Alanis Nadine Morissette (/ˌmɒrɪˈsɛt/; born June 1, 1974) is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Known for her emotive mezzo-soprano voice, Morissette began her career in Canada in the early 1990s with two mildly successful dance-pop albums. Afterwards, as part of a recording deal, she moved to Holmby Hills, Los Angeles and in 1995 released Jagged Little Pill, a more rock-oriented album which sold more than 33 million copies globally and is her most critically acclaimed work. Her follow-up album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, was released in 1998.
Morissette assumed creative control and producing duties for her subsequent studio albums, including Under Rug Swept (2002), So-Called Chaos (2004), and Flavors of Entanglement (2008). Her eighth studio album and most recent to date, Havoc and Bright Lights, was released in 2012. Morissette has sold more than 75 million records worldwide and has been dubbed the “Queen of Alt-Rock Angst” by Rolling Stone.
2011–14: Havoc and Bright Lights
On November 20, 2011, Morissette appeared at the American Music Awards. 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”. On December 21, 2011, Morissette performed a duet of “Uninvited” with finalist Josh Krajcik during the performance finale of the X-Factor.
Morissette embarked on a European tour for the summer of 2012, according to Alanis.com. In early May 2012, a new song called “Magical Child” appeared on a Starbucks compilation called Every Mother Counts.
On May 2, 2012, Morissette revealed through her Facebook account that her eighth studio album, entitled Havoc and Bright Lights, would be released in August 2012, on new label “Collective Sounds”, distributed by Sony’s RED Distribution. On the same day, Billboard specified the date as August 28 and revealed the album would contain twelve tracks. The album’s lead single, “Guardian”, was released on iTunes on May 15, 2012, and hit the radio airwaves four days prior to this. The single had minor success in North America, charting the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles in the US and almost reaching the top 40 in Canada. However, the song did become a hit in several countries in Europe. “Receive”, the second single off the album, was released early December the same year.
Morissette received the UCLA Spring Sing’s George and Ira Gershwin Award on May 16, 2014 at Pauley Pavilion. On her Web site starting in the summer of 2014, in 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 2012 album, Havoc and Bright Lights. July 25, 2014, was the start of the ten-show Intimate and Acoustic tour.
2015–2017: Jagged Little Pill 20th anniversary
In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the release of Jagged Little Pill, a new four-disc collector’s edition was released on October 30, 2015. 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 1995 as well as 2005’s Jagged Little Pill Acoustic.
On October 27, 2017, Morissette premiered a new song entitled “Rest” and performed “Castle of Glass” with members of the band No Doubt and Mike Shinoda at the Linkin Park and Friends – Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington memorial concert.
On March 16, 2018, Morissette performed a new song called “Ablaze” during her 2018 tour. In October 2018, she revealed on social media that she had written 23 new songs, and hinted at a new album with hashtag “#alanismorissettenewrecord2019”, after an unprecedented six-year hiatus. Song titles known so far include “Rest”, “Reckoning”, “Diagnosis”, “Her” and “Legacy”. Morissette also contributed two new songs “Smiling” and “Predator” to the Jagged Little Pill musical. In June 2019, Morissette went into studio in Los Angeles. She said that she had written all the songs, and “Smiling” will be included on the new album, likely to be released in early 2020. On August 8, 2019, it was revealed that the new album is produced by Alex Hope and Catherine Marks.