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Name: Melissa Etheridge  
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Date of Birth: 29th May 1961
Place of Birth: Leavenworth, Kansas, USA
Profession: Composer
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Melissa Etheridge on the cover of her album Breakdown

Melissa Lou Etheridge (born May 29, 1961 in Leavenworth, Kansas) is an American rock musician.

Etheridge has produced eight albums since signing her first major recording contract in 1987. Three of them have gone multi-platinum: Melissa Etheridge (1988), Yes I Am (1993) and Your Little Secret (1996). Two others went platinum and another gold.

She has won the Grammy award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance twice in her career, for the song "Ain't It Heavy" in 1992 and "Come to My Window", in 1994.

Etheridge is also famous as a gay rights activist, having publicly come out as a lesbian during President Bill Clinton's first inauguration in January 1993. She had a long-term partnership with Julie Cypher, with whom she had two children via a sperm donor, David Crosby. After splitting from Cypher she went on in 2003 to marry actress Tammy Lynn Michaels.

Though limited in acting experience it has been announced that a sitcom is in production to star Etheridge as a lesbian living with her heterosexual male best friend (together raising a third person's child.) Critics have predicted that it will be "like Will & Grace except cancelled."

In October 2004 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but is expected to make a full recovery. At the 2005 Grammy Awards, she made a return to the stage and, although bald from chemotherapy, performed in tribute to Janis Joplin with Joss Stone. Etheridge was praised for her performance, which was considered one of the highlights of the show. In August 2005 announced that she & Tammy Lynn Michaels are considering having a child together.

Saturday, September 10th 2005, Melissa participated in ReAct Now: Music & Relief, a telethon in support for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, MTV, VH1, and CMT. ReAct Now: Music & Relief, part of an ongoing effort by MTV, VH1, CMT, will seek to raise funds for the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, America's Second Harvest. Melissa introduced a new song specially written for the occasion called Four Days. The a cappella song included themes and images that were on the news during the aftermath of the hurricane.


  • Melissa Etheridge (1988)
  • Brave and Crazy (1989)
  • Never Enough (1992)
  • Yes I Am (1993)
  • Your Little Secret (1995)
  • Breakdown (1999)
  • Skin (2001)
  • Lucky (2004)
  • Greatest Hits The Road Less Traveled (2005)


Year Title Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock UK
1989 "No Souvenirs" - #18 - - Brave and Crazy

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