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Melissa Etheridge

Mostly Credited As: Melissa Etheridge
Sometimes Credited As: Melissa Lou Etheridge

Birth Name: Melissa Lou Etheridge
Date Of Birth: May 29, 1961 (Age 53)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Leavenworth, Kansas
Height: 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Melissa Etheridge


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, the latter of which dealt with her separation from Julie Cypher. (Cypher had birthed the couple's two children via artificial insemination; CSN&Y's David Crosby was the father). 2002 saw the release of Etheridge's autobiography The Truth Is: My Life in Love and Music, and 2004's Lucky was her celebration of a new romance. Later that same year Etheridge revealed that she'd been diagnosed with breast cancer. But early detection allowed for recovery, and she gave strength to many of those stricken by the disease with a powerful performance of Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart" at the 47th Annual Grammys, held in February 2005. That September Etheridge released Greatest Hits The Road Less Traveled, a compilation of career highlights and new material. It featured a cover of Tom Petty's "Refugee" as well as "Piece of My Heart" and a new song dedicated to breast cancer survivors.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Beyond Chance (2006) (2006)As: Herself (Host)
Beyond Chance (1999)As: Host
Episode Cast Credits 

The Big Interview (2013) 
  Melissa Etheridge 01x05: (Oct/14/2013) As Herself, [Interviewees]

The Joy Behar Show (2009) 
  Melissa Etheridge 01x183: (Jun/23/2010) As Herself, [Interviewees]

Dancing With the Stars (US) (2005) 
  Episode 1006A 10x11: (Apr/27/2010) As Herself, [Musical Guests]

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Joel McHale, "Real Housewives of New Jersey" Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita & Teresa Giudice, Melissa Etheridge 18x40: (Apr/26/2010) As Herself, [Musical Guests]
  James Franco, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Melissa Etheridge 17x62: (Dec/19/2008) As Herself, [Musical Guests]
  Melissa Etheridge 14x37: (Nov/15/2005) As Herself 
  General Norman Schwarzkoff, Jennifer Connelly, Melisisa Etheridge 10x108: (Dec/06/2001) As Herself 

The American Music Awards (1974) 
  The 37th Annual American Music Awards 37x01: (Nov/22/2009) As Herself (Presenter) 

Live with Kelly & Michael (1983) 
  Eddie Cibrian, Melissa Etheridge 28x21: (Oct/05/2009) As Herself 
  Pat Sajak, Sally Field, Molly Simms, Melissa Etheridge 26x20: (Sep/28/2007) As Herself, [Musical Guests]
  Val Kilmer/Melissa Etheridge 24x35: (Oct/21/2005) As Herself 

Anderson Cooper 360° (2003) 
  June 15, 2009 07x120: (Jun/15/2009) As Herself 

The Bonnie Hunt Show (2008) (2008) 
  Melissa Etheridge; Lucy Lawless; Chicago's Acme Missionary Baptist Choir 01x75: (Dec/19/2008) As Herself 
  Melissa Etheridge 01x16: (Sep/29/2008) As Herself 

The Tyra Banks Show (2005) 
  Melissa Etheridge 03x23: (Oct/10/2007) As Herself 

Wetten, dass..? (1981) 
  Basel (12) 28x01: (Oct/06/2007) As Herself ("Message to Myself"), [Musical Guests]

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Stupid Human Tricks, Whoopi Goldberg, Melissa Etheridge 15x13: (Sep/27/2007) As Herself 
  Show #2447 13x34: (Oct/20/2005) As Herself 
  Dan Quayle, Melissa Ethridge 07x21: (Oct/05/1999) As Herself 
  James Carville, Ed Burns, Melissa Etheridge 03x209: (Aug/22/1996) As Herself, [Musical Guests]

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 79th Annual Academy Awards 55x01: (Feb/25/2007) As Winner: Best Original Song (for 'An Inconvenient Truth') 

Oprah (1986) 
  Melissa Etheridge's Fight for Her Life 20x09: (Sep/29/2005) As Herself 

Hogan Knows Best (2005) 
  Brooke's Big Break 01x03: (Jul/24/2005) As Herself - Brief Cameo 

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (1996) 
  Melissa Etheridge 09x52: (Apr/19/2004) As Herself 

Last Call with Carson Daly (2002) 
  Shannen Doherty, Steve Schirripa, Melissa Etheridge 03x31: (Mar/11/2004) As Herself 
  Rob Schneider, Samaire Armstrong, Melissa Etheridge 03x18: (Feb/18/2004) As Herself 

King of the Hill (1997) 
  Phish and Wildlife 08x12: (Feb/22/2004) Voiced  Topaz, Singing Hippie, [Special Guest Stars]

E! True Hollywood Story (1996) 
  Ellen DeGeneres 08x14: (Jan/11/2004) As Herself 

World Series (1947) 
  2002 World Series Game 7 55x07: (Oct/27/2002) As Herself (The Star-Spangled Banner), [Musical Guests]
  2001 World Series Game 6 54x06: (Nov/03/2001) As Herself (The Star-Spangled Banner), [Musical Guests]

Behind The Music (1997) 
  Pat Benatar 04x31: (Aug/05/2001) As Herself 
  Melissa Etheridge 02x50: (Aug/01/1999) As Herself 

Intimate Portrait (1993) 
  Mia Farrow 05x05: (Jan/19/1999) As Herself 

Ellen (1994) 
  The Puppy Episode (1) 04x22: (Apr/30/1997) As Herself, [Uncredited]

Saturday Night Special (1996) 
  Sharon Stone, Scott Wolf, Melissa Etheridge, Bush 01x01: (Apr/13/1996) As Herself 

MTV Unplugged (1989) 
  Melissa Etheridge 06x01: (Mar/21/1995) As Herself 
Featured Songs

Charmed Songs:
P3 H2O + Angels Would Fall 
South Park Songs:
D-Yikes + Come to My Window 
The Joy Behar Show Songs:
Melissa Etheridge + Come To My Window 
Dawson's Creek Songs:
Double Date + I'm the Only One 
Cold Case Songs:
Offender + Precious Pain 
Party of Five Songs:
Unfair Advantage + Your Little Secret 
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