues.
Taylor Hawkinswho later joined the Foo Fighterswas the tour's drummer. Radiohead joined as an opening act in the summer of Following the tour, Morissette began practicing Iyengar Yoga for balance.
After Album) last December show, she went to India for six weeks, accompanied by her mother, two aunts and two friends. She recorded the song " Uninvited " for the soundtrack to the film City of Angels. Although the track was never commercially released as a single, it received widespread radio airplay in the U. The label hoped to sell 1 million copies of the album on initial release;  instead, it debuted at number one on the Billboard chart with first-week sales ofcopies—a record, at the time, for the highest first-week sales of an album by a female artist.
The same year, she released the live acoustic album Alanis Unpluggedwhich 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 Jesus Children Of America - Stevie Wonder - Innervisions (Cassette Pain " a cover of The Police song and "No Pressure over Cappuccino", which Morissette wrote with her main guitar player, Nick Lashley.
Morissette released her fifth studio album, Under Rug Sweptin February For the first time in her career, she took on the role of sole writer and producer of an album. Under Rug Swept debuted at number one on the Billboard chart, eventually going platinum in Canada and selling one million copies in the U. Later inMorissette released the combination package Feast on Scrapswhich 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, copies in the U. Morissette hosted the Juno Awards of dressed in a bathrobe, which she took off to reveal a flesh-colored bodysuit, a response to the era of censorship in the U.
The album debuted at number five on the Billboard chart to generally mixed critical reviews, and it became Morissette's lowest seller in the U. Hot 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. Morissette embarked on a U. 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 Morissette's other albums from sale for the duration of Starbucks's exclusive six-week sale. The accompanying tour ran for two months in mid, 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 The lead single and only new track, a cover of Seal 's " Crazy ", was an Adult Top 40 and dance hit in the U.
As of November [update]The Collection had soldcopies in the U. On April 1,Morissette released a tongue-in-cheek cover of The Black Eyed Peas 's selection " My Humps ", which she recorded in a slow, mournful voice, 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 act as if attempting to touch her breasts, had received 16, views as of February 15, Morissette performed at a gig for The Nightwatchmana.
In earlyMorissette participated in a tour with Matchbox Twenty and Mutemath as a special guest. Morissette's seventh studio album, Flavors of Entanglementwhich was produced by Guy Sigsworthwas released in mid She has stated that in lateshe would embark on a North American headlining tour, but in the meantime she would be promoting the album internationally by performing at shows and festivals and making television and radio appearances.
The album's first single was " Underneath ", a video for which was submitted to the Elevate Film Festival, the purpose of which festival was to create documentaries, music videos, narratives and shorts regarding subjects to raise the level of human consciousness on the earth. Morissette contributed to 1 Giant Leapperforming "Arrival" with Zap Mama and she has released an acoustic version of her song "Still" as part of a compilation from Music for Relief in support of the Haiti earthquake crisis.
When asked about the new album during a short interview, she said she had recorded 31 songs, and that the album would "likely be out next year, probably [in] summertime".
Morissette embarked on a European tour for the summer ofaccording to Alanis. The album's lead single, "Guardian", was released on iTunes on May 15,and hit the radio airwaves four days prior to this. However, the song did become a hit in several countries in Europe.
On her website starting in the summer ofin celebration of her fortieth birthday, the LP record for her song "Big Sur" was offered for sale, which was previously available on the Target edition of her album, Havoc and Bright Lights.
July 25,was the start of the ten-show Intimate and Acoustic tour. In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the release of Jagged Little Pilla new four-disc collector's edition was released on October 30, The four-disc edition includes remastered audio of the original album as well as an entire disc of 10 unreleased demos from the era, handpicked by Morissette from her archives, offering a deeper and more personal look at the classic album.
Also included is a previously unreleased concert from as well as 's Jagged Little Pill Acoustic. In Novembershe tweeted that she was writing 22 songs with Michael Farrell. On March 16,Morissette performed a new song called "Ablaze" during her tour. In Octobershe revealed on social media that she had written 23 new songs,  and hinted at a new album with hashtag " alanismorissettenewrecord",  after a six-year hiatus.
