Johnny Mathis (born September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, Texas) is an American popular singer, and one of the few remaining male vocalists associated with Traditional Pop music.
Mathis grew up in San Francisco, and began singing at school. While training to become a teacher, he was talent-spotted at a concert and signed by Columbia Records. He sang one of his first hits, "It's Not For Me To Say", in the film, Lizzie, in which he also had a small acting role. Around the same time, he had his first number one hit with "Chances Are".
Although frequently described as a "Romantic" singer, his vast discography contains Jazz, Traditional Pop, Brazilian & Spanish music, Soul, Soft Rock, and Broadway Show Tunes. His hit songs include "Wonderful Wonderful", "A Certain Smile", "Chances Are", "The Twelfth of Never", "Misty", "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late", and "I'm Coming Home", and the original recording of the Thom Bell-Linda Creed composition "Life Is a Song Worth Singing", later made popular by Soul/R&B vocalist Teddy Pendergrass. Mathis has recorded over 100 albums of original music and has sold more than 180 million albums worldwide.
Frank Sinatra used to privately refer to him as "The African Queen".
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Frank Sinatra used to privately refer to him as "The African Queen". In February 2005 she did a guest appearance on the Canadian television show Degrassi: The Next Generation along with Dogma co-star Jason Mewes and director Kevin Smith. Mathis has recorded over 100 albums of original music and has sold more than 180 million albums worldwide. Morissette refers to herself as a Canadian-American. His hit songs include "Wonderful Wonderful", "A Certain Smile", "Chances Are", "The Twelfth of Never", "Misty", "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late", and "I'm Coming Home", and the original recording of the Thom Bell-Linda Creed composition "Life Is a Song Worth Singing", later made popular by Soul/R&B vocalist Teddy Pendergrass. On 11 February 2005, she became a naturalized citizen of the United States while still maintaining her Canadian citizenship. Although frequently described as a "Romantic" singer, his vast discography contains Jazz, Traditional Pop, Brazilian & Spanish music, Soul, Soft Rock, and Broadway Show Tunes. She performed the song "Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love", and had a brief acting role as an anonymous stage performer.
Around the same time, he had his first number one hit with "Chances Are". In July 2004, Morissette appeared in the motion picture De-lovely, a tribute to composer Cole Porter. He sang one of his first hits, "It's Not For Me To Say", in the film, Lizzie, in which he also had a small acting role. The date of the wedding has not yet been finalized. While training to become a teacher, he was talent-spotted at a concert and signed by Columbia Records. In June 2004, Morissette announced her engagement to actor Ryan Reynolds. Mathis grew up in San Francisco, and began singing at school. On May 18, 2004, the cable channel Oxygen taped an unprecedented eight hours of live footage, showing Morissette in New York City promoting the release of her new album.
Johnny Mathis (born September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, Texas) is an American popular singer, and one of the few remaining male vocalists associated with Traditional Pop music. The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 chart to generally favorable critical reviews. In May 2004, Morissette released So-Called Chaos. clips and eventually childhood footage, the clips were digitally edited to make it appear that Morissette was singing the song at all of those times. Beginning in present day and passing through former videos, movie and T.V.
Morissette's music video for the single "8 Easy Steps" featured various video clips spanning her career in music, film and television. The joke was, however, that Morissette was still forced to "remove" her pasted-on nipples and pubic hair because they were not allowed to be shown on public television. Stepping out of a nightgown and wearing a semi-nude bodysuit, Morissette said, "We live in a land Canada where we still think the human body is beautiful and we're not afraid of the female breast.". At the event, Morissette satirized the public outrage caused by Janet Jackson's breast-baring incident during the Super Bowl.
Sporting a short, new hairdo, Morissette looked like a drastically different person from the angry, long-haired woman who once wrote and sang "You Oughta Know". In April 2004, Alanis Morissette hosted the Juno Awards of 2004, which was held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. "Everything", the first single off of Morissette's fourth international studio album So-Called Chaos, was released to radio in March 2004. In response to the Super Bowl halftime controversy that occurred earlier in 2004, and the stricter Federal Communications Commission regulations that followed, Morissette changed the first line of her song, "Everything", from "I can be an asshole of the grandest kind" to "I can be a nightmare of the grandest kind" for radio.
