Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette Biography

Yes, it's true: Alanis Morissette isn't angry anymore. She's rich, successful, happily engaged to actor Ryan Reynolds, and getting in touch with her folkie side on an all-acoustic update of her classic 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill (available now in stores everywhere -- including ours).

So what does this former infatuation junkie listen to now that she's found some inner peace? We wanted to know, so we asked Alanis to make us a mixtape. Here's what she gave us.

1. Rufus Wainwright - "Poses" - "When on tour and needing to drop off the radar, I would put this song on repeat and lie on the floor, stare at the ceiling, play it 10 times in a row, and sob."

2. Joni Mitchell - "River" - "The emotion in this song comes closest to how it feels for me to be a Canadian and to feel the melancholy that often accompanies the dark winter months."

3. Tears For Fears - "Mad World" - "Reminds me of my fiancée, as we were both obsessed with this song last Christmas."

4. Stevie Wonder - "We Can Work it Out" - "We would listen to this song on the trains on tour in Japan, and be dancing all around the aisles, it's such a joy ball song."

5. The Sundays - "Summertime" - "Her voice is my fantasies woman's voice: young, conversational, not precious, joy, strong, smart, feminine. I had a dream not long ago that we hung out, she was very cool in the dream."

6. Nick Drake - "Pink Moon" - "I go through phases every few months (quarterly!) where I have to have the fix of hearing his voice, his choices and his sweet spirit."

7. David Wilcox - "Chet Baker's Unsung Swan Song" - "This song is one of my favorites, my fiancée played it for me on a drive up into the mountains, and I asked him to play it ten more times. For me it's like staring at a beautiful painting, while holding the painter's heart. Songwriters that are courageous enough to share their inner world, so grateful to be trusted with that."

8. Rickie Lee Jones - "On Saturday Afternoons in 1963" - "Living in Germany when I was younger, my parents' music was the only music I had access to, and I fell in love with this song, considering it a tip of the hat to my parents having exposed me to this whole era of music that I was too young to appreciate."

9. Jane Siberry - "Red High Heels" - "She was the first artist I was in love with when I was 10 years old. The first concert I ever went to, and the first song that validated my love of stream of consciousness. I would get lost in her words and landscapes for hours with my headphones on as a young girl."

10. R.E.M. - "Hope" - I love Michael. I love his willingness and courage and surrender and his immeasurable good will. And I love this song in particular because its melody tips its hat at Leonard Cohen, whom I also adore."

Alanis Morissette Bio from Discogs

Canadian singer born on June 1, 1974 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She has two brothers, older brother Chad Morissette and twin brother Wade Morissette. She is married to Mario Treadway.

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