"My personal goal is to get people to understand that health is our responsibility." - Melissa Etheridge

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Melissa Etheridge Interview with SF Bay Times

Source: SF Bay Times

Melissa Etheridge Talks About San Francisco, Love and Her Upcoming Performance with the SF Symphony

Two hot summer nights are coming up, and we’re not just talking about the weather. On the last two days of this month, iconic singer-songwriter and musician Melissa Etheridge will join the San Francisco Symphony for a pair of unforgettable performances. Some entertainers give 100 percent. Etheridge gives even more than that. Like a sexy lover, she leaves you very satisfied, but forever craving the ephemeral high of the experience.

The SF Bay Times is proud to be a media sponsor of the performances, which will include classic hits like “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One,” alongside new songs from her latest studio album. The album is set for release on September 30.

Recorded in New York and Los Angeles, the album features 11 new songs all written or co-written by Melissa Etheridge with writers such as Jon Levine (Andy Grammer), Jerrod Bettis (Birdy, Adele), Jerry Wonda and Roccstar. It includes tracks produced by Levine, Bettis and Mark Batson (Grace Potter & The Nocturnals).

“I am excited to be putting out an album that is exactly what I want it to be,” Etheridge says. “I had some amazing collaborators who really helped craft songs and an album that is truly representative of where I am in my life at this moment.”

The breast cancer survivor is definitely in a goodplace now, we found out after she recently granted an exclusive interview with the SF Bay Times while she was on a well-deserved vacation. On May 31, two days after her 53rd birthday, she married Linda Wallem, who shares Etheridge’s birthday. All four of Etheridge’s children, aged 17–7, participated in the nuptials.

The sync between the two women extends to show biz, as Wallem is a well-known producer who has helped to create popular shows such as Nurse Jackie, Cybill, That 70’s Show, and The Comeback. She is currently developing a Broadway show with Etheridge, who is writing new songs for it. Etheridge says Wallem was her “best friend for nine years” before the relationship evolved and the two tied the knot.

As for Etheridge’s bio, well, how much time have you got? Her recording career began with the 1988 release of her critically acclaimed eponymous RIAA double-platinum debut album. For several years, Etheridge’s popularity built around such memorable songs as “Bring Me Some Water” (from her debut), “No Souvenirs” (from Brave And Crazy) and “Ain’t It Heavy” (from Never Enough), for which she won her first Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal.

She hit her commercial and artistic stridewith her fourth album, Yes I Am, featuring the massive and aforementioned hits “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” a searing song of longing that brought her second Best Female Rock Grammy. The album went six times platinum and spent more than two and a half years on the album chart.

Her highest charting album to date, Your Little Secret (#6 on the Billboard Top 200), included the hit single, “I Want to Come Over.” Her astounding success led Etheridge to receive the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards. She has also been honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Her latest single, just released last month and available on iTunes, is “Take My Number.” The song was co-written by Etheridge and Jerrod Bettis and produced by Bettis and Jon Levine. We couldn’t resist opening up our interview with Etheridge with a question about the new song’s thought-provoking lyrics.

SF Bay Times: We love your new song! It includes the lines, “What did we ever know at 23?” “Everybody’s got a fire that’s always going to burn…” For those of us who are over 23, what advice do you have for keeping that fire alive while still benefitting from past learned lessons?

Melissa Etheridge: One thing I have learned in my years is you better do what you love and love what you do. Stress is the first thing that will kill you. This is your life, no one else’s. Find your dream and go get it!

SF Bay Times: We are really looking forward to your upcoming performance in San Francisco. What are some of your favorite things to do, places to go in San Francisco?

Melissa Etheridge: San Fran has some of the finest restaurants in the world and I love going out to eat there whenever I can. And then there’s nothing like the gorgeous views; it’s a very romantic city.

SF Bay Times: What’s it like to perform backed by a symphony?! Any thoughts about your upcoming performance with the San Francisco Symphony?

Melissa Etheridge: Performing with the symphony is like singing with a gorgeous wave behind you. The musicians are so talented and focused. The music just soars and I just ride it all the way.

SF Bay Times: Congratulations on your wedding! We read that you sang a new song for Linda during the ceremony. Will that song be on your new album? Can you share any information about it?

Melissa Etheridge: The song “Who Are You Waiting For” is the song I wrote and sang to Linda during our wedding ceremony. She had never heard it until that moment. I had never had the experience of singing and looking directly into someone’s eyes. I will never forget it, or the immense love I felt. Yes, it is on the new album.

SF Bay Times: We have come so far with LGBT rights over the past several years, but what political issues affecting our community do you think still need our attention?

Melissa Etheridge: I think the biggest issues facing the LBGT community are the ones we have with ourselves. Understanding the transgender community, reaching across all racial and economic boundaries to understand our own diversity…that will make us stronger.

SF Bay Times: Anything else that you’d like our readers to know?

Melissa Etheridge: I’m looking forward to performing with the symphony. What a thrill. San Fran, I love you!