In November 2003, Morissette appeared in the off-Broadway play The Exonerated as Sunny Jacobs, a death row inmate freed after proof surfaced that she didn't commit the crime. Morissette and her concert attenders later indicated that she had in fact said, "Thank you, bless you", but by then the damage to her reputation had already been done. In September 2003, Morissette made headlines for supposedly exclaiming, "Thank you, Brazil!" after a show in Lima, Peru. In December 2002, Morissette released a dual CD/DVD combination package, Feast on Scraps, which included live concert footage and eight previously unreleased songs from the Under Rug Swept recording sessions. The album was nominated for a Juno for Music DVD of the Year.
The album was overlooked by the Grammy Awards, most likely due to its release date, but Morissette won yet another Juno Award for Producer of the Year. Despite eleven very well-received songs, Maverick Records only released two of them as singles, a move criticized by many fans. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, and sold close to a million copies in the United States alone, even though only one song from the album received any substantial radio airplay. The song's multi-layered lyrics told the story of a young Morissette's affair with an older man from two points of view:.
The album spawned the hit single "Hands Clean". For the first time, Morissette took on the role of sole writer and producer. In 2002, after a four-year absence, Alanis Morissette released her third international studio album Under Rug Swept, with the notable absence of Jagged Little Pill and Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie collaborator Glen Ballard. She also appeared on the hit HBO comedies Sex and the City and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and starred in the play The Vagina Monologues.
She had to turn down the female lead, and by the time her schedule allowed her to participate in the film, only the role of God, which involves virtually no speech and appears at the very end of the film, was left. Smith, who claimed to be a big fan of Morissette, asked her to be in the film several times. She appeared as God in the motion picture Dogma, directed by Kevin Smith. In 1999, Alanis Morissette expanded her résumé by delving into acting.
Many fans now consider Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie to be Morissette's strongest work to date. Many critics wrote off the album as a flop; however, repeating the incredible success of Jagged Little Pill was an almost impossible task that Morissette never expected nor set out to do. That same year, Morissette released the live acoustic album MTV Unplugged. The first single, "Thank U", was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
In 1999, the song "Uninvited" won two Grammy Awards for Best Rock Song and Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Its wordy, personal lyrics turned many fans off, and after only 38 weeks, it left the Billboard 200, selling "only" 2.5 million, a huge drop from Jagged. As a follow-up to Jagged Little Pill, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie had very little staying power. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, breaking the record for the most albums sold in a single week by a female artist.
and "I Was Hoping", which recounts several experiences that shaped Morissette's life, including an encounter in a restaurant with a chauvinistic waiter:. Most of the songs on the disc challenged "traditional" song formulas, including "The Couch":. Obviously, Morissette was no longer pursuing commercial success. 2, which would have been the commercially savvy thing to do.
Morissette didn't release Jagged Little Pill, Pt. Fans and critics alike were shocked. Morissette once again collaborated with Glen Ballard, but this time she helped produce the album as well. Later that year, she released Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie (lyrics (http://www.angelfire.com/mi/wojtkiewicz/supposed.html)), an experimental album with a wordy title and lyrics to match.
The track was never officially released as a single, but nevertheless received widespread radio airplay. In 1998, Alanis Morissette recorded "Uninvited", a song from the soundtrack to the motion picture City of Angels. The DVD Jagged Little Pill, Live chronicled the bulk of this tour. Later that year, Morissette embarked on a one-and-a-half year world tour in support of Jagged Little Pill, beginning in small clubs and ending in large venues.
That night, Morissette won awards for Album of the Year, Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album. At the 1996 ceremony, Morissette performed a moving rendition of "You Oughta Know", one that all but drained the anger from the song, leaving only an air of sorrow and remorse. Despite this backlash, the album was nominated for six Grammy Awards. Others called her sudden image change "calculated", "manipulative" and "greedy", while fans countered that such criticisms failed to acknowledge the possibility that Morissette may have grown artistically since she was a 17-year-old.
