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

Friday, June 26, 2015

Melissa Etheridge Tweets Reaction to SCOTUS Ruling on Marriage Equality

In reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling today for Marriage Equality, Melissa Etheridge tweeted the following:

Wow!!! My wife and I were "celebrating" our marriage when we found out about SCOTUS!! Love is never wrong. Love to you all! We did it!!

Friends!! #LoveWins !!!! I am so happy to be with my wife today! Life is full of wonder and love is never wrong.

I am married from sea to shining sea!! #Lovewins

MSNBC: Supreme Court Rules in favor of Marriage Equality

Source: MSNBC

By Emma Margolin

The nation’s highest court has found that the U.S. Constitution requires states to license and recognize marriages between two people of the same sex, making marriage equality officially — after decades of litigation and activism — the law of the land.

Justice Anthony Kennedy authored the landmark opinion, which was handed down on Friday, writing that “no union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family.” He was joined by Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Melissa Etheridge Eco-Friendly Street Team Periscope Interview

Melissa Etheridge answers questions from the Eco-Friendly Street Team and fans during a June 25 Periscope broadcast.

Video posted on Youtube by Angie Wormy

St. Louis Post Dispatch: Melissa Etheridge Says Her New Album is 'all about me'

Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch

Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP

While growing up in Kansas (her father grew up in St. Louis), she listened to radio station WHB in Kansas City with Johnny Dolan. She credits the Top 40 station with playing all types of music, from Tammy Wynette to Marvin Gaye.

“You didn’t see boundaries when I was a kid,” Etheridge, 54, says. “I listened to Diana Ross and lost my mind. I had a love for all of this music. ... So I was trying to do more this time — add more rhythm, since I’m finally my own boss.”

She suspects she wouldn’t have been able to make “This is M.E.” if she had stayed with Island. Labels tend to map out the producers they want artists to work with, where they should record and more, and she wouldn’t have had the freedom she has now.

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Melissa Etheridge Kansas City, June 24 Concert Videos

Bring Me Some Water

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I Want To Come Over
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Like They Way I Do

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I'm The Only One

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The Pitch: Melissa Etheridge reconnected with her hometown at the Uptown Theater last night

Source: The Pitch

Photo Credit: Mike Warren

From the opening moments of Melissa Etheridge’s solo show at the Uptown last night, she began mentioning it had been awhile since she’d been home. With story after story about living and hanging out in Kansas City and Leavenworth, her actual hometown, it became clear how long she’s been away — and how many connections she really has.

Etheridge announced, to a three-quarters full theater, that while she’d been to plenty of shows at the Uptown, she’d never played there before. Before kicking into “Take My Number,” one of Etheridge’s many songs about reconnecting and just plain winding up next to someone, she mentioned that she mentally travels back home quite a bit. “For this one, I thought ‘What if I were back in Kansas City and ran into an old friend…?”

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Kansas City Star: Melissa Etheridge Applies Lots of Local Color to Uptown Theater Show

Source: The Kansas City Star

Photo Credit: Shane Keyser

This event was advertised as a solo show, and technically it was. Melissa Etheridge brought no band with her Wednesday to the Uptown Theater.

But she did bring an arsenal of guitars, a slew of pedals and other gadgets and a few percussion instruments, all of which she deployed to give her songs ballast, bottom and heft during a two-hour show that spanned a catalog that is now approaching 30 years old.

A native of Leavenworth, Etheridge spent some of her formative music years in Kansas City, and she reminisced about those times throughout the show, citing old haunts like the Magic Pan, the Lavender Lounge in the Granada Royale (now an Embassy Suites hotel) and the Westport record store Penny Lane, where she bought her first Joan Armatrading album decades ago. This was Etheridge’s first performance at the Uptown, but she recalled attending a Tom Waits concert at the theater decades ago.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Melissa Etheridge Performs in TV Studio A at KCPT

Leavenworth, Kansas artist Melissa Etheridge performs 'You Can Sleep While I Drive' in TV Studio A at KCPT.