Melissa Etheridge Interview with The Bay Area Reporter

Source: The Bay Area Reporter

Come to her window: Melissa Etheridge sings with SFS

Known for her raspy voice and confessional lyrics, singer/songwriter and guitarist Melissa Etheridge has become a rock music icon. The Oscar and Grammy winner's success is a groundbreaker, since the rock world is dominated primarily by men. Not only is Etheridge a woman, she's a lesbian who came out in 1993. Ellen DeGeneres' historic coming out was still four years away.

Etheridge's appearances with San Francisco Symphony on July 30 and 31 will offer a new depth to her many hit songs, as well as to her covers of songwriters she admires, such as Joan Armatrading. She'll be singing many of her standard hits with a full orchestra, which is not the kind of sound her emotion-laden lyrics are usually associated with.

Etheridge kindly spoke to the B.A.R. as she prepares for her arrival in San Francisco.

David-Elijah Nahmod: What can your fans expect from your new symphonic sound?

Melissa Etheridge: A complete eargasm! There's nothing like this. You'll feel like you're bathing in golden sunshine. I did my songs with the Boston Symphony – I got chills.

How difficult was it to come out in 1993?

It was an unknown abyss. My friends, people like Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O'Donnell and Brad Pitt, knew, and it wasn't a big deal to them. In one interview for a music magazine I used general pronouns instead of he/she when speaking of my partner. The writer changed the pronouns to my "boyfriend." I was mortified. I'd look at people like Urvashi Vaid [former Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force] and the work they were doing for equality, and I thought that I'm only successful because people think I'm something I'm not. I wanted to come out.

Is it true that you refused to pay your taxes after Prop 8 [California's now-tossed gay marriage ban] was passed? Can you set the record straight, so to speak, on that?

Prop 8 was a blow in the gut. I was so out of my mind about it. In my manifesto [published in 2008 at The Daily Beast ] I wrote "that would just be wrong, to make someone pay taxes and not give them the same rights. Sounds sort of like that taxation without representation thing from the history books." But I paid my taxes.

And now we have marriage.

It's mindblowing. It feels good to call her [Linda Wallem} my wife. I had to go before a judge and adopt my own kids, it was awful. This is so much better.

Can you talk about surviving breast cancer?

My life has been a journey. When my relationship with Julie Cypher fell apart, I felt like I had let the community down. I took in a lot of acidic behaviors, a lot of sugar and alcohol. When your body is out of balance, cancer grows. Looking back, the tumor made sense. It knocked me over the head – I needed to wake up. The cancer was a gift, it enabled me to change my life. Every choice I make affects my body. Now I eat good food, do yoga and exercise.

Which was more exciting for you, winning an Oscar [Best Song, "I Need To Wake Up," from An Inconvenient Truth ] or a Grammy?

I did the film as a favor to Al Gore. I had no idea it would be released worldwide, and it was the first time a song was nominated for a documentary. Winning the Oscar was the crown jewel. Oscar has a shimmer about it like nothing else. It's the only category I could win for, and it's the most fabulous thing I could win. But I love my Grammys!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Melissa Etheridge Interview with SF Weekly

Source: SF Weekly

Yes She Can: At 53, Melissa Etheridge Isn't Taking It Easy
By Alee Karim

Melissa Etheridge's career exceeded expectations even before she was a household name. Though she wanted to sign with female-focused indie label Olivia Records, its rejection eventually led her to press on and find a home at Island, the significantly more prestigious major that released her eponymous debut in 1988. In 1993, Etheridge's confessional, country-tinged rock found crossover fame with hit singles like "Come to My Window," from the six-times platinum Yes I Am. That alone is no small feat, yet Etheridge parlayed this success into the kind of durable mega-stardom that eludes many.

In addition to touring the world, Etheridge became a highly visible spokesperson for the then-nascent, now-ubiquitous LGBT rights movement (its ubiquity being more than a little due to her efforts). After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, she took up that cause as well, and today, she is cancer-free. Earlier this year, she married her partner, writer and producer Linda Wallem, with whom she raises her four children in Southern California. Etheridge turns 53 this year, has had enough success and visibility for three lifetimes, and has young'uns to steward — so isn't it time to pack it in?

Apparently not, as Etheridge is not only keen on touring more, she is, in fact, trying something new. Her current run finds her alternately playing solo and with symphony orchestras in select cities. We recently spoke with Etheridge about performing with the San Francisco Symphony and what she thinks is the next frontier of American civil rights.

SF Weekly: What led you to decide to work with an orchestra?

Melissa Etheridge: My agency, CAA [Creative Artists Agency], came to me with the idea, and I just jumped at the chance. The idea of hearing my songs with a symphony [orchestra] is like a grown-up dream come true.

Have you rehearsed with these orchestras? Have you heard what this will sound like?

No! [Laughs.] I've just heard samples on a keyboard.

Is that thrilling or scary?

Oh, it's going to be 100 percent thrilling. Yes, there's a fear, because there's not a band where, if something goes wrong, you can just say, "Let's take it from the top." But you know, I love a challenge, I love staying on my toes.

I know the SF Symphony has recorded with Metallica before. Tell me how they approached you.

