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Melissa Etheridge Corner
Melissa Etheridge is a rock musician who has released nine albums over the past two decades. Etheridge’s albums are immensely popular with the success of her albums ranging from gold to multi-platinum. Etheridge’s music appears on the Island Records label.
Melissa Etheridge was born Melissa Lou Etheridge on May 29, 1961 in Leavenworth, Kansas. She began to play the guitar and piano at a young age and was formally trained at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Eventually, she relocated to Los Angeles and was signed by Island Records around 1986. Her big break was the opportunity to write the music for a movie called “Weeds.” Her popularity soon grew and, over the years, Etheridge has produced nine hit albums.
Etheridge is an acknowledged Bruce Springsteen fan who has had the opportunity to sing with Springsteen.
Etheridge is well known for her role as a gay rights activist. She was the long time partner of Julie Cypher (the ex-wife of Lou Diamond Phillips). Together, Etheridge and Cypher had two children, Bailey Jean and Beckett. The biological father of Bailey Jean and Beckett is David Crosby. The couple has since separated. Melissa Etheridge is now married to Tammy Lynn Michaels.
Much news has been published about Melissa Etheridge’s battle with breast cancer which began in October 2004. Her return to the stage at the 2005 Grammy Awards was a much heralded performance. At that performance, Etheridge paid tribute to Janis Joplin. She appeared on the Tonight Show in 2005 to perform a song that refers to her own battle with breast cancer and encourages other survivors and families to continue the fight against this disease. She also appeared on Dateline NBC in October 2005 where she discussed her struggles with breast cancer in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Etheridge has worked with Ford to create a song for the Race for the Cure.
Besides her musical career, Etheridge has been involved in many social causes. She participated in and released a new song called “Four Days” for a telethon called “ReAct Now: Music & Relief” to support the victims of Hurricane Katrina. “ReAct Now: Music & Relief” is part of an effort by VH1, MTV and CMT to raise funds for organizations such as the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
Music / Albums
Over the years, Melissa Etheridge has released the following albums: Melissa Etheridge (1988), Brave and Crazy (1989), Never Enough (1992), Yes I Am (1993), Your Little Secret (1995), Breakdown (1999), Skin (2001), Lucky (2004) and Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled (2005). Etheridge also has the virtual album, iTunes Originals. Melissa Etheridge includes the singles “Bring Me Some Water,” “Like the Way I Do” and “Similar Features.” Brave and Crazy includes the singles “No Souvenirs” and “Let Me Go.” Never Enough includes the Grammy Award winning single “Ain’t It Heavy.” Yes I Am includes the Grammy Award winning single “Come to My Window.” Your Little Secret includes the singles “I Want to Come Over” and “Your Little Secret.” Breakdown includes the singles “Angels Would Fall” and “Enough of Me.” Skin includes the single “I Want to Be in Love.” Lucky includes the singles “Breathe” and “This Moment.” iTunes Originals includes the single “Cry Baby/Piece of My Heart” which includes singer Joss Stone.
Melissa Etheridge has won numerous awards and honors over the years. Among other honors, she has twice won a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
Melissa Etheridge completed her most recent summer tour during 2006. She performed at venues such as the Nokia Theatre in Dallas, Texas, the Chicago Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, the Borgata Events Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, DAR Constitution Hall in Washington D.C., the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California and the Theatre at MSG in New York, New York.