Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette

About Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette's searing voice is only matched in potency by her lyrics' brutal honesty—and the two combined have made her one of pop's leading truth-tellers about love and the human condition. Born in 1974, Morissette grew up in Germany and Canada, acting on Nickelodeon’s You Can't Do That on Television and writing her own songs. Her debut album, 1991's dance-pop Alanis, sold well in Canada and garnered her Juno nominations, but it was her third album that caused the rest of the world to take notice. Blending the rage that fueled alt-rock's early-'90s rise with unflinching lyrics and a keen pop sensibility, 1995's Jagged Little Pill quickly became a worldwide phenomenon thanks to singles like the blistering "You Oughta Know" and the playfully yearning "Ironic." A smoldering candor has defined her career since then, with songs like the ghostly "Uninvited," the forthright "Hands Clean," and the sparkling "Guardian" offering catharsis and pop bliss in tandem. In 2018, she and screenwriter Diablo Cody debuted their hit musical, also called You Oughta Know, in which characters from all walks of life sing, holler, and wail songs from Morissette's body of work, raising their voices as they follow along on her life-long search for meaning and love. Its success only confirms what her diehard fans already knew: Her catalog, with all its raw emotion and vocal triumphs, has eternal, universal appeal.

  • HOMETOWN
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • BORN
    June 1, 1974