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    Melissa Etheridge

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    Genre:Funk, Pop, Ethnic/Folk, Rock
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    Skin Deep lyrics
    2Yes I Am lyrics
    Threesome lyrics
    4This Is Not Goodbye lyrics
    5The Wanting Of You lyrics
    6Watching You lyrics
    7That's Important To Me lyrics
    8Imagine That lyrics
    9Meet Me In The Back lyrics
    10Let Me Go lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    Boys on the Side [original soundtrack] [1995]
    Being Sensitive: Private Demos 1986-1993
    3Never Enough [1992]
    4Melissa Etheridge [1988]
    5MEmphis Rock And Soul
    6Brave and Crazy [1989]
    7A Little Bit Of Me: Live In L.A.
    8Teresa's Tattoo [original soundtrack] [1994]
    Yes I Am [1993]
    10Your Little Secret [1995]


    Melissa Etheridge became one of the '90s most popular recording artists due to her mixture of confessional lyrics; pop-based folk-rock; and raspy, Janis Joplin/Rod Stewart-esque vocals. But the road to stardom was not all smooth sailing for Etheridge as she debated behind the scenes whether or not to disclose to the public that she was gay early on in her career. Born May 29, 1961, in Leavenworth, KS, Etheridge first picked up the guitar at the age of eight and began penning her own songs shortly thereafter. Playing in local bands throughout her teens, Etheridge then attended the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. The up-and-coming singer/songwriter and guitarist dropped out after a year before making her way to Los Angeles in the early '80s to give a shot at a career in music. Etheridge's music at this point was slightly more bluesy than her subsequently renowned folk-pop style, as a demo of original compositions caught the attention of Bill Leopold, who signed on as Etheridge's manager. Soon after, steady gigs began coming her way, including a five-night-a-week residency at the Executive Suite in Long Beach, which led to a bidding war between such major record labels as A&M, Capitol, EMI, and Warner Bros., but it was Island Records that Etheridge decided to go with.

    Etheridge's first recorded work appeared on the forgotten soundtrack to the Nick Nolte prison movie Weeds before her self-titled debut was issued in 1988. The album quickly drew comparisons to such heavyweights as Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, as it spawned the hit single "Bring Me Some Water" and earned gold certification. In the wake of the album's success, Etheridge performed at the Grammy Awards the following year and contributed vocals to Don Henley's The End of the Innocence. Etheridge managed to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump with 1989's Brave and Crazy, which followed the same musical formula as its predecessor and proved to be another gold-certified success. It would be nearly three years before Etheridge's next studio album appeared, however, and 1992 signaled the arrival of Never Enough, an album that proved to be more musically varied.

    But it was Etheridge's fourth release that would prove to be her massive commercial breakthrough. Tired of rumors and questions regarding her sexuality, Etheridge decided to put the speculation to rest once and for all, titling the album Yes I Am. Ex-Police producer Hugh Padgham guided the album, which spawned two major MTV/radio hits with "I'm the Only One" and "Come to My Window" (the latter of which featured a video with movie actress Juliette Lewis); the album would sell a staggering six million copies in the U.S. during a single-year period and earned a 1995 Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocalist. But subsequent releases failed to match the success of Yes I Am, including 1995's Your Little Secret, 1999's Breakdown, and 2001's Skin, and it appeared as though Etheridge's personal life received more attention than her music (there were numerous articles about her lover, Julie Cypher, and their two children, both of which were birthed by Cypher via artificial insemination and were fathered by CSN&Y's David Crosby). 2002 saw the release of Etheridge's autobiography The Truth Is: My Life in Love and Music.

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