They really like to think outside the box. They want to keep themselves in the game of popular music, and cross over to keep people coming to symphonies.

Do you have any roots in classical?

Well, my parents had a vinyl of Ravel's Bolero and when I was 10, I just thought that was the greatest thing ever. Then there was a London Symphony Orchestra recording of The Who's Tommy that I was just in love with.

You've been aligned with a lot of activist causes, including the LGBT and breast cancer. Did you ever feel like you wanted to be only an artist and not be identified with these causes?

My goals as an artist were always to make music, tour the world, and be a big success — I did those things. But along the way life happens. So when I came out, which was a really important thing for me as a person, I became aligned with that. When I found out I had breast cancer, I became aligned with that. I think cannabis should be legalized, so now I'm aligned with that. These things that are part of my natural state of being get looked upon as activism, but I'm just doing what I love.

With all the pot clubs in California, that's got to feel kind of validating.

I like where our society is going. [Laughs.] To be comfortable with our diversity as a human race is where our success lies in our future.

What do you think is the next major hurdle in U.S. civil rights?

I think in the future, we'll be looking at our penal system; the way we punish people will completely change. That's what's coming — it's all about how we look at ourselves and how we punish ourselves.

You've said that you believed you were as good at guitar as you were ever going to get at age 30, but that you've changed your mind about that. What spurned that change of mind at age 53?

I had that belief in all [aspects of my life], and it's just not true. Life gets so much better in all things; it's so much sweeter. I now play so much guitar on stage every night and it's such a joy. I was [initially] forcing myself to go out there and play more. It's been a great metamorphosis.

Do your kids think you're cool?

There's nothing you can do to make yourself cool to your kids. My 17-year-old is growing out of it, but when they were younger, it was like, "You think your mom is embarrassing? My mom goes up in front of thousands of people!"

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Videos from Summerfest 2014

Melissa Etheridge performs I'm The Only One on July 6 in Milwaukee, WI.

Video posted on Youtube by Caryn Moczynski

Your Little Secret

Video by Caryn Moczynski

Meet Me In The Back

Video by Caryn Moczynski

Friday, July 4, 2014

Melissa Etheridge Concert Review by TBNewsWatch

Source: TBNewsWatch

by Leith Dunwick

There’s no question who the crowd was there to see at Friday’s opening night at the 13th annual Thunder Bay Blues Festival.

Rocker Melissa Etheridge was the No. 1 draw on most people’s list, including Cindy Scheiwiller’s.

A four-year veteran of the Marina Park festival, Scheiwiller says there’s nothing not to like about the three-day party.

“I came here because this is good for Thunder Bay. Everybody has a great time. Everybody has lots of fun, whether it’s blues or rock and roll. Everybody gets along and it’s lots of fun,” she said.

The lineup this year is stacked, she added.

“I love Melissa Etheridge, the Wallflowers, Spin Doctors. Last year was awesome with Collective Soul. It’s all good.”

It marked the debut visit for Joey Furlong, who was convinced to come to Marina Park by several of her friends.

She’s glad they did.

“Actually, Melissa Etheridge brought me here. I think it’s amazing,” she said.

“It’s great. I think Thunder Bay, once again, hosts a miraculous event. It’s lots of fun and a great place for everybody to mingle.”

The headliner agreed.

Etheridge, who took the stage shortly after 9:30 p.m. and played full tilt for about 1:45, had plenty of love for Thunder Bay.

“It’s the land where the sun doesn’t even think about setting until 10 o’clock,” she said, introducing herself to the masses and talking about her ordeal of getting to the Lakehead, first traveling east to later head west.

“We’re going to wake the Sleeping Giant.”

Furlong plans to return on Saturday, when the headliners are Jimmy Vaughan and Rival Sons, and Sunday, when the Wallflowers close out the fest.

“Absolutely, all weekend long,” she said.

She won’t be alone.

Festival organizer Bob Halvorsen said the crowds are expected to rival last year’s record gate.

“As of Friday night, ticket sales are ahead of last year,” he said.

Robert Slater was among the throngs Friday night and said he’s having a blast.

“It’s excellent every year. We’ve been here every year for the last 13 and it’s been perfect. I think what it is, for my generation, it’s like a high-school reunion. You meet people you haven’t seen for years and they have good music to boot,” said Slater, looking forward most to the Led Zeppelin-like sounds of Rival Sons.

Not everyone was quite as familiar with the lineup and at least one fan might leave a little disappointed or surprised – one of the two.

“We wanted to see Alanis Morissette and on Sunday the Wallflowers,” Ricky Martin said.

Well, one out of two ain’t bad.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Melissa Etheridge for United Nations Free & Equal

Musician Melissa Etheridge knows being different isn't a bad thing. The latest in our series of activists and celebrities speaking up for equality, Melissa Etheridge speaks about celebrating our differences.


Video posted on YouTube by UN HUMANRIGHTS

Posted by Yahoo! Music: See It First! Melissa Etheridge Premieres Live Performance of New Single

Source and Video: Yahoo! Music

Oscar and two-time Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge is poised to release a new studio album, This is ME, on September 30th. The acclaimed singer-songwriter's first single off the set, "Take My Number," has already been impacting the airwaves and is now available on iTunes.

