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Alanis Morissette Headlines Radio Alice's 'Now & Zen' Fest 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) - In celebration with their "sweet 16th" year, Alice@97.3 announced during the Sarah & Vinnie Morning Show that Alanis Morissette will headline their annual Now & Zen Festival at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park on Sunday, September 30. Joining the seven-time Grammy winner will be Tristan Prettyman, Ed Sheeran, "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips, fellow Canadian act, Hedley and Bay Area resident, Matt Nathanson.

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This will mark Morissette's second performance at the local radio station's annual outdoor music festival. The first was during Now & Zen Fest 2001, when Alice@97.3 responded to the 9/11 disaster in New York and Washington with a day of healing. A significant portion of each ticket from Now & Zen directly benefited the American Red Cross. Alanis Morissette made a commitment to headline the show and delivered. San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, at the time, issued a proclamation on Alice's behalf and officially made Sunday, September 23rd "Now & Zen Day of Healing" for the city of San Francisco.

Morissette, a native of Ottawa, Canada, first rose to international fame in 1995 with her four-time Grammy Award-winning album Jagged Little Pill, which at 16x-platinum remains the best-selling debut release by a female artist in the U.S. and the highest-selling debut album worldwide in music history. She has scored a series of memorable singles off her subsequent studio albums 1998's Supposed Former Infatuation (which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart and featured the international, Grammy-nominated smash single "Thank U"), 2002's Under Rug Swept (which also debuted at No. 1), 2004's So-Called Chaos (featuring the Adult Top 40 mainstay "Everything"), and 2008's Top 10 Flavors of Entanglement. She has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, seven Grammy Awards (and received an additional 14 Grammy nominations), and won 12 Juno Awards.

Yet despite the accolades, the one thing Morissette has always craved most is connection. "In my teen years, I thought fame would afford me more connection but the opposite wound up being true," she said. "Instead I became a screen upon which people could project their ideas, and it actually pushed them further away from me, which was devastating. The reason this new album ("Havoc and Bright Lights") represents such a celebration for me is that I can still exist in the context of popular culture, but I'm also experiencing connection because the climate now allows for it. Whether it's through social media, Tweeting, or blogging, it's enabled me to achieve the intimacy with my fans and peers that I've always wanted."

"Havoc and Bright Lights," Alanis' latest album is available on iTunes and her latest single off of the album, "Guardian" can be heard on Alice@97.3.

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