and activist Melissa Etheridge was born in Leavenworth, Kansas and began
playing piano and guitar as a teenager. After relocating to Los Angeles,
it wasnt long before her impressive talents were discovered when
Island Records founder Chris Blackwell caught a performance and signed
Etheridge to the label in 1986.
In November 2002, Etheridge will release a two-disc concert film DVD of her personal and successful 2001 Live and Alone tour. The DVD will also feature two new recordings, Alive, which will be heard at the end credits on the film version (in theatres September) and The Weakness In Me that is an outstanding version of the Joan Armatrading song, produced and arranged by Patrick Leonard (Madonna, Elton John).
released her self-titled debut album in 1988, which featured the hits
Like The Way I Do and Bring Me Some Water. Her
1992 album Never Enough, won the rocker a Grammy Award for the track,
Aint It Heavy. The next year, Etheridge released Yes
I Am, featuring "I'm The Only One" and Come To My Window,
which earned her a second Grammy. Your Little Secret and Breakdown