Alanis not about to be swept under the rug
(CNN) -- Alanis Morissette has a lot to brag about these days. Few 28-year-olds can look back at their careers and say they've won seven Grammys, released top-selling albums, sang in the nude and, oh yes, played God in a movie.
But the Ottawa, Canada, native won't be stopping there.
"I'll write records until I'm dead," she said. "And then maybe even after that!"
Her latest contribution, "Under Rug Swept," represents a continuation of the singer/songwriter's knack for churning out songs with personal, confessional lyrics. The album peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, proving that since the mammoth success of 1995's album, "Jagged Little Pill," Morissette remains a musical force.
The Music Room caught up with Morissette to get the low-down on her latest work:
TMR: Give us a brief history of how you got to where you are now.
Morissette: I started dancing when I was 7, and playing piano when I was 6, and writing songs when I was 9 and I had a record out when I was 10. I was on a television show between the ages of 10 and 12 and I put a record out both when I was 16 and 17, in Canada. Then I moved to California and released "Jagged Little Pill" and wrote it when I was 19 and 20. Then I wrote "Supposed (Former Infatuation Junkie)" three years later. I just finished "Under Rug Swept" about a year ago. And that's the musical and entertainment history.
TMR: Tell us about "Under Rug Swept." How you came to write those songs?
Morissette: I wrote 27 songs during the writing and the making of the record. I wrote most of them in Canada and some of them in L.A. And then I got it down to 11 songs and some of the songs that didn't make it to this record will be on another record that I'll release at Christmas time.
If there's any sort of theme that I noticed emerging throughout, not only the writing of it, but the performance of the songs, it would be just the desire to mend unions and bridge gaps. Whether it be between genders or between human beings, between spirits.
TMR: How would you say that you matured as a songwriter since you released "Jagged Little Pill?"
Morissette: "Jagged Little Pill" was like an explosion and an emergence of sorts. It was my breaking free from certain environments in the past that had had very rigid views and very structured views of how songs should be written. So when I wrote "Jagged Little Pill" it was this urgency and it was all coming out in droves. And now I've become more comfortable with the process of writing very stream-of-consciousness, very channeled and it's not as overwhelming. It's resulted in an embracing of my own spirituality. It's not as shocking any more. So that's great.
TMR: You've released "Hands Clean" and "Precious Illusions." What's the next single to come out from the album?
Morissette: I think the next single will be "So Unsexy."
TMR: What's the song about?
Morissette: "So Unsexy" basically speaks of the process of how loving myself can affect everything and change everything. Why when I don't take care of myself, or love myself or feel connected to my definition of God, everything's very painful and disjointed and disconnected and ... depressing, to be totally honest.
TMR: You've toured for years. How does playing live compare in different countries?
Morissette: I've traveled the world on tour a few times and I can't get enough of it. I'm just humbled by immersing myself for however brief amount of time in someone else's culture and just delving into as much of their traditions and rituals, and food and distinctiveness, as I possibly can.
My parents were travelers and had wandered since as far back as I can remember, so I definitely got it from them. I'm very Canadian in a personality sense, but I feel very much like a citizen of the world and I feel like I can really tangibly feel that in my travels. It's very humbling.
TMR: Do you have a favorite place?
Morissette: It's tough to name them but I think Asia is my favorite.
TMR: Who were some of your influences growing up?
Morissette: I remember the first female voice that I resonated with. I was in the back seat of my parents' car. We lived in Germany for a while and I remember hearing Carole King's voice. And I just perked up. I was very little and I remember her being the first voice in a woman that I really connected with. And then whatever my parents were listening to; Bob Dylan, early Rod Stewart, Jennifer Warrens, Leonard Cohen.
TMR: Would you have ever thought, when you were a little girl, that one day you would be doing what you're doing right now?
Morissette: Yeah, I saw myself touring the world, and playing music, and writing songs, and making records. I knew I would be doing it in some shape or form.
TMR producers Dan van der Kooy and Shanon Cook contributed to this report.
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