She was attacked for collaborating with producer and supposed image-maker Glen Ballard, though Morissette was responsible for all of Pill's lyrics and much of the album's music, and such a collaboration was not uncommon for many solo artists at the time. Morissette was dismissed by some as a record industry puppet. A backlash, however, was quickly brewing. It went on to sell 16 million copies in the United States alone, over 30 million copies worldwide, and its singles have become some of the most recognizable songs of the decade.
Jagged Little Pill was a phenomenal success. Fifth and sixth singles "You Learn" and "Head Over Feet", respectively, kept Jagged Little Pill in the Billboard Top 20 for over a year. She received heavy criticism for the lyrics, however, which asked the listener after every verse, "Isn't it ironic?", even though the verses described situations that some argued were not ironic:. Jagged Little Pill's fourth single, "Ironic", went on to become Morissette's biggest hit.
Second single "Hand In My Pocket" showed a calmer, mellower Morissette reflecting on her life, while third single "All I Really Want" made a casual reference to the Charles Dickens novel, Great Expectations:. While "You Oughta Know" was a hit, it was the seemingly endless series of singles following it that sent Jagged Little Pill on its meteoric rise to the top. As one fan put it: "Finally, someone who's speaking for me". (The caustic lyrics were supposedly inspired by a bad relationship with Full House star, Dave Coulier.) The video went into heavy rotation on MTV and radio. Listeners were shocked, unnerved and delighted by the song, which emerged during a time when testosterone and male rage (in the form of grunge) dominated the airwaves.
"You Oughta Know" instantly garnered attention for its use of the word "fuck", one of the first times the word was used by a playlisted female artist. Things changed quickly, however, when a Los Angeles deejay from an influential radio station stumbled onto "You Oughta Know" and began playing it non-stop:. The album debuted at number 118 on the Billboard 200 chart. Expectations for the album were low, and Morissette's manager and long-time friend Scott Welsh would later admit that he didn't expect the album to sell any more than around 250,000 copies.
In 1995, at age 20, Alanis Morissette released her first international album, Jagged Little Pill (lyrics (http://www.angelfire.com/mi/wojtkiewicz/jagged.html)). All was well, however, by the spring of 1995, when Morissette inked a deal with Maverick Records. The word "shake" referred to the record executive's handshake, which was not warm and firm, but cold and slippery. For example, as Morissette began meeting with record labels, she wrote and recorded "Right Through You" about the patriarchy she encountered in the music industry (from the album Jagged Little Pill):.
Morissette drew inspiration for her lyrics completely from personal experiences. As a result, Morissette unabashedly shared everything, from her buoyant love of life ("You Learn"), to her warm infatuations ("Head Over Feet"), to her darkest, most ruthless revenge fantasies ("You Oughta Know"). According to Morissette, Ballard was the first collaborator who had encouraged her to express her emotions completely and fully without any any fear of shame or embarrassment. Ballard and Morissette recorded the songs on Jagged Little Pill literally as they were being written.
She would later write about her move to Los Angeles in the song "Unprodigal Daughter" (from the album Feast on Scraps):. They would eventually make up the bulk of Jagged Little Pill. To her relief, the lyrics were untouched. Morissette later revealed that her only concern was for the book of lyrics she was carrying in her bag.
A man rummaged through her bag while another held a gun to her head and made her lie face down on the pavement. On the way home from the supermarket one afternoon, she was robbed at gunpoint. In Los Angeles, Morissette lived in a small, one-room apartment. The version of the song that appeared on Jagged Little Pill was the only take the two had ever recorded. With "Perfect", the floodgate was opened, and soon Morissette's thoughts and emotions began pouring onto paper at a frenzied pace.
Morissette improvised the lyrics on the spot to Ballard's delicate guitar strums. The turning point in their sessions was the song "Perfect", which was written and recorded in 20 minutes. Despite Morissette's naïveté, Ballard knew he was dealing with a woman wise beyond her years. According to Ballard, the connection was "instant", and within 30 minutes of meeting each other, they had begun experimenting with different sounds in Ballard's home studio.
During this time, Morissette met with producer and songwriter Glen Ballard. Morissette began making trips to Los Angeles and working with as many musicians as possible, in the hopes of meeting a collaborator. A move to Nashville a few months later also proved unfruitful. Living alone for the first time in her life, Morissette met with a bevy of songwriters, but the results frustrated her.