Song titles from the writing session include "Reckoning", "Diagnosis", "Her" and "Legacy". The musical transferred to Broadway in fall ofstarting previews on November 3 and opening on December 5 at the Broadhurst Theatre.
In JuneMorissette went into studio in Los Angeles. According to an interview, she had written all the songs, and "Smiling" would be included on the new album, likely to be released early On December 1,Morissette announced her first studio album in eight years, Such Pretty Forks in the Roadset for release on May 1, The first single off the record, " Reasons I Drink ", was released on December 2, Morissette was featured on Halsey 's song "Alanis' Interlude", released on January 17, On February 5,she revealed that her upcoming album was mixed by Chris Dugan.
InMorissette had her first stint as an actress in five episodes of the children's television show You Can't Do That on Television. She appeared on stage with the Orpheus Musical Theatre Society in and InMorissette delved into acting again, for the first time sinceappearing as God in the Kevin Smith comedy Dogma and contributing the song "Still" to its soundtrack.
Morissette reprised Album) role as God for a post-credits scene in Smith's next film, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Backto literally close the book on the View Askewniverse. In lateMorissette appeared in the Off-Broadway play The Exonerated as Sunny Jacobs, a death row inmate freed after proof surfaced that she was innocent.
She expanded her acting credentials with the July release of the Cole Porter biographical film De-Lovelyin which she performed the song " Let's Do It Let's Fall in Love " and had a brief role as an anonymous stage performer.
Also inMorissette, then engaged to Ryan Reynolds, made a cameo appearance as "herself" as a former client of Reynolds' character in the film Just Friends. This scene was deleted from the theatrical release, and is only available on the DVD.
Morissette has appeared in eight episodes of Weedsplaying Dr. Audra Kitson, a "no-nonsense obstetrician" who treats pregnant main character Nancy Botwin. In earlyMorissette returned to the stage, performing a one-night engagement in An Oak Treean experimental play in Los Angeles. The performance was a sell-out. In AprilMorissette was confirmed in the cast of Weeds season six, performing again her role as Dr.
Audra Kitson. Morissette also starred in a film adaptation of Philip K. Dick 's novel Radio Free Albemuth. Morissette plays Sylvia, an ordinary woman in unexpected remission from lymphoma. Morissette stated that she is " Dick's poetic and expansively imaginative books" and that she "feel[s] blessed to portray Sylvia, and to be part of this story being told in film".
Rudolph officiated as minister for Morissette's wedding with both performing the explicit version of their hit hip hop song "Back It Up Beep Beep ". InMorissette was featured as a recurring character on adult-animation show The Great North. In OctoberConversation with Alanis Morissette features conversations with different individuals from different schools and walks of life discussing everything from psychology to art to spirituality to design to health and well-being, to relationships whether they be romantic or colleagueship or parent with children relationships.
In Januaryshe began a short-lived advice column in The Guardian newspaper. Jaggeda documentary film about Morissette and Jagged Little Pill by filmmaker Alison Klaymanis slated to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before airing on HBO as part of the upcoming Music Box series of documentary films about music history.
Morissette was raised in a devout Roman Catholic family in Canada. Throughout her teen years and 20s, Morissette suffered from depression and various eating disorders. She recovered from them and started to eat a healthier diet. In the documentary JaggedMorissette said that multiple men committed statutory rape against her when she was 15 years old. He confessed to doing so in April and was sentenced to six years in prison.
Morissette dated actor and comedian Dave Coulier for a short time in the early s. Morissette met Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds at Drew Barrymore 's birthday party inand the couple began dating soon afterwards. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Canadian musician. For other uses, see Alanis disambiguation. OttawaOntarioCanada. Musician singer songwriter actress. Mario Treadway. Wade Morissette twin brother. Alternative rock post-grunge hard rock pop rock dance-pop early. Hello, the coming weeks at grooves it's all about Stevland Hardaway Morris, a child prodigy considered to be one of the most critically and commercially successful musical performers of the late 20th century.