Yahoo Music is thrilled to premiere an exclusive live performance of "Take My Number," delivered from the Mayo Performing Arts Center, to whet fans' appetites for the new material. Enjoy!

Etheridge herself had this to say about her upcoming record: "I am excited to be putting out an album that is exactly what I want it to be. I had some amazing collaborators who really helped craft songs and an album that is truly representative of where I am in my life at this moment."

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Melissa Etheridge Performed the National Anthem at the LA Sparks Game

Melissa Etheridge performed the National Anthem before the LA Sparks game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on July 1, 2014.


Video by Eco-Friendly Street Team

Friday, June 27, 2014

Melissa Etheridge Video Interview with Entertainment Tonight

Source: Entertainment Tonight

Melissa Etheridge Opens Up About Surviving Breast Cancer and Returning To Music. Behind the scenes of 'Take My Number,' the first single off her new album, Melissa Etheridge talks to ET about surviving breast cancer, her recent marriage, and returning to music.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Melissa Etheridge to Perform National Anthem at Sparks Game

Source: LA Sparks

Los Angeles area fans! Melissa Etheridge will be performing the National Anthem on July 1 at the WNBA Sparks game at Staples Center. Click on the link above for ticket information!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Melissa Etheridge, Exclusive Interview with Berklee College of Music

Melissa Etheridge '80 talks about performing with the Boston Pops, lessons she learned at Berklee, the importance of being "in your truth," and her activism.


Video posted on YouTube by Berklee College of Music

Melissa Etheridge to Test ‘This Is Me’ in Edmonton

Source: Gig City

Just a little late for the folk fest, a Melissa Etheridge “solo” show would’ve been perfect – and it still is expected to be a breath of fresh air when the 53-year-old rock icon takes it intimate and unplugged for a tour she calls “This is ME Solo,” coming to Edmonton’s Jubilee Auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Alberta’s own singer-songwriting hero Joe Nolan will open. Tickets are $35-$95 and go on sale Friday, June 27 at TICKETMASTER.

In a statement, she said she’s doing this for two reasons: To “get ready” for the new album – so fans should be in for a treat with untested new material from the forthcoming release “This Is Me” – and to bring “new freshness” to older hits. It has been said that a truly good song must be able to withstand the Trial By Acoustic Guitar. Or at least Piano. Most of Etheridge’s signature songs are balls-out rockers such as “I’m the Only One” and “Bring Me Some Water,” the latter dating all the way back to 1988, so this should be interesting.

Etheridge’s personal life has certainly been as fascinating as her music. A cancer survivor, philanthropist and human rights activist, she came out as a lesbian in 1993 – something of a pioneer in that respect – had one child with her first wife Julie Cypher, with sperm donated by David Crosby, and twins (via anonymous sperm donor) with her second wife Tammy Lynn Michaels; they’ve since split up.

One of Etheridge’s crowning achievements was winning an Oscar in 2007 for her song “I Need To Wake Up” in Al Gore’s documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. She also starred for a stint with American Idiot on Broadway, and still finds time to host a daily syndicated radio show. Aren’t you supposed to slow down when you hit middle age?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Melissa Etheridge Videos from World Pride

Melissa Etheridge performs I Want To Come Over and Uprising Of Love at World Pride.


Video posted on YouTube by LIFEinMOLLYWOOD

Melissa Etheridge performs I'm The Only One, Take My Number, and Come To My Window.


Video posted on YouTube by LIFEinMOLLYWOOD

Melissa Etheridge performs Bring Me Some Water with Serena Ryder, and Meet Me In The Back, and Like The Way I Do.


Video posted on YouTube by LIFEinMOLLYWOOD

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Melissa Etheridge performs Uprising of Love a cappella at Albany Pride


Video posted on YouTube by TheLilgurllove

Niagara This Week: Acoustic Show Will Help Etheridge 'Get Back in Touch' With Her Music

Source: Niagara This Week

Plase baby can't you see, My mind's a burnin' hell, I got razors a rippin' and tearin' and strippin', My heart apart as well; so begins the Melissa Etheridge mega hit from 1993, The Only One.

And while she may have been best known for her passionate and often dark lyrics, she has become much more since those days.

“I am incredibly in love and happy in my relationship. I really love where I’m at,” said Etheridge from her California home. “I’m not obsessed with that energy anymore.”

Etheridge exchanged wedding vows with Linda Wallem, one of the creators of Nurse Jackie, on May 31st in California where they make their home.

After a sold-out performance of boisterous rock in July 2011, Etheridge returns to Seneca Allegany Events Center in Salamanca, N.Y. – this time as part of her subdued and acoustic “This Is ME Solo” run of intimate, live shows. She will perform this Sunday, June 22 at 5 p.m.; tickets start at $50.

“I try to do a solo show about once a decade,” said Etheridge from her home in California. “It gets me back in touch with my songs. It is such an intimate experience with the audience.

“As a musician you need to perform from different places. Change happens – and you want it to happen.”

