Morissette's popularity, style of music and appearance, particularly that of her hair, led her to become known as the Debbie Gibson of Canada; Morissette wrote the songs with the album's producer, Leslie Howe, and Serge Côté.
The album was expected only to sell enough for Morissette to make a follow-up, but the situation changed quickly when KROQ-FM, an influential Los Angeles modern rock radio station, began playing "You Oughta Know", the album's first single.
Together they decided it would be best for her career to move to Toronto and start writing with other people.
The two wrote and recorded Morissette's first internationally released album, Jagged Little Pill, and by the spring of 1995, she had signed a deal with Maverick Records. According to manager Welch every label they had approached had passed on Morissette apart from Maverick.
and a subsequent music video went into heavy rotation on MTV and Much Music.
After the success of "You Oughta Know", the album's other hit singles helped send Jagged Little Pill to the top of the charts. "You Learn" and "Head over Feet", the fifth and sixth singles, respectively, kept Jagged Little Pill (1995) in the top twenty on the Billboard 200 albums chart for more than a year.
Her parents were teachers in a military school and due to their work often had to move.