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There was a long time where I would just clip my own wings for fear of being attacked for who I was born to be.
This is a really great era for us to be alive, us particularly alpha-empowered women!” That’s Alanis Morissette speaking to Walmart Soundcheck about her first record in four years: ‘Havoc and Bright Lights.’ ‘Havoc’ finds the ‘You Oughta Know’ singer reflecting on some big life changes: marriage, motherhood… and rock ‘n’ roll. Check out our exclusive set with Alanis (filmed in the San Fernando Valley on a searing hot August day) - and go pick up a copy of ‘Havoc and Bright Lights’ online and in Walmart stores nationwide!
-The Crew at Walmart Soundcheck
On Havoc And Bright Lights:
“I wrote the record when my son turned five and a half months. We built a makeshift studio in our house so that I could breast-feed and be available for my son, and write at the same time.”
On Rock And Motherhood:
“I was at that 'Y' in the road where one side was career, the other side was choosing “momhood” fulltime. I decided that I didn’t want to have to pick.”
On Fighting Workaholism:
"It’s actually quite challenging for me to manage my time. Workaholism is the “respectable” addiction. If you work ‘til four in the morning, people pat you on the back. I think workaholism can really take over your life and render it unmanageable and keep you super disconnected from the people you love - in a really destructive way. I’m working on my workaholism!”
On Female Empowerment:
“There was a long time where I would just clip my own wings for fear of being attacked for who I was born to be. This is a really great era for us to be alive, us particularly alpha-empowered women!”
· Alanis Morissette is a singer/songwriter from Ottawa, Canada. She found worldwide fame with her 1995 debut, ‘Jagged Little Pill.’
· She holds an impressive music record. ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ which spawned the hits ‘You Oughta Know’ and ‘Ironic,’ is the highest-selling debut album worldwide in music history.
· She’s a seven-time Grammy winner. Alanis has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, won seven Grammy Awards (and received an additional 14 Grammy nominations), and won 12 Juno Awards.
· She’s a recent new mom. Alanis is married to rapper Souleye (real name: Mario Treadway), and recently gave birth to their son, Ever.
· ‘Havoc and Bright Lights’ is in stores now! Pick up a copy of the record online and in Walmart stores nationwide.
Alanis opens her set with ‘Woman Down,’ an electronica-tinged track that champions the empowerment of women. Explains the Canadian-born singer: “It’s a new era now, where [we women] are being celebrated as opposed to being attacked. It’s a really great era for us to be alive.”
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 17 years since the singer’s milestone record, ‘Jagged Little Edge,’ an effort that has sold more than 33 million copies worldwide. In ‘You Learn,’ Alanis name checks the album title (“Swallow it down / What a jagged little pill”), and takes us back to 1995.
The song that inspired the title track to her new album is a classic Alanis Morissette ballad. Co-written with producer Guy Sigsworth, ‘Havoc’ finds the singer deep in confessional mode: “I’m slipping again / I’m up to old tricks / I have no defense / I’m wreaking havoc.”
Alanis explains the meaning behind the new record’s first single: “The chorus is about my son and this “protector-ship”, this mama bear that emerged. The verses are about me really growing this inner-mom to take care of myself better.”