Melissa Etheridge

Updated: May 20, 2015
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Melissa Etheridge is anything but ordinary.

With her distinguishably raspy voice, confessional lyrics, admirable vigor, and remarkable fusion of folk and rock, Melissa Etheridge has ascended to rock and roll superstardom, and has established herself as one of America’s most restless and dynamic icons. A true anomaly, Etheridge has built a terrific career by defying convention, breaking down barriers, and overcoming seemingly unsurpassable challenges.

Through her 1993 album Yes I Am, Melissa Etheridge gained international recognition. Yes I Am was her mainstream breakthrough, and featured the smash hits “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One”. Yes I Am spent 138 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart, and is currently certified 6x platinum by the RIAA. Finally, “Come to My Window” took home the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Since Yes I Am, Melissa Etheridge has continued to frequently release commercially successful and critically lauded works.

However, in addition to being anything but ordinary, the fifteen-time Grammy Award nominee is also anything but weak.

Indeed, she has also faced her fair share of adversity and misfortune, such as negative press surrounding the revelation of her sexual orientation. Moreover, in 2004, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer, and underwent severe surgery and harsh chemotherapy. However, at the 2005 Grammy Awards, Etheridge made her triumphant return to the stage, and rose like a glorious phoenix while performing a tribute to Janis Joplin.

Now, Melissa Etheridge has returned with her twelfth studio album This Is M.E., which has been receiving rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Don’t miss the acclaimed artist as she takes on venues such as Ontario’s Casino Rama, Atlantic City’s Caesars, Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre, and Atlanta’s Botanical Garden.