In Conversation with Alanis Morissette: Healing, Health, and Having an Impact
In this profound and uplifting conversation, iconic singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette delves into the worldwide impact of her body of work since her breakthrough album Jagged Little Pill. An avid supporter of mental health, spiritual and physical wellness, and healing, Alanis shares the wisdom she’s gained along her path and how anyone can become an advocate for a better world.
Beloved singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette shared a profound message at the Engendering Love Summit, earning rave reviews
Award-winning musician, actor, and activist ALANIS MORISSETTE made a beautiful impact at the Engendering Love Summit, earning praise from the host and audience. Engendering Love empowers and honors all expressions of gender and sexuality and prioritizes authenticity and inclusivity. As a beloved artist who has gained a global fanbase for her fierce commitment to authenticity, Alanis was uniquely positioned to offer a profound conversation.
Speaking to over a thousand virtual attendees, Alanis touched on her work and advocacy for mental wellbeing, women’s empowerment, and physical and spiritual health in an uplifting moderated conversation. Following the event, the host offered glowing praise: “It was a delightful conversation, and I got tons of good feedback how much people appreciated it and Alanis’s insights. Please pass my deep heart felt gratitude to Alanis.”
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Over 25 years after the breakthrough debut of Jagged Little Pill, an album which earned four Grammys, sold 30 million records and spawned a dedicated worldwide fan base, Alanis Morissette remains not only an enduringly popular artist, but one whose celebrated body of work stems from a fierce commitment to authenticity and, to an equal extent, vulnerability. She has always evidenced that she was an artist with her own point of view and is regarded as one of the most insightful artists of our time. To this day, Jagged Little Pill remains the bestselling debut release by a female artist in the U.S. and is also the highest selling debut album worldwide in music history.
As a recording artist, Alanis Morissette has released a series of groundbreaking albums that have sold more than 60 million copies worldwide. She has won twelve Juno Awards, seven Grammy Awards and has also received an additional fourteen Grammy nominations. Her subsequent nine studio albums have all included a series of chart-topping singles. Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, the follow up to Jagged Little Pill, debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart with record-setting first-week sales of nearly 470,000 copies. The release featured "Thank U", which became a major international hit single and was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance." In 2002, she released "Under Rug Swept", which also debuted at #1 on "Billboard's Top 200." Two years later came So-Called Chaos, whose single "Everything" became an Adult Top 40 mainstay. "Eight Easy Steps" also became a club hit as a dance mix. In 2005, The Collection amassed a best-of anthology with 17 tracks that delivered favorites from previous albums, as well as a well-received cover of Seal's "Crazy." Flavors of Entanglement was released in June 2008 and debuted in the US in the Top 10 on "Billboard's Top 200" album chart. The album garnered widespread acclaim and included a worldwide tour playing to ecstatic packed-house crowds all across the globe. In August of 2012, Alanis released her highly anticipated seventh studio album, Havoc and Bright Lights to rave reviews. Most recently, in 2020, Alanis debuted her 9th studio album, Such Pretty Forks in the Road, as well as the Such Pretty Forks In The Mix EP, created by a diverse, trans-inclusive, all womxn group of artists that reimagines Alanis’ album.
Achieving success as a recording and performing artist, Alanis Morissette has lent her talents to other albums and forums. She appeared in the Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely and performed the classic "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)." Other contributions include the song "Wünderkind" to the soundtrack of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song), and the string-laden rock ballad "Uninvited", which was written for the Wim Wenders' remake of City of Angels. The track hit #1 on Billboard's "Top 40 Mainstream" chart and won two Grammy Awards for "Best Rock Song" and "Best Female Rock Vocal Performance," as well as being nominated for a third Grammy in the category of "Best Song Written for Motion Picture, TV or Other Visual Media." Alanis Morissette has also had several other original songs appear in films such as Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks II, The Break-Up and The Devil Wears Prada.
Alanis wrote "Still" for the soundtrack of the controversial film Dogma and after steadfast offerings by director Kevin Smith, agreed to play the role of "God." On screen, her other acting work includes roles on HBO's Sex and the City and Curb Your Enthusiasm, along with a three-episode arc on FX's Nip/Tuck. On stage, Morissette starred in The Vagina Monologues and both the off-Broadway and London play The Exonerated, as death row inmate Sunny Jacobs. Alanis also appeared as a recurring guest star in the sixth season of the acclaimed Showtime series Weeds. She also completed work on her first lead film role as "Sylvia" in the film adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel, Radio Free Albemuth.
On December 5, 2019, “JAGGED LITTLE PILL” the musical made its Broadway debut at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City, and was nominated for fifteen Tony Awards.
Outside of entertainment, Alanis is an avid supporter of mental health, female empowerment, as well as spiritual and physical wellness. In 2016, she launched “Conversation with Alanis Morissette,” a podcast that features conversations with a variety of revered authors, doctors, educators, and therapists, covering a wide range of psychosocial topics extending from spirituality to recovery to developmentalism to art. Guests have included Gabor Maté and Dan Siegel as well as many other leaders and teachers. A dedicated charitable activist, she has supported numerous causes that focus on empowerment, art, psychological and spiritual healing, relationships and environmental causes, earning her a Global Tolerance Award from the United Nations. Alanis was also honored with the Rock the Vote’s Patrick Lippert Award for her dedication to causes making the world safer for young people, including the benefit concert Groundwork, for The Act to Reduce Hunger, as well as several fund-raisers for gun control and 9/11 relief. She has given keynote talks at a variety of events, including the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference and 1440 Multiversity, where she explored “remaining connected with one's self, spirit and others.”