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Melissa Etheridge

American musician

Melissa Etheridge

American musician
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birthday
29th
May, 1961
Birth Place
Leavenworth, Kansas, U.S.
Birth Sign
gemini
Biography

Melissa Lou Etheridge (born May 29, 1961) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Her self-titled debut album Melissa Etheridge was released in 1988 and became an underground success. The album peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard 200, and its lead single, “Bring Me Some Water”, garnered Etheridge her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female. In 1993, Etheridge won her first Grammy award for her single “Ain’t It Heavy” from her third album, Never Enough. Later that year, she released what would become her mainstream breakthrough album, Yes I Am. Its tracks “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window” both reached the top 30 in the United States, and the latter earned Etheridge her second Grammy award. Yes I Am peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard 200, and spent 138 weeks on the chart, earning a RIAA certification of 6x Platinum, her largest selling album to date.
In October 2004, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer, and underwent surgery and chemotherapy. At the 2005 Grammy Awards, she made a return to the stage, performing a tribute to Janis Joplin with Joss Stone. Stone began the performance with “Cry Baby” and Etheridge, bald from chemotherapy, joined her to perform the song “Piece of My Heart”. Their performance was widely acclaimed and India.Arie wrote “I Am Not My Hair” about Etheridge. Later that year, Etheridge released her first compilation album, Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled. The album was a success, peaking at No. 14 on the Billboard 200, and going Gold almost immediately. Her latest studio album is The Medicine Show (2019).
Etheridge is known for music with a mixture of “confessional lyrics, pop-based folk-rock, and raspy, smoky vocals.” She has been a gay and lesbian activist since her public coming out in January 1993. She has received fifteen Grammy Award nominations throughout her career, winning two, in 1993 and 1995. In 2007, she won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “I Need to Wake Up” from the film An Inconvenient Truth. In September 2011, Etheridge received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

instruments played
drums
Guitar
Harmonica
mandolin
Piano
Vocals
Children

4

Genres

Heartland rock roots rock folk rock blues rock country rock

Occupation

Singer-songwriter musician activist

Partners

Julie Cypher (c. 1990; sep. 2000) Tammy Lynn Michaels (m. ; div. ) (registered domestic partnership)

Spouses

Linda Wallem (m. )

Years Active

1985 present

Name

Melissa Etheridge

Nationality

United States of America

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