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Alanis Morissette

Please join us for 46 trivia facts about the singer and artist Alanis Morissette, who has been crowned by The Rolling Stone magazine as "Queen of Alt-Rock Angst".


1. She was born in Ottawa Canada on June 1, 1974, as Alanis Nadine Morissette.

2. She has a twin brother named Wade who is 12 minutes younger than her. He is, also in the music business.

3. She started writing songs at a very young age. She noted that she wrote her first song at the age of nine.

4. In her youth and twenties, Morissette suffered from depression and eating disorders - anorexia and bulimia.

5. Alanis Morissette is vegan.

6. Already at the age of 10, she starred in the Canadian TV series "You Can't Do That On Television".

7. With the money she earned from the TV series, Alanis recorded her first single "Fate Stay With Me" in 1989.

8. In 1991, only at the age of 17, Alanis released her first album - "Alanis". A hugely successful pop/dance album in Canada, it has been compared to the American Debbie Gibson and even served as the opening show for Vanilla Ace.

9. In 1992, Alanis was nominated for the Canadian Juno Awards in three categories. That same year she released the album "Now is the Time" in which she tried the dance-pop style, but it failed and her contract with the record company was not renewed.

10. In 1993, Alanis moved to Toronto in an attempt to seek her fortune in music. She later moved to Nashville but even, in this case, her efforts did not bear fruit.

11. In frustration, Alanis decides to move to Los Angeles, where she met producer and author Glenn Ballard. The connection between them was immediate and after a 30-minute session, they had already started recording songs in his home studio.

12. The first song the two wrote together for the album was “Ironic”.

13. One of the defining moments in the relationship between Alanis and Ballard was during the writing of the song "Perfect" which was written and recorded in just 20 minutes. Alanis improvised the lyrics to the sounds of Ballard's guitar playing. At this point, the "dam broke" and Alanis began writing the song "Jagged Little Pill" at a dizzying pace.

14. All the songs on the album were recorded in one or two takes at most.

15. The song "You Oughta Know" from the album featured Flea on bass guitar and Dave Navarro on guitar.

16. The song was written by Alanis about her relationship with actor Dave Coulier.

17. The song "Hand In My Pocket" was written by Alanis in just one hour.

18. The album "Jagged Little Pill" was released in 1995. Alanis was then only 21. It was a huge success with sales of over 33 million copies.

19. It also nominated Alanis for six Grammy Awards, of which she won "Album of the Year", "Best Female Rock Performance", "Best Rock Song" and "Best Rock Album".

20. At that time she was the first Canadian singer to win a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

21. After the release of the album, Alanis embarked on a worldwide tour. Who accompanied her as a drummer in this round was none other than Taylor Hawkins, known from the "Foo Fighters", drummer.

22. In 1998 Alanis recorded "Uninvited" - a theme song for the movie "City of Angels". Anyone who has not listened to the unplugged version of the song has never heard pure beauty before.

23. Later that year, Alanis released the album "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie", for which she also wrote the songs in collaboration with Glenn Ballard.

24. The tour intended to promote the album was sponsored by and Alanis received, among other things, stock options in the company under the contract signed with it. She sold the stock options a year later for $ 1.5 million.

25. In 1999, "Uninvited" won two Grammy Awards for "Best Rock Song" and "Performing the Best Vocal Rock for a Woman".

26. That same year Alanis released the acoustic album "MTV Unplugged".

27. Back in the same year, Alanis appeared in the role of "God" in Kevin Smith's "Model" and also performed the song "Still" from the film's soundtrack.

28. In 2000 she went on a world tour during which she also made two appearances in Israel.

29. In 2002, Alanis released her third international album, "Under Rug Swept". It was the first international album in which she did not collaborate with Glenn Ballard.

30. Later in 2002, Alanis released the set box "Feast on Scraps" which included, among other things, eight unofficial songs from the recordings of "Under Rug Swept".

31. In 2003 Alanis appeared in the play "The Exonerated" on Broadway. She played the role of a prisoner who was sentenced to execution and released after being proven innocent.

32. In 2004, Alanis released her fourth international album - "So-Called Chaos".

33. That same year she hosted the Canadian Juno Awards Ceremony.

34. In 2005 Alanis released an acoustic version of "Jagged Little Pill" with Glenn Ballard.

(Photo: Williams & Hirakawa)

35. That same year she released a compilation album that included recordings that had not been released on her previous albums including a performance of Seal's song "Crazy".

36. Back in that year, she wrote and recorded the song "Wunderkind" for the soundtrack of the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

37. The year 2005 was busy for Alanis who also received American citizenship that year.

38. In 2009 she appeared in the fifth season of the series "Weeds".

39. In August 2012 the album "Havoc and Bright Lights" was released. That same year, Alanis performed at Nokia Hall in Tel Aviv.

40. In 2017, her manager admitted that he stole from her during all those years a huge sum of about $ 5 million.

41. On July 30, 2018, she performed again in Israel, this time at Live Park in Rishon Lezion.

42. Alanis appeared in an advertisement for the fashion company GAP.

43. She starred in an episode of "Sex and the City" and even got to kiss Sarah Jessica Parker in one of the scenes.

44. She also appeared in the play "Monologues from the Vagina".

45. In 2004, Alanis announced her engagement to actor Ryan Reynolds. After a long period without marriage the two separate, but today she is married to rapper "Mario Souleye" and a mother of three.

46. ​​In July 2020, Alanis released her ninth album after an eight-year hiatus - "Such Pretty Forks in the Road".

47. In June 2022, Alanis released a different and special album called "The Storm Before the Calm".

An album that includes 11 instrumental pieces that take the listener on a journey between silence and storm. She created the album together with the electronic duo "Darkside".

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