Alanis Nadine Morissette is a CanadianAmerican alternative rock singersongwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress. Morissette began her career in Canada when she signed a twoalbum recording contract with MCA Records Canada where she released two commercially successful dancepop albums, Alanis and Now Is the Time . Following the release of the albums Morissette left MCA Records Canada and was introduced to manager Scott Welch. Morissette began working on new music, after moving from her hometown of Ottawa to Toronto, but did not make much progress until travelling to Los Angeles, where she met Glen Ballard.
Morissette was born June 1, 1974, in Ottawa, Canada, to teacher Georgia Mary Ann and highschool principal Alan Richard Morissette. She has two siblings older brother Chad is a business entrepreneur, and twin brother Wade is a musician. Her father was of French and Irish descent and her mother had Hungarian ancestry. Her parents were teachers in a military school and due to their work often had to move. From 1977 to 1980 Morissette spent three years of her childhood in Germany. When she was six years old, she returned to Ottawa and started to play the piano. In 1981, when she was seven years old, she began dance lessons. Morissette had a Catholic upbringing. She attended Holy Family Catholic School for elementary school and Immaculata High School for Gradesandbefore completing the rest of her high school at Glebe Collegiate Institute . She appeared on the childrens television show You Cant Do That on Television for five episodes when she was in elementary school.