He has recorded more than 30 U. Blind virtually since birth, his heightened awareness of sound helped him create vibrant, colorful music teeming with life and ambition. Nearly everything he recorded bore the stamp of his sunny, joyous positivity; even when he addressed serious racial, social, and spiritual issues which he did quite often in his primeor sang about heartbreak and romantic uncertainty, an underlying sense of optimism and hope always seemed to emerge. N'joy xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx Stevland was born in Saginaw, Michigan, inthe third of six children of Calvin Judkins and Lula Mae Hardaway, a songwriter.
He was born six weeks premature which, along with the oxygen-rich atmosphere in the hospital incubator, resulted in retinopathy of prematurity ROPa condition in which the growth of the eyes is aborted and causes the retinas to detach; so he became blind.
When he was four, his mother divorced his father and moved to Detroit with her children. She changed her name back to Lula Hardaway and later changed her son's surname to Morris, partly because of relatives.
Wonder has retained Morris as his legal surname. He began playing instruments at an early age, including piano, harmonica and drums. He formed a singing partnership with a friend; calling themselves Stevie and John, they played on street corners, and occasionally at parties and dances.
Inhis family moved to Detroit, where the already musically inclined Stevie began singing in his church's choir; from there he blossomed into a genuine prodigy, learning piano, drums, and harmonica all by the age of nine. While performing for some of his friends inStevie was discovered by Ronnie White of the Miracles, who helped arrange an audition with Berry Gordy at Motown. Wonder released his first two albums in A Tribute to Uncle Ray, which featured covers of Wonder's hero Ray Charles, and The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie, an orchestral jazz album spotlighting his instrumental skills on piano, harmonica, and assorted percussion.
Neither sold very well, but that all changed in with the live album The 12 Year Old Genius, which featured a new extended version of the harmonica instrumental "Fingertips.
DuringWonder appeared in two films as himself, Muscle Beach Party and Bikini Beach, but these were not successful either. Sylvia Moy persuaded label owner Berry Gordy to give Wonder another chance. Dropping the "Little" from his name, Moy and Wonder worked together to create the hit "Uptight Everything's Alright ", and Wonder went on to have a number of other hits during the mids, including "With a Child's Heart", and "Blowin' in the Wind", a Bob Dylan cover, co-sung by his mentor, producer Clarence Paul.
He also began to work in the Motown songwriting department, composing songs both for himself and his label mates, including "The Tears of a Clown", a No. The album failed to get much attention, and its only single, a cover of "Alfie", only reached number 66 on the U.
Pop charts and number 11 on the US Adult Contemporary charts. In Septemberat the age of 20, Wonder married Syreeta Wright, a songwriter and former Motown secretary. Wright and Wonder worked together on the next album, Where I'm Coming From; Wonder writing the music, and Wright helping with the lyrics.
They wanted to "touch on the social problems of the world", and for the lyrics "to mean something" proved a turning point in Wonder's career.
On his 21st birthday, his contract with Motown expired, and the royalties set aside in his trust fund became available to him. A month before his birthday, Wonder released Where I'm Coming From, his first entirely self-produced album, which also marked the first time he wrote or co-wrote every song on an LP usually in tandem with Wrightand the first time his keyboard and synthesizer work dominated his arrangements.
Wonder did not immediately renew his contract with Motown, as the label had expected; instead, he used proceeds from his trust fund to build his own recording studio and to enroll in music theory classes at USC. He negotiated a new deal with Motown that dramatically increased his royalty rate and established his own publishing company, Black Bull Music, which allowed him to retain the rights to his music; most importantly, he wrested full artistic control over his recordings, as Gaye had just done with the landmark What's Going On.
Freed from the dictates of Motown's hit-factory mindset, Wonder had already begun following a more personal and idiosyncratic muse. One of his negotiating chips had been a full album completed at his new studio; Wonder had produced, played nearly all the instruments, and written all the material with Wright contributing to several tracks.
Around the same time it was released, Wonder's marriage to Wright broke up; the two remained friends, however, and Wonder produced and wrote several songs for her debut album. For the follow-up to Music of My Mind, Wonder refined his approach, tightening up his songcraft while addressing his romance with Wright. The result, Talking Book, was released in late and made him a superstar.
Wonder topped the charts with the gutsy, driving funk classic "Superstition" and the mellow, jazzy ballad "You Are the Sunshine of My Life," which went on to become a pop standard; those two songs went on to win three Grammys between them.