Video posted on Youtube by 90.9 The Bridge

Leavenworth, Kansas artist Melissa Etheridge performs 'Take My Number' in TV Studio A at KCPT.

Video posted on Youtube by 90.9 The Bridge

Melissa Etheridge on Why You Should Travel with Olivia

Melissa Etheridge talks about why you should she her concert on Olivia Travel's Mexican Riviera Cruise (November 12-19, 2015).

Video posted on Youtube by Olivia Travel

Daily Call: Etheridge Branches Out While Staying True to Self

Source: Daily Call
Belinda M. Paschal

BMP: I saw you live in the ’90s at Fraze Pavilion in Dayton. From them to now, so much has changed in your personal and professional lives. How how have those events impacted you as an artist?

Etheridge: That’s what it’s all about — whatever happens to you. I made a decision long ago that my music would be true to life. What singer-songwriters create is from their personal experiences. Coming out, having to publicly walk through my relationship lessons, going through cancer … those are huge life-changers. Along with that came a change of style and my spirit. The music IS me; you can’t separate one from the other.

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Singer/Songwriter Comes to Riverside Casino Saturday

Source: Hoopla Now

The prolific singer/songwriter opened herself to collaboration on the music aspect of this introspective collection, but she still wrote all the lyrics. She sees this branching-out process as necessary and inevitable.

"It's the nature of being an independent artist now," Etheridge, 54, says by phone from her Los Angeles home. "In 2013 I went through big changes and changed my management, got off my record label, went independent and really took the big leap. And by doing that, the way I create the album changes. The big corporate money upfront is gone, so the way you do it now is collaborate and give the back end."

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Melissa Etheridge Audio Interview: The Bridge

Source: The Bridge

Such a beautifully amazing storyteller and musician, Melissa Etheridge returns home to the sound of her personal journeys.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Melissa Etheridge Rama, Ontario, June 20, 2015 Concert Videos

The Weakness In Me

Video posted on Youtube by Maria Fera

You Can Sleep While I Drive

Video posted on Youtube by Maria Fera

Like The Way I Do

Video posted on Youtube by Tommy Luptak

Melissa Etheridge Huntington, NY June 18, 2015 Concert Videos

Like The Way I Do

Video posted on Youtube by Kristen Costa

Bring Me Some Water

Video posted on Youtube by Jo Silberman

Don't You Need

Tom Moser

I'm The Only One

Video posted on Youtube by Jetthead4403

If I Wanted To

Video posted on Youtube by Jo Silberman

Melissa Etheridge Poughkeepsie, NY 6/14/15 Concert Video

The Different

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Brave and Crazy

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Melissa Etheridge Shops At Big Dudes Music City

The awesome and Legendary Melissa Etheridge stopped by Big Dudes on her day off to pick up a SDVNP12 Djembe from Toca Percussion and tell us about her latest LIVE FEED on her Twitter. So go check it out and don't miss her great show tomorrow at the Uptown Theater. Big Dudes Music City.

Photo Credit: Big Dudes Music City

Photo Credit: Big Dudes Music City

Green Bay Press Gazette: Melissa Etheridge to Fly Solo June 29 at DCA

Source: Green Bay Press Gazette

After playing in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania earlier this month, Etheridge's tour now swings into the Midwest, and she admitted having a special connection with Wisconsin.

"First of all, Wisconsin is one of most gorgeous states. And my wife was born in Wisconsin. She's from Madison, so of course she is, from birth, a (Green Bay) Packers fan," Ehteridge said. "I'm a (Kansas City) Chiefs fan, so we're in a different division (in the NFL), which is good.

"I come from (Kansas), so I love the outdoors. The people of Wisconsin are amazing and hearty. You know, you go through those winters … It's a sweet place."

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Leavenworth Times: Grammy Winner Still Loves Her Hometown

Source: Leavenworth Times

Q5: Grammy winner still loves her hometown
By Rimsie McConiga

Melissa Etheridge will be in concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri. In this Quick 5 interview, she talks about her fond memories of growing up in Leavenworth.