Etheridge’s heartfelt lyrics and soulful, raspy voice are the hallmarks of emotional singles such as “Come to My Window,” “I’m the Only One,” “Like the Way I Do” and “I Want to Come Over.” Her latest single, “Uprising of Love,” became the inspiration for a new coalition by the same name that supports the safety and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Russians.

“Music keeps me in the process of examining my life,” she explained. “Life is about learning, about the choices we make.”

The two-time Grammy Award–winner is also gearing up to release a new solo album this fall.

Throughout her career – which spans three decades and includes 12 studio albums plus the new release on tap for September – Etheridge has topped the Billboard charts, won an Oscar for best song for “I Need to Wake Up” from Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth, has won a Juno, has been named Songwriter of the Year Award by the ASCAP, written several Platinum records, and is a 10-year breast cancer survivor.

For Etheridge, it remains all about the music. There is an intimacy in the relationship between the artist and her audience, she explains.

“It is an energetic exchange where I can contribute to the emotional feeling of other human beings.”

The creation of music comes from both the left and right sides of the brain, the thinking side and the feeling side, she says. “The feelings are the clay and the thinking is the wheel on which you shape and craft the music,” she added..

Etheridge, who has become a leading voice for the LGBT community headlines the opening ceremony for WorldPride in Toronto this Friday before heading to the Seneca Allegany Events Center for the Sunday performance.

Melissa Etheridge Owns the Stage at the Crouse Hinds Theater

Source: Syracuse

By Daniel Barbour | Contributing Writer

It's a difficult task to go on stage at a cavernous theater like The Crouse Hinds alone with an acoustic guitar and truly make the rafters shake. But Melissa Etheridge proved Thursday that she's more than capable of doing just that.

Well known for her Grammy-winning song "Come to my Window," her championing of gay rights, and her battle with cancer, Ethridge drew a large and enthusiastic crowd for her performance. Many seemed to be die-hard fans, wearing Melissa Etheridge T-shirts, singing along, and shouting their adoration in the crowded auditorium. This was especially notable during the first song, a high energy performance of "Bring me Some Water," during which the audience almost never stopped cheering.

Her set was dynamic, ranging from raucous guitar-driven tracks to more reserved piano ballads like "Meet me in the Dark." With the constant changing of guitars, implementation of new instruments (including dobro, tambourine, and harmonica), and changes in style, and Etheridge's signature raw and powerful vocal style, it would have been difficult for even non-fans to be bored.

The solo nature of the performance, which was done without the aid of a live band or backing tracks, served to highlight Etheridge's skills as a musician. Etheridge played all of her own percussion which she looped under her guitar. The looping allowed her to plug in her rhythm guitar parts to allow bluesy rock solos in songs like "Chrome Plated Heart," all in all showing that this was someone with serious skill.

Also worth noting is Etheridge's fantastic stage presence. She was clearly enthusiastic and passionate during the songs, often cracking jokes and connecting with the audience. Throughout the show Etheridge referred to her long history with Syracuse, having played here on tour since the eighties, and the vibe from both fans and performer over the course of the show was incredibly warm.

After the concert, as fans trickled out of the theater, each one that passed me said nothing but positive things about the concert and it seems that very few if any went home disappointed. With a band or without one, Melissa Etheridge has shown both a talent and a commitment to her fans which ought to keep her concerts loud and packed for some time to come.

Melissa Etheridge At The Crouse Hinds Theater

Source: Y94FM

Click on the link above to see over 100 photos from the June 19 concert in Syracuse, NY.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Primary Wave: This is ME Scheduled for Release September 30; New Single Take My Number Release to Radio on June 23

Source: Primary Wave

MELISSA ETHERIDGE’S NEW ALBUM “This is ME” SET FOR SEPTEMBER 30TH RELEASE ON ME RECORDS; 1ST SINGLE, “TAKE MY NUMBER” IMPACTS RADIO ON JUNE 23RD

(June 18, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA) Oscar and two-time Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge’s latest studio album This is ME is set for release on September 30th and will be the debut album for ME Records. Primary Wave Music will be marketing the album and it will be distributed by Caroline Distribution.

Recorded in New York and Los Angeles, the album features 11 new songs all written or co-written by Melissa Etheridge along with writers such as Jon Levine (Andy Grammer), Jerrod Bettis (Birdy, Adele), Jerry Wonda and Roccstar and includes tracks produced by Levine, Bettis and Mark Batson (Grace Potter & The Nocturnals).

“I am excited to be putting out an album that is exactly what I want it to be. I had some amazing collaborators who really helped craft songs and an album that is truly representative of where I am in my life at this moment,” Etheridge explains.

Today the “This is ME Album Photo Submission App” launched and the link is as follows: http://bit.ly/MEphotoapp

Through it, Melissa’s fans can contribute their personal photos for possible inclusion in a mosaic that will be used for the album cover. Fans will have until June 27th to submit their images for consideration.

The first single off the album, “Take My Number,” will debut on Triple A radio on June 23rd, hot AC on June 30th and will be available on iTunes on July 1st. “Take My Number” was written by Etheridge and Jerrod Bettis and produced by Bettis and Jon Levine.


