Melissa Etheridge

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About Melissa Etheridge

Since releasing her self-titled debut in 1988, award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge has sold more than 25 million albums. ∙ In 1986, Etheridge was spotted playing in a bar by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, who was so impressed with her songs and performance that he offered her a three-album deal. ∙ Powered by the radio hits “Bring Me Some Water” and “Like the Way I Do,” her first LP, Melissa Etheridge, hit the Top 25 in the US, Australia, Austria, and the Netherlands. ∙ Coproduced by Hugh Padgham (Peter Gabriel, The Police, Sting), her 1993 album, Yes I Am, sold more than 6 million copies in the US alone. ∙ Etheridge has won two Grammy Awards for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance—1992’s “Ain’t It Heavy” and 1993’s “Come to My Window.” ∙ “I Need to Wake Up,” from the soundtrack for the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, won her an Academy Award for Best Original Song. ∙ She has reached the US Top 40 with 13 of her 15 studio albums, most recently with 2016’s acclaimed covers collection Memphis Rock and Soul.

Leavenworth, KS, United States
29 May 1961

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