Alanis Morissette

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Alanis Nadine Morissette (born June 1, 1974) is a Canadian-American alternative rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress. She has won 16 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards.

 

Morissette began her career in Canada, and as a teenager recorded two dance-pop albums, Alanis and Now Is the Time, under MCA Records Canada. Her first international album was the rock-influenced Jagged Little Pill, released in 1995. She has two siblings, a three years older brother, Chad and a twin brother (12 minutes younger) and fellow musician Wade Morissette.

 

Her father was of French and Irish descent and her mother had Hungarian ancestry. Morissette had a Catholic upbringing. She attended Holy Family Catholic School for elementary school and Immaculata High School for Grades 7 and 8 before completing the rest of her high school at Glebe Collegiate Institute (Ottawa, Canada).

 

She dated actor and comedian Dave Coulier for a short time in the early 1990s. In a 2008 interview with the Calgary Herald, Coulier claimed to be the ex-boyfriend who inspired Morissette’s song “You Oughta Know”. Morissette, however, has maintained her silence on the subject of the song. Morissette met Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds at Drew Barrymore’s birthday party in 2002, and the couple began dating soon after.

 

They announced their engagement in June 2004. In February 2007, representatives for Morissette and Reynolds announced they had mutually decided to end their engagement. Morissette has stated that her album Flavors of Entanglement was created out of her grief after the break-up, saying that “it was cathartic”.

 

Morissette has appeared in eight episodes of Weeds, playing Dr. Audra Kitson, a “no-nonsense obstetrician” who treats pregnant main character Nancy Botwin. Her first episode aired in July 2009. In early 2010, Morissette returned to the stage, performing a one night engagement in An Oak Tree, an experimental play in Los Angeles. The performance was a sellout.

 

In April 2010 Morissette was confirmed in the cast of Weeds season six, performing again her role as Dr. Audra Kitson. Morissette met Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds at Drew Barrymore’s birthday party in 2002, and the couple began dating soon after. They announced their engagement in June 2004. In February 2007, representatives for Morissette and Reynolds announced they had mutually decided to end their engagement.

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Morissette has stated that her album Flavors of Entanglement was created out of her grief after the break-up, saying that “it was cathartic”.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.