Melissa Etheridge is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist who has been in the music industry for over three decades. Born on May 29, 1961, in Leavenworth, Kansas, Etheridge grew up in a conservative family, where rock and roll was considered a sin. However, it was the music of John Lennon, Janis Joplin, and Led Zeppelin that inspired Etheridge to learn the guitar and write songs.
Early Life and Career
At the age of 18, Etheridge moved to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music but dropped out after two years to pursue her music career. She moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980s and started performing at local clubs and coffeehouses. In 1986, Etheridge signed a recording contract with Island Records and released her self-titled debut album, which included her hit single, "Bring Me Some Water."
Etheridge's second album, "Brave and Crazy," was released in 1989, and it included her second hit single, "No Souvenirs." Her third album, "Never Enough," was released in 1992 and was followed by the release of "Yes I Am" in 1993.
"Yes I Am" became Etheridge's breakthrough album and included some of her biggest hits like "Come to My Window" and "I'm the Only One."
Personal Life and Activism
In 1993, Etheridge publicly came out, making her one of the first openly gay celebrities in the music industry. She has been an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community since then and has worked with various organizations to promote acceptance and equality.
In 2001, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment. She has been cancer-free since then and has used her experience to raise awareness about cancer and support cancer research.
Recent Career and Achievements
Etheridge's music career has been marked by numerous achievements and accolades. She has won two Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2018, Etheridge released her latest album, "The Medicine Show," which was critically acclaimed and showcased her signature rock sound. The album included the singles "Faded by Design" and "Wild and Lonely."
Etheridge has also been actively involved in television and film. In 2015, she appeared in the documentary film "Unity" alongside other celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Zoe Saldana, and Dr. Jane Goodall. She has also appeared as a guest judge on the reality singing competition show "The Voice" and has appeared in "The L Word" and "One Tree Hill."
In 2021, Melissa Etheridge announced her first studio album in over five years, titled "One Way Out." The album features 11 tracks and is described as having a more stripped-down and organic sound. The album was released on September 17, 2021, and includes songs like "For the Last Time," "Shuffle on Through," and "You Have to Hurt."
Melissa has inspired generations with her music and advocacy. She has overcome numerous challenges in her personal and professional life and has remained committed to her values and beliefs. With her latest album and live performances, Etheridge continues to evolve her music while remaining true to her rock roots. We can't wait to see what she has in store for us at The AUD on May 5, 2023!❤️