Melissa Etheridge

American Rock In Its Purest Form – Melissa Etheridge On Stage

Melissa Etheridge has long been referred to as an artist who produces music that fits the core of what numerous think about “American Rock and Roll.” Her style combines folk, blues, rock-and-roll and searing guitar tunes that cut to the soul. Her wide-ranging design has caught the hearts and ears of millions of fans, and Etheridge is going back to the phase in the summer of 2006. A look at her life will at least partly discuss how her design became.

Early Life

Etheridge was born in Leavenworth, Kansas on May 29, 1961. She nearly right away became included with music, as she discovered to play the guitar at the age of 8 and began composing music quickly after that. She played in a series of regional bands through her teen-age years and was accepted into the prominent Berklee College of Music in Boston after high school.

Etheridge remained at Berklee for just one year, and she dropped out to play around Boston for a time prior to making her method to Southern California in the early 1980’s. She invested her time producing demonstration tapes, and was found by Bill Leopold, who got her steady work at a series of gigs in the Los Angeles area.

Career Highlights

Etheridge’s routine efficiencies at the Executive Suite in Long Beach got her discovered by record companies, and her talent led to a bidding war between A&M, Capitol, EMI, and Warner Bros. Etheridge ultimately chose to sign with Island Records, and she instantly started producing cds.

Her first studio work, entitled Melissa Etheridge, went multi-platinum, and 4 songs launched from this work climbed up into the Billboard charts. Her 2nd release, Brave and Crazy, got as high as number 22 on the album charts and had three songs make areas in the Billboard charts.

Ever since, Etheridge has actually released 7 succeeding cds, with 2 more, Yes I Am in 1993 and Your Little Secret in 1995 going multi-platinum. In all, Etheridge’s cds have sold over 27 million copies worldwide, and her music is as identifiable as any artist in her period.

Personal Causes

Etheridge is just slightly-less known for her personal causes as she is for her music. Possibly her most famous “cause” was her courageous choice to reveal her homosexuality throughout President Clinton’s inauguration ceremonies in 1993. Ever since, she has been a devoted advocate for gay rights, and is as identifiable as any star for this cause worldwide.

Etheridge has likewise carried out for many benefits, consisting of such causes as Hurricane Katrina relief, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Etheridge is extensively understood for giving her time, cash, skills and platform as a star to bring interest to the causes where she believes, no matter how questionable.

This bravery has actually just boosted her standing with her fans and music enthusiasts alike, and it talks with the nature of her musical design – sincere, open, sincere and genuine. She will no doubt continue to carry out for her causes, and she makes sure to bring a crowd anywhere she appears.