1. Melissa, what was your recent visit to Leavenworth like when you came to attend the ceremony where your dad, John Etheridge, was honored with a ball field at Sportsfield Park named after him?

Coming back to Leavenworth with my wife Linda was a truly amazing experience. It was wonderful seeing the place where I grew up and spent my childhood and seeing it through adult eyes. Seeing the beauty and peacefulness and specialness that is Leavenworth like a little gem tucked away in the little corner in Kansas. Just beautiful. It was great going to my high school and seeing all the changes that had occurred there. Leavenworth High School again, a very special place. It was great to see the administration and the teachers there. They were astounding and I got to meet some of the kids. It was a special place when I was attending and still is, especially Power and Life, I love that that's still going.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Melissa Etheridge Live On The Bridge on Tuesday, 6/23

Source: The Bridge

We are honored, thrilled and excited to welcome artist Melissa Etheridge to The Bridge studios this Tuesday afternoon. Tune in around the 4 o’clock hour for conversation and music with this Grammy-award winning artist, on tour for her latest album This is M.E., playing the Uptown Theater on Wednesday night. Timothy Finn wrote about her return to her hometown of Leavenworth and rediscovery of the KC area as well as her recent career activity in his Back to Rockville column. Back in November, she did this interview with NPR’s All Things Considered.

Tune in on air or online and check the 909 Sessions for the interview and performances from this session and past in studios on The Bridge.

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Melissa Etheridge Interview With The Pitch

Source: The Pitch

Melissa Etheridge talks feminism and keeping the creative flame alive ahead of her solo show at Uptown on Wednesday
Posted By Natalie Gallagher

Ahead of her Wednesday-night solo show at the Uptown, we spoke with Etheridge by phone about her lengthy career and what it means to be truly independent.

The Pitch: In interviews with you that I've read, it’s kind of remarkable how many opinions you’re expected to have. Like, you’re a lesbian, so you’re expected to represent gay rights. You’ve had some experiences with medical marijuana, so you’re expected to speak on it. Do you ever just want to be like, “Ugh, I just want to sing songs,” or are you pleased that music has opened up these avenues for you?

Etheridge: It’s been an interesting journey, because certainly when I first started out in my 20s, I said, "I just want to be rich and famous, and that's it." That was really, truly the goal. Wanted to do the rock and roll, and I loved music and loved what I was making, and I started this journey. And I was in Los Angeles for those years and signed a record label and as I was walking that path, life gave me these choices, and it became clear that I was either going to really have to be really secretive and keep my sexuality to myself or I was going to have to walk a walk and be truthful about this. And I was open to my family and my friends, so there wasn't any doubt, so I just kept speaking truthfully.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Kansas City Star: Melissa Etheridge Faces and Embraces Change In Her Life And Music

Source: The Kansas City Star

Melissa Etheridge doesn’t visit home much.

“Other than when I was touring, I hadn’t been back to Kansas City, socially, for about 10 years,” she said.

Etheridge and her wife, Linda Wallem, visited Etheridge’s hometown of Leavenworth at the end of May to attend a ceremony honoring her late father, John Etheridge.

“The Leavenworth parks and rec dedicated a softball field on their sports complex to my father,” she said. “He was the athletics director there.”

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Melissa Etheridge New Jersey Show Review by New Jersey Stage

Source: New Jersey Stage

The stage looked like a garage rehearsal space, very comfortable with faux lava lamps, large cloths with designs and soft lighting; framed by a classic rock sound track, welcoming all as they filtered into Red Bank's Count Basie Theatre. A quick inventory revealed nine guitars (two of which were of the double neck variety), a grand piano, an amp and a whole lot of anticipation of what was to come.

