Canadian Alanis Nadine Morissette was born on June 1, 1974, in Ottawa, Ontario. A Greek name, Alanis is a version of her father Alan's name. Morissette was interested in music at an early age and began playing the piano when she was 6. Later, she starred on Nickelodeon's You Can't Do That on Television, and she signed a contract with MCA Canada at the age of 14. Alanis Morissette moved to Los Angeles after she graduated high school and began to search for contacts in the music world. Soon she met songwriter and producer Glen Ballard, who helped her to create her international debut album Jagged Little Pill. In 1995, Jagged Little Pill was released and sold over 30 million records.
Jagged Little Pill is still the best selling debut album by a female artist in the USA. It was released by Maverick Records, a label that Alanis Morissette shares with Madonna. Featuring the songs "You Oughta Know," "Ironic," and "Not the Doctor," Jagged Little Pill debuted at number 113 on the US charts. But when a Los Angeles radio station started playing "You Oughta Know" and other Alanis Morissette songs, people loved her and album sales shot up. Morissette released an acoustic version of the album in 2005 that was originally sold by Starbucks. With the success of Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette concerts became international sensations.
Other Alanis Morissette albums include Under Rug Swept, So-Called Chaos, and Flavors of Entanglement. Her new album, Flavors of Entanglement, came out in June of 2008. Songs include "Citizen of the Planet," "Torch," and "Straitjacket." Flavors of Entanglement has a mix of angry, sarcastic songs in the classic Alanis Morissette style and gentler tracks that show vulnerability. As with previous albums, Alanis Morissette sings about issues from her own life and emotions. Flavors of Entanglement features "Not As We," a sad ballad, and the upbeat summer song, "Giggling Again For No Reason." Fans appreciate Morissette's insightful lyrics that dip into her inner world.