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 an RIAA certification of 6× 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.

One Way Out

One Way Out

September 17, 2021

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Love Walks Through the Rain (feat. Melissa Etheridge)

Love Walks Through the Rain (feat. Melissa Etheridge)

August 26, 2021

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As Cool As You Try

As Cool As You Try

August 19, 2021

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For The Last Time

For The Last Time

July 8, 2021

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Waterfall (feat. Melissa Etheridge) [Remix]

Waterfall (feat. Melissa Etheridge) [Remix]

October 30, 2020

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Forum de Montreal '94 (The Legendary Broadcast Remastered)

Forum de Montreal '94 (The Legendary Broadcast Remastered)

August 25, 2020

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The Bottom Line in '89 (Live 1989)

The Bottom Line in '89 (Live 1989)

January 3, 2020

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Unplugged (Live 1995)

Unplugged (Live 1995)

May 10, 2019

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The Medicine Show

The Medicine Show

April 12, 2019

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Live in the Windy City (Live 1989)

Live in the Windy City (Live 1989)

January 29, 2019

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MEmphis Rock And Soul

MEmphis Rock And Soul

October 7, 2016

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Pulse

Pulse

June 17, 2016

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A Little Bit of Me

A Little Bit of Me

July 10, 2015

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Monster

Monster

March 30, 2015

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This Is M.E.

This Is M.E.

February 6, 2015

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A Little Bit Of Me: Live In L.A.

A Little Bit Of Me: Live In L.A.

January 1, 2015

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Take My Number

Take My Number

November 28, 2014

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This Is M.E. Commentary

This Is M.E. Commentary

September 30, 2014

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Uprising Of Love (Remix)

Uprising Of Love (Remix)

January 1, 2014

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Uprising Of Love

Uprising Of Love

January 1, 2014

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4th Street Feeling (Deluxe Edition)

4th Street Feeling (Deluxe Edition)

January 1, 2012

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4th Street Feeling (Commentary)

4th Street Feeling (Commentary)

January 1, 2012

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4th Street Feeling

4th Street Feeling

January 1, 2012

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Fearless Love (International Version)

Fearless Love (International Version)

January 1, 2010

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Fearless Love

Fearless Love

January 1, 2010

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A New Thought For Christmas (Exclusive Edition)

A New Thought For Christmas (Exclusive Edition)

January 1, 2008

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A New Thought For Christmas

A New Thought For Christmas

January 1, 2008

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Message To Myself

Message To Myself

January 1, 2007

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The Awakening

The Awakening

January 1, 2007

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Brother Bear 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Brother Bear 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

August 15, 2006

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Brother Bear 2 (Original Soundtrack)

Brother Bear 2 (Original Soundtrack)

August 15, 2006

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Lucky Live

Lucky Live

January 1, 2004

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Lucky

Lucky

January 1, 2004

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Breathe

Breathe

January 1, 2003

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Skin

Skin

January 1, 2001

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Breakdown

Breakdown

October 5, 1999

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Your Little Secret

Your Little Secret

January 1, 1995

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Yes I Am

Yes I Am

January 1, 1993

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Never Enough

Never Enough

January 1, 1992

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Brave And Crazy

Brave And Crazy

January 1, 1989

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Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge

January 1, 1988

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August 19, 2021

Melissa Etheridge Harkens Back to Her Dive Bar Beginnings on ‘As Cool as You Try’

"You can always tell a singer who came up through the bars," Etheridge says. "We're always grateful to play any place where they aren’t throwing things at you"

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July 11, 2021

Melissa Etheridge shares video for new single ‘For the Last Time’

Her new album 'One Way Out' arrives later this year The post Melissa Etheridge shares video for new single ‘For the Last Time’ appeared first on NME.

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July 10, 2021

Melissa Etheridge Shares ‘For the Last Time’ Video From New LP ‘One Way Out’

"Finally recording and releasing a song about my frustrations with my relationship in the 90’s is very cathartic for me," singer says of unearthed track

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July 9, 2021

First Out: New Music From Melissa Etheridge, Amorphous, Allison Ponthier & More

From Melissa Etheridge's brand-new single off her upcoming album to Amorphous' long-awaited debut album, check out just a few of our favorite releases from this week.

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June 4, 2021

Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Cher Align With United Nations’ ‘Call for Code’ Initiative

Carole King, Rod Stewart, Melissa Etheridge, Sia, Kesha also join call for developers to create solutions to climate change issues

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May 25, 2021

Brandi Carlile & Melissa Etheridge Are Part of Grammy Museum’s Pride Month Programming

Sessions with Grammy-winning singer/songwriters Brandi Carlile and Melissa Etheridge are among the Pride-related programming the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles has planned for June.

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