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A former child actress turned dance-pop diva, Alanis Morissette transformed herself into a confessional alternative singer/songwriter, in the vein of Liz Phair and Tori Amos. However, she added enough pop sensibility and marketing savvy to that formula to become a worldwide superstar with her third album, Jagged Little Pill.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Morissette began playing piano and writing songs at the age of ten. That same year she joined the cast of "You Can't Do That on Television", a children's television program and using money that she earned on the show, Morissette recorded an independent single, "Fate Stay With Me". After leaving the show, she signed a music publishing contract and by the age of 14 she released her debut album, Alanis.
Alanis was a collection of pop-oriented dance numbers and ballads that was successful in Canada, and lead to a Juno Award for Most Promising Female Artist. In 1992, she released Now Is the Time, an album that closely resembled her debut and soon afterwards, Morissette relocated to Los Angeles, where she met Glen Ballard in early 1994. Despite the duo's mainstream pop pedigree, they decided to pursue an edgier, alternative rock-oriented direction. The result was Jagged Little Pill, which skyrocketed Alanis' career and introduced the world to her incredible talent.
On the strength of the single "You Oughta Know," Jagged Little Pill gained a lot of attention upon its release in the summer of 1995. Soon, the single received heavy airplay from both alternative radio and television, sending the album into the Top Ten and multi-platinum status. The second and third singles from Jagged Little Pill, "Hand in My Pocket" and "All I Really Want," kept the album in the Top Ten and in early 1996, she was nominated for six Grammy Awards. Shortly after the nominations, Morissette released her fourth single, "Ironic," which proved to be her biggest crossover success. Morissette won several Grammy Awards in 1996, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year.
Her much-anticipated follow-up, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, was released in the autumn of 1998. An Unplugged set appeared a year later, and in 2002 Morissette released Under Rug Swept. So-Called Chaos followed in 2004, and a year later she took Jagged Little Pill on the road as an acoustic tour. Morissette and her fans had grown up. Collection, an 18-track retrospective of her work, followed in November 2005.
Morissette's success and fan base has only grown over the years and now she's back with her eagerly anticipated new album Flavors of Entaglement. This morning Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette chats with host Lynn Hoffman and tells all about her immense career from writing her first song at 10 years old to becoming an overnight success to how she approached working on this new album and what it means to her. Plus, don't miss exclusive performances of her hits "Ironic", "8 Easy Steps", "Thank U" and her new songs "Tapes" and "Underneath".
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