Photo Credit: MEIN Website

Be a Part of Melissa's New Album Cover!

Source: Melissa Etheridge Website

Click on the link above for more information. Melissa Etheridge is asking fans to submit their picture to possibly be used on the cover of her upcoming album, This Is ME.


Video posted on YouTube by Melissa Etheridge


TCW: Melissa Etheridge Rocks the CSO

Source: Today's Chicago Woman

With a playlist that included mega hits such as “Come to My Window,” “You Can Sleep While I Drive,” and “Bring Me Some Water,” Melissa Etheridge rocked Symphony Hall alongside the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the CSO’s 25th Annual Corporate Night on Monday, June 16.

Raising over $1.1 million, the Board of Trustees and the League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association along with the generous support of ITW, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ariel Investments, Northern Trust, United Airlines and Kirkland & Ellis, among over 50 other Chicago corporations, hosted an unforgettable evening.

In between songs, Ms. Etheridge proclaimed, numerous times, how honored she was to play with the CSO while professing how impressive the acoustics in Symphony Hall were as she sang her heart out. And Ms. Etheridge was equally enthralled with the talent of Conductor Sean O’Loughlin, commenting several times on his artistry in producing her songs in sync with the CSO.

The highlight of the night was when an extremely animated Ms. Etheridge took a selfie with the CSO, much to the delight of the audience.

Married two weeks ago to Linda Wallem, Ms. Etheridge commented on her recent visit to Rockford, Illinois, where her in-laws hail from: “I’ve seen everything I need to see and know about Rockford…”

On 10 years of being a cancer survivor, Ms. Etheridge shared, “That experience that led me to a much greater appreciation and joy of LIFE, of my life. So I try to whenever I see someone suffering with cancer – tell them look at me believe in your life and your health. I am ten years cancer free. I created this song ["I Run for Life"] 10 years ago to remind myself this is a road, I have myself to worry about.”

The evening ended with an encore. Releasing a new album – This is ME – on September 30, Ms. Etheridge says, “The ME stands for Melissa Etheridge. Why not? It is my 13th album. This is a brand new song not yet released. A special treat, you will never hear it quite like this [with the symphony]. This is a good Midwestern song called ‘Take My Number.’” And it sure was.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Melissa Etheridge Performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Melissa Etheridge performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Take My Number (audio only):

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The Weakness In Me (audio only):

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Melissa Etheridge to Play in Manson, WA on September 6

Source: Ticketmaster

Spotted by Rhondda and Jib- Melissa Etheridge has added another show to her 2014 tour: Manson, WA on September 6. Click the link above for tickets and for more information.

NY Daily News: Rocker Melissa Etheridge Calls for NY to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Source: NY Daily News

Rocker Melissa Etheridge, a breast cancer survivor, calls for NY to legalize medical marijuana

Rocker and breast cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge has joined the fight to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes in New York—but Gov. Cuomo has serious questions before he’ll consider signing the bill.

“As a cancer survivor, I know the ravages of a serious illness, and patients who are suffering deserve access to a medication that can provide them relief,” Etheridge said in a statement.

Etheridge had previously said that medical marijuana not only relieved the nausea and pain from her treatments of stage 2 breast cancer, but it also allowed her to avoid other pain medication that could be addictive or have side effects.

Now, she says, "it’s time for leaders in Albany to listen to the people of New York and to show some compassion to those who are suffering needlessly; it’s time for them to pass the Compassionate Care Act."

A booth asking people to sign petitions supporting the cause was set up at the singer’s Albany concert Saturday night. And she referenced the issue from the stage during the show, noting that she now has an apartment in New York City and considers the state “my second home.”

“Let the governor know that, ‘hey, there’s a lot of people out there suffering who could use some medical marijuana,’ ” Etheridge told the crowd. “It’s good stuff. It really is.”

“The world’s a changing and we’re coming to our senses.”

Cuomo and legislative leaders have recently opened negotiations on a medical pot bill, known as the Compassionate Care Act, with hopes a deal could be reached before the Thursday end of the legislative session. But Cuomo has raised a host of concerns that his aides say must be addressed before he'd even consider signing the bill.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Melissa Etheridge Interview with The Star

Source: The Star

By: Richard Ouzounian, Theatre Critic

Melissa Etheridge says she’s “truly happy for the first time in her life,” which for her is a considerable achievement.
“I’ve got everything I ever wanted right now, so what do I have to complain about?” she asks on the phone from Boston, where she was to perform Thursday and Friday evenings with the Boston Pops.

“My health is good, my career is solid and I just married the most amazing woman in the world,” she says, referring to Linda Wallem, one of the creators of Nurse Jackie, with whom she exchanged vows on May 31 in California.

That’s all good, but the 53-year-old rock superstar, who headlines the opening ceremony for WorldPride in Toronto on June 20, hasn’t always had the smoothest ride.

She came out as a lesbian years ahead of most of her show-business peers, dealing with derision and abuse from an uncomprehending straight world.

She successfully and publicly battled breast cancer, showing up at the Grammys at the height of her treatment, to perform bald-headed as a result of her chemotherapy.