In 1993, Alanis Morissette moved from her hometown of Ottawa to Toronto. However, Now Is The Time sold less than half the number of copies of her debut album, and Morissette lost her recording contract with MCA Records. The album attempted to move Morissette away from her debut album's dance-pop sound. In the same year, she released Now Is The Time, her follow-up to Alanis.
In 1992, Morissette was nominated for three Juno Awards: Single of the Year, Best Dance Record, and Most Promising Female Vocalist (which she won). The subsequent singles "Feel Your Love", "Walkaway" and "Plastic" were also modest hits. The album went double platinum, and its first single, "Too Hot", reached the Top 10 on the Canadian charts. At the time, Morissette was credited simply as "Alanis" to avoid possible confusion with fellow Canadian singer Alannah Myles.
In 1990, Alanis Morissette signed with MCA Records and released her debut full-length album, Alanis, in 1991. In New York City, Howe helped Morissette land a spot on Star Search, a popular televised American talent competition. Morissette flew to Los Angeles to appear on the show, but lost after one round. With the support of her parents and a relentless desire to succeed, Morissette traveled with Howe to New York City to meet with record executives, an experience that she would later write about in songs such as "UR" (from the album Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie):. Morissette became a recurring cast member, but left after one season.
A year later, Morissette auditioned for a role on the Canadian children's television show You Can't Do That on Television, shot in Ottawa, her hometown. With the help of her childhood mentor Leslie Howe, Morissette released "Fate Stay With Me" when she was 11 years old. In that same year, Morissette wrote her first song, "Fate Stay With Me", at the age of 9:. I want to meet you one day and I want to be famous, just like you.".
When she was 9 years old, she went to the home of singer Olivia Newton-John, one of her early idols, and said over the intercom at the front gates: "Hi, I'm Alanis. Morissette showed a love for singing and songwriting at an early age. She has an older brother, Chad, and a twin brother, Wade. Alanis Morissette was born on June 1, 1974, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, to schoolteachers Alan and Georgia Morissette.
Her latest album, So-Called Chaos, on which she received sole writing and co-producing credits, sold over 115,000 copies in its first week of release. Since the extraordinary success of Jagged Little Pill, Morissette's popularity has waned as singers such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera gained attention, though she is still one of the industry's premiere female singer/songwriters. The raw intensity of the album's first single, "You Oughta Know", led Morissette to be labeled the "first lady of rage", though the album itself contained only two songs that hinted at any sort of anger or resentment. Alanis Morissette's 1995 international debut Jagged Little Pill became one of the most successful albums of all time.
Alanis Nadine Morissette (born June 1, 1974) is a successful Canadian-American singer-songwriter and occasional actress. Feast on Scraps, 2002. Jagged Little Pill, Live, 1997. American Dreams, unnamed singer (2004).
De-Lovely, unnamed singer (2004). The Exonerated, Sunny Jacobs (2003). Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, That Woman (God) (2001). Curb Your Enthusiasm, herself (2000).
Sex and the City, Dawn (1999). The Vagina Monologues (1999). Dogma, God (1999). "Everything", (So-Called Chaos).
"Eight Easy Steps", (So-Called Chaos). "Precious Illusions", (Under Rug Swept). "Hands Clean", (Under Rug Swept). "21 Things I Want In A Lover", (Under Rug Swept).
"Still", (Dogma soundtrack). "So Pure", (Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie). "Unsent", (Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie). "Thank U", (Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie).
"That I Would Be Good", (Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie). "Uninvited", (City of Angels soundtrack). "Ironic", (Jagged Little Pill). "Head Over Feet", (Jagged Little Pill).
"You Learn", (Jagged Little Pill). "Hand in My Pocket", (Jagged Little Pill). "You Oughta Know", (Jagged Little Pill). "All I Really Want", (Jagged Little Pill).
Feast on Scraps, 2002 (eight unreleased tracks and acoustic performance of "Hands Clean"). MTV Unplugged, 1998 (twelve live, acoustic performances). So-Called Chaos, 2004. Under Rug Swept, 2002.
Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, 1998. Jagged Little Pill, 1995. Now is the Time, 1992 (released only in Canada). Alanis, 1991 (released only in Canada).