Since emerging in 1995, ALANIS MORISSETTE has become one
of the premiere singer/songwriters in contemporary music. Her
deeply expressive music and performances have earned the
seven-time Grammy Award winner vast critical praise and a
dedicated fan base that extends throughout the world. She wrote
and produced her new album UNDER RUG SWEPT.
ALANIS’ groundbreaking 1995 debut Jagged Little Pill
created a heavy impact on listeners, revealing a talented young
artist with a powerful voice and challenging vision. The
monumental success of Jagged Little Pill--which featured
hits "You Oughta Know," "Hand In My Pocket," "Ironic" and "You
Learn"--kept ALANIS on the road for an 18-month world tour
between 1995 and 1996 that started in clubs and ended in arenas.
"The songs on Jagged Little Pill are tales of a young
woman determined to make her own way, inventing herself as
she leaves behind childhood indoctrination, manipulative
lovers, sleazy business associates and, finally, her own
--Jon Pareles, New York Times, August 1995
1998, ALANIS returned with the release of Supposed Former
Infatuation Junkie, which featured the hits "Thank U,"
"Unsent" and "So Pure." Upon the album’s completion, ALANIS
said: "I see every recording I’ve done as a snapshot of that
time in my life. I feel fulfilled when I feel the songs were
inspired and representative of myself in the moment."
Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie was a worldwide success,
reflecting ALANIS’ expanded musical artistry.
"Artistically, Alanis Morissette exceeds our highest hopes
on her can’t-lose new album, Supposed Former Infatuation
Junkie. The ambitious collection is her probing, shrewd,
sensual and fearlessly autobiographical exploration of being
young and female in the 90’s."
--Edna Gundersen, USA Today, October 30, 1998
1999, ALANIS produced her MTV Unplugged album, intimately
re-working her material and introducing some unreleased work
before a live audience at New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music.
The album, which featured the single "That I Would Be Good,"
focused on her penetrating vocals and creative arrangements,
becoming a fan favorite.
"Just when it seemed that this mostly acoustic series had
run dry, Morissette jump-starts it with a marvelous
performance that finds her rethinking her songs rather than
just replaying them."
--Robert Hilburn, LOS ANGELES TIMES, November 21,
addition to her musical accomplishments, ALANIS has also
expanded her career by directing videos (her own "So Pure" and
"Unsent") and acting (the film "Dogma," HBO’s "Sex In The City"
and the off-Broadway "Vagina Monologues"). At the same time,
ALANIS has remained at the forefront of humanitarian issues,
Internet technology, and music artists’ rights.
Beyond working on her album UNDER RUG SWEPT, ALANIS has
kept busy in 2001 playing various benefits, including the
televised John Lennon tribute from New York City (raising funds
to support gun control and assist victims of the September 11
attacks); Toronto’s Music Without Borders event (generating
money for the United Nations Donor Alert Appeal, aiding refugees
of the conflict in Afghanistan); and Seattle’s Groundworks
(benefiting the organization Act To Reduce Hunger).
December 2001, ALANIS was honored by the Friends of The United
Nations with a Global Tolerance Award in New York City for
making outstanding contributions to promote tolerance through
the arts in addition to her work on behalf of tolerance in her
personal life and activities. The presentation, which coincided
with the U.N.’s Human Rights Day, took place at the United
Nations and was attended by senior U.N. personnel, members of
the diplomatic community and key representatives of the private
and civil society sectors.
over 40 million albums sold worldwide, ALANIS’ universal appeal
has led to a unique connection with fans and extensive overseas
touring. During her precedent-setting summer 2000 trek through
the Middle East and Eastern Europe, ALANIS documented visits and
performances in 15 countries (including Lebanon, Croatia and
Turkey) over the Internet. In most regions, a young ambassador
escorted ALANIS beyond the usual tourist attractions to see
historical, cultural and political sites while sharing native
customs and beliefs. ALANIS wrapped up the tour with a special
acoustic performance and question-and-answer session at the
Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, which is dedicated to
teaching youth the importance of accepting diversity and sharing
cultures. Earlier that same year, ALANIS performed in Rome for
Pope John Paul II and 300,000 youth at The Great Jubilee Concert
For A Debt-Free World (to bring attention to the world’s poorest
nations and the need for social justice). ALANIS’ worldwide
travels also brought her to Cuba in 1998 on a cultural exchange
journey whereby North American artists had the chance to meet
the people, including students, of that country.
ALANIS recently expressed her hope for a better world when she
shared her song "Utopia" (written in early January 2001)--from
Under Rug Swept--on her website in the wake of the
September 11 attacks. In her own words, ALANIS "just wanted to
share as much comfort as I possibly could through the context of
music." Entertainment Weekly’s Beth Johnson described
"Utopia," noting: "Atop a gentle mandolin, calming strings, and
angelic harmonies, she softly croons her wish list for a perfect
world, a place ‘without guilt, without fear…with room for every