And she survived two very public and very ugly breakups with her partners, the last one resulting in a flurry of mutual accusations that filled the tabloids with delight.

“That’s all past me now,” she laughs. “Not part of the problem anymore.”

Listening to Etheridge speak, it’s interesting to note that the anger is gone.

It used to be one of her strongest tools, drawing something sweet yet bitter out of her voice, like the aroma that nutmeg gives out when it’s rasped against the grater.

But then there were times it could be overwhelming, when the combination of need and pain could make a song of seduction like “Come to My Window” sound scary if you heard it on the wrong night.

“We’ve all got bigger things to be concerned about,” she says. “That’s why I’m so overwhelmed with launching WorldPride this year. It’s deeper and more meaningful right now than it ever was.

“Last summer, we all thought we’d achieved all kinds of victories and the boulder was finally going down the hill. Then we turn around and face what’s happening in Russia and realize the battle’s not over. Not at all.”

Etheridge says she’s disturbed that violence against LGBT people seems to be growing just as the overall acceptance level is rising as well.

“It’s strange, isn’t it? But I think I understand it. The more that people accept their friends and coworkers can be gay, the stronger the gay community gets and the more that drives some people crazy.

“How can the love that one person feels for another cause such hatred in the heart of a third person? I tell you, the world is having an identity crisis because some people don’t realize society is a big crayon box and we’re all different colours out there. There is no normal fit. In our diversity is our strength.”

Etheridge’s two oldest children are 16 and 17, but she says aren’t targets of hatred over having a gay mother. “Their generation is much, much different. They’re not the ones we have to worry about.

“Man, it was so, so, so much different for me at that age.”

Born and raised in Leavenworth, Kan., Etheridge came to a slow but steady realization of her sexuality.

“It was such a slow process of trying to fit in. You went out with boys because you were supposed to and you felt something for them, but it was never very strong and you started to think, ‘So this is what it’s all about?’

“But then on my 17th birthday, I kissed a girl. And apologies to Katy Perry, I didn’t just like it — I loved it. Inside of me it was the Fourth of July. Adolescence is a powder keg anyway, but this was fireworks going off, and I didn’t even have to think it was right, because I felt it was.”

She came out to her father, because, as she puts it, “My mother and I didn’t really connect until I was my 20s. But when I told my Dad, he said, ‘I don’t understand it, but as long as you’re happy, I’m fine.’”

I remind her of a lyric on her most recent album, “Father, forgive me what my mother don’t know,” and she sighs. “Yeah, that was it. You got it. Listen to my songs, they’re the roadmap of my life.”

So she started out on her journey to rock stardom. Everyone in the business knew she was gay (“Hell, I was discovered in a lesbian bar, for crying out loud!”), but no one was openly out.

“I remember sitting around one night with Ellen (DeGeneres) and Rosie (O’Donnell) and we were all saying, ‘Who’s going to be the first to come out?’”

It was Etheridge, in 1993. DeGeneres followed in 1997 and O’Donnell the next year.

“There’s a lot of forgiveness built into rock music,” is how she justifies her friends’ delay. “Television isn’t so easy about being gay, or it wasn’t back then.” The ensuing spotlight on Etheridge and her sexuality was one of the contributing factors to the demise of her long-time relationship with Julie Cypher, with whom she had had two children. They split in 2000, with Cypher “reconsidering her sexuality.”

It was tough on Etheridge, but she survived. “I put it all in my album, Breakdown. It never sold well but I needed to write it. Got it all out of my system.”

Even at her darkest, Etheridge never slipped into substance abuse or addiction like so many of her peers.

She thinks about that and says, “I think because my desire to be a musician was so huge, I didn’t want to jeopardize it. I started playing in bars when I was 12. I saw what alcohol and drugs did to people. It wasn’t for me.”

Then the next big thing to hit Etheridge was breast cancer, in 2004.

“I was giving myself a self-examination and first, I was like, ‘This is just a cyst, it’s not anything.’ But right away, you hear this background noise: ‘What if it’s cancer? What if it’s cancer?’

“Then you go for the exam and you find out it is. Game over. Now it’s time to really think about life. I was angry, then I was scared but then I told myself if I got through it all, I would change.”

For Etheridge that didn’t just mean changing her diet and lifestyle; it meant changing herself.

“I didn’t like myself and I knew that’s where cancer began. Inside, with self-hatred. So I changed my emotional state.”
Within a few years, it marked the demise of her second long-term relationship with Tammy Lynn Michaels, who had given birth to twins with Etheridge in 2006.

“Yeah, it was tough ending that, but those are things that change when you change your life.”

And then she looked up and realized the woman who had been her best friend for a decade, Linda Wallem, was waiting there in front of her.

“I realized she was all I ever wanted in a partner, so why hurt myself and look outside in the world for what’s sitting here right next to me?”

Melissa Etheridge’s Five Fave: Places

4th STREET, LEAVENWORTH, KAN. That’s the main street of my hometown and you never forget the place you started out.

BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC, BOSTON, MASS. I moved away from home to go to school there. I learned a lot, in and out of class, and I’m glad I went.