Wonder was lucky to be alive to enjoy the success; while being driven to a concert in North Carolina, a large piece of timber fell on Wonder's car. He sustained serious head injuries and lapsed into a coma, but fortunately made a full recovery.
Wonder's next record, 's Fulfillingness' First Finale, was slightly more insular and less accessible than its immediate predecessors, and unsurprisingly, imbued with a sense of mortality. It won him a second straight Album of the Year Grammy, by which time he'd been heavily involved as a producer and writer on Syreeta's second album, Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta.
Wonder subsequently retired to his studio and spent two years crafting a large-scale project that would stand as his magnum opus. Some critics called it brilliant but prone to excess and indulgence, while others hailed it as his greatest masterpiece and the culmination of his career; in the end, they were probably both right.
The hit "Isn't She Lovely," a paean to Wonder's daughter, became something of a standard. Not surprisingly, Songs in the Key of Life won a Grammy for Album of the Year; in hindsight, though, it marked the end of a remarkable explosion of creativity and of Wonder's artistic prime.
Having poured a tremendous amount of energy into Songs in the Key of Life, Wonder released nothing for the next three years. When he finally returned init was with the mostly instrumental Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants, ostensibly the soundtrack to a never-released documentary. Although it contained a few pop songs, including the hit "Send One Your Love," its symphonic flirtations befuddled most listeners and critics.
It still made the Top Ten on the LP chart on Wonder's momentum alone -- one of the stranger releases to do so. To counteract possible speculation that he'd gone off the deep end, Wonder rushed out the straightforward pop album Hotter Than July in Artistically speaking, Hotter Than July was a cut below his classic '70s output, but it was still a solid outing; fans were so grateful to have the old Wonder back that they made it his first platinum-selling LP.
InWonder began work on a follow-up album that was plagued by delays, suggesting that he might not be able to return to the visionary heights of old. He kept busy in the meantime, though; inhis racial-harmony duet with Paul McCartney, "Ebony and Ivory," hit number one, and he released a greatest-hits set covering called Original Musiquarium I. Wonder finally completed the official album he'd been working on for nearly five years, and released In Square Circle in Paced by the number one hit "Part Time Lover" -- his last solo pop chart-topper -- and several other strong songs, In Square Circle went platinum, even if Wonder's synthesizer arrangements now sounded standard rather than groundbreaking.
New studio material from Wonder didn't arrive untilAlbum) he provided the soundtrack to the Spike Lee film Jungle Fever. His next full album of new material, 's Conversation Peace, was a commercial disappointment, thought it did win two Grammys for the single "For Your Love.
Wonder capitalized on the renewed attention by cutting a hit duet with Babyface, "How Come, How Long," in During the early s, Motown remastered and reissued Wonder's exceptional run of solo albums Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants excepted and also released The Definitive Collection, a representative single-disc primer. Inafter a decade had transpired without a new studio album, Wonder released A Time to Love, which was bolstered by collaborations with Prince and Paul McCartney, Jesus Children Of America - Stevie Wonder - Innervisions (Cassette well as one with daughter and "Isn't She Lovely" inspiration Aisha Morris.
His far-reaching influence continued to be felt through samples, cover versions, and reinterpretations, highlighted by Robert Glasper Experiment and Lalah Hathaway's Grammy-winning version of "Jesus Children of America. All the while, Wonder regularly toured. From November throughhe celebrated the approaching 40th anniversary of Songs in the Key of Life with lengthy set lists that included all 21 songs of the classic album.
The result was Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta, the most delightful and consistent album of her career. As with Syreeta, this album pursues a combination of smooth soul tracks ideally suited to Syreeta's silky vocal range and more experimental outings that are creatively in line with Wonder's then-current solo work.
However, the eclecticism that weighed down Syreeta is transformed into a strength on Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta: the tracks pursue a dazzling array of different pop-soul styles, but everything is kept in check by solid performances from everyone involved and tight arrangements that keep the album's hook-filled songs on track.
It really was only intended to be a time machine for myself, to re-live my youth and learn more about what it was about these songs that made me want to be a musician. If other people like it, too, then I'm grateful. Click here to check out Bill Leverty's tour dates. GM: What is up with FireHouse?
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