has become one of the most celebrated singer/songwriters in contemporary music since her emergence on the music scene seven years ago. Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned the seven-time Grammy Award winner wide critical praise and a dedicated fan base that extends throughout the world a status that many artists aspire to achieve.
Her debut album Jagged Little Pill
created a heavy impact on listeners, revealing a talented young artist with a powerful voice and challenging vision. Jagged Little Pill
enjoyed enormous success and featured the great hits "You Oughta Know," "Hand In My Pocket," "Ironic" and "You Learn".
In 1998, Alanis returned with the release of Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
, which featured the hits "Thank U," "Unsent" and "So Pure." This album also achieved success, reflecting Alanis' expanded musical artistry.
1999 saw the release of MTV Unplugged
album, which included intimately re-worked material and introduced some unreleased work before a live audience at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Not content with just being a musical phenomena, Alanis has begun expanding her career by directing her own music clips "So Pure" and "Unsent" and she has had acting roles in "Dogma," "Sex In The City" and the off-Broadway "Vagina Monologues".
Alanis has also remained at the forefront of humanitarian issues, Internet technology, and music artists' rights.
In 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. She recently expressed her hope for a better world when she shared her song "Utopia" from her brilliant new album Under Rug Swept
, on her website in the wake of the September 11 attacks.Under Rug Swept
is a fine work of art and explores Alanis' personal and musical growth since her last album release.- Annemarie Failla