TESUQUE, JUST OUTSIDE OF SANTA FE, N.M. I lived there for several years and I still think of it as paradise.

SAN YSIDRO RANCH, MONTECITO, CALIF. It’s where Linda and I got married on May 31. Is there any wonder I’m crazy about it?

LE SERENO HOTEL ON ST. BARTS Everything we could wish for. A perfect honeymoon.

Melissa Etheridge Performs Uprising of Love in Boston, MA

Melissa Etheridge performs Uprising of Love in Boston, MA.


Video posted on YouTube by Jeff McRae

Friday, June 13, 2014

Melissa Etheirdge Urges Passage of New York’s Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Legislation

Source: Drug Policy

Rock Star and Cancer Survivor Melissa Etheridge, In Albany for a Concert Saturday, Urges Passage of New York’s Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Legislation -- the Compassionate Care Act

In a Show of Support for Fellow Cancer Survivors and Other Patients, Etheridge Helps Advocates as They Enter the Final Days of the Legislative Session With Still No Action from Senate Leadership

Albany – Legendary rock star and cancer survivor, Melissa Etheridge – who is in the state capital for a concert on Saturday at the The Egg theater -- called on Governor Andrew Cuomo and the leaders of the New York Senate to pass the Compassionate Care Act. Etheridge also arranged for patients and caregivers from Compassionate Care NY -- a coalition of patients, caregivers and organizations working for passage of the bill -- to collect signatures in support of the legislation at her concert. The Compassionate Care Act, A.6357-C (Gottfried) / S.4406-C (Savino), would alleviate the suffering of thousands of New Yorkers with serious and debilitating conditions -- such as cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and HIV/AIDS -- by allowing them access to a small amount of medical marijuana under the supervision of their healthcare provider.

Just this week, the Compassionate Care Act moved through its final Senate committee. Negotiations between state leadership are now underway, and while Governor Cuomo expressed some tepid support, he has not yet embraced the measure. If Senate leadership does not allow the bill to the floor for the vote by June 19th, the bill will die, and patients will be forced to wait another year for relief.

In statement, Etheridge said:

"Tonight, I am calling on Governor Cuomo and the New York State legislature to stand with patients across New York and pass the Compassionate Care Act without further delay. As a cancer survivor, I know the ravages of a serious illness, and patients who are suffering deserve access to a medication that can provide them relief. Tonight, I stand with those patients, with their caregivers, and with the vast majority of New Yorkers who support medical marijuana. It’s time for leaders in Albany to listen to the people of New York and to show some compassion to those who are suffering needlessly; it’s time for them to pass the Compassionate Care Act.”

Boston Globe: Melissa Etheridge Helps Launch Berklee Night at the Pops

Source: Boston Globe

Melissa Etheridge had been here before, but on the outside looking in. In 1979, when the rootsy rocker lived in Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, she used to pass by Symphony Hall like any other undergrad living in a nearby dorm: with a slice of pizza and some doughnuts from the corner 7-Eleven.

When she came back Thursday, for the first of two nights performing with the Boston Pops, she fondly recalled those memories and assured the crowd that the relevance of her return to the hallowed hall was not lost on her.

“You are in the midst of a dream come true,” she said.

It was an evening of several firsts, in fact. Etheridge had never played with a major orchestra or even stepped inside Symphony Hall. She headlined the inaugural Berklee Night at the Pops, whose first portion highlighted some of the school’s talent, not to mention the Pops’ dexterity in a program of vast range and feeling under conductor Keith Lockhart’s watchful eye.

Etheridge kept her set short and sweet — six songs, no encore — but they were true to her reputation for being a passionate and invested storyteller. On acoustic guitar, she howled the refrain of “I Want to Come Over” and eased into “You Can Sleep While I Drive” as if relaying a private love letter instead of a song.

The Pops added little flights of fancy, and the interplay between them was particularly pronounced on “Come to My Window.” Together they gave the chorus some extra oomph; when Etheridge roared, “I don’t care what they think,” the Pops echoed her with an instrumental thud of dun-dun-dun.

A technical quibble: Etheridge’s voice was so soft, while singing and especially when speaking, that you often wondered if the sound mix was off or if she was keeping some of her vocal pyrotechnics in the reserve. It diminished an otherwise robust performance.

From Berklee, a handful of students who had won a competition represented its various shades, from the swing and sway of jazz singer Sarah McKenzie’s “That’s It, I Quit!” to Ahmad El Haggar’s meditative ballad “Mawal El Kurum” (“The Grapevine Hymn”), sung in Arabic.

Lockhart and the Pops got to flex some muscle, too. Their highly syncopated and percussive interpretation of “Blue Rondo à la Turk,” Dave Brubeck’s jazz standard, was an elegant flip side to the build and climactic release of “Stairway to Heaven,” the classic-rock staple by Led Zeppelin.

Lifting a line from one of his predecessors, Arthur Fiedler, Lockhart noted that if a common thread united the Pops and Berklee, it was their shared mission statement. They’re both devoted to just one kind of music: the interesting kind.