The predominantly female audience lined the front of the stage; taking pre-show selfies until the house lights dimmed and the dull murmur which permeated this small New Jersey venue became a deafening roar. There was no doubt who they were there to see and when Melissa Etheridge took the stage at 8:05 p.m., acoustic guitar in hand to the weighted strums of "Ain't It Heavy," the deafening roar was accompanied by a stampede of fans anxious to get near the front of the stage. Cell phone video, pictures and attempts to push closer kept security busy and Etheridge, seemingly enjoying the adrenaline rush plowed forward strong and undeterred by the chaos which surrounded her. A sly smile and wide eyed looks were enough to keep the raucous crowd, now at a fever pitch at bey as she welcomed her fans at the tune's completion.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Melissa Etheridge Talks Music, Equality and "M.E." Ahead of Fair Saint Louis Concert with Blondie


When Fair Saint Louis announced that out lesbian rocker Melissa Etheridge would be teaming up with the equally iconic Blondie for a July 3 showstopper at the annual Fourth of July celebration the explosion of joy across LGBT social media accounts registered with a resounding YAAAASSS!.

Etheridge, the Grammy award winning singer, songwriter and activisist has a special place in her heart for St. Louis. Her father was born here and she still has family in the area. (And yes, she remembers popping into Novak's post concert very fondly!)

#Boom recently caught up with Etheridge to talk about the tour, her music, equality, surviving cancer and more.

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Melissa Etheridge’s Touring Backup Singer - Jessica Antonette- Part Two Interview by Discover Hit Music

Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge is one of Jessica’s idols, and to be performing with her live night after night, is a dream come true. However, that dream required years of hard work and dedication. Not only has Jessica devoted her life to music, she continually works on improving her singing and song writing. Her work ethic was noticed by Producers Jerry Wonda and Arden Altino (Shakira, Jay-Z, P. Diddy), who invited her on Melissa's tour. Her credits also include singing on Sean Kingston’s mixtape. Discover Hit Music interviews Jessica Antonette part 2. DHM

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Donate to Animal Rescue Rescuzilla For A Chance to Win Melissa Etheridge Autographed Items

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ABC News: Melissa Etheridge: How My Life's Changed 10 Years After Cancer

Source: ABC News

Etheridge, 54, said she tried homeopathic solutions instead of solely allopathic or mainstream medicine.

The "Come to My Window" singer admits that she is a "little more radical" than most when it comes to her style of health.

"I always tell people to do what they believe," she said, adding that if women want to have a mammogram once a year, than that's exactly what they should do. "I myself have a different belief. I believe in the balance of my body and I believe that I can understand the subtleties and feel the subtleties of my own body and when it's out of balance and those things that bring the circumstances that would cause cancer up. So, I actually stopped my mammograms."

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Digital Journal: Melissa Etheridge Phenomenal at The Paramount in New York

Source: Digital Journal

Etheridge began her set with a soaring rendition of "All American Girl," while accompanying herself on acoustic guitar. "Awesome. This is the first time I've been at this place. This is great," Etheridge exclaimed, complimenting The Paramount.

She switched over to electric guitar as she nailed "Chrome Plated Heart," where green lights dimmed on the stage, and the fans were clapping along. It was followed by the tender tune, "A Little Bit of Me," which was the quintessential lullaby.

"Fun," she said, and decided to take her fans on a trip down memory lane to 1988, with "Don't You Need," a song from her debut studio album, where she hit the high notes effortlessly. "Thank you very much for getting my first album," she told the crowd.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Melissa Etheridge Tarrytown, NY Concert Videos

You Can Sleep While I Drive

Video posted on Youtube by 114Emile

Bring Me Some Water

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The Backbeat Experience Audio Interview with MLE

Source: The Backbeat Experience

Here is an interview which took place backstage before her solo concert in Frankfurt, Germany on 19.04.15. She was very relaxed sitting across from me in her sweatshirt and we chatted about her career, health and the current album "This is M.E.". Her stage setup had an esoteric touch with candles, scarves and mood lighting surrounded by a slew of different guitars, grand piano and percussive instruments which were used in connection with a looping device. The packed hall was treated to a great energetic and laid back performance form an artist who has been challenged by both life and the music biz.

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June Melissa Etheridge Blog Post and Unreleased Song "Fill It Up Joe"

Source: MEIN

MEIN Members- Log in to read a blog post by Melissa Etheridge and hear another unreleased track, "Fill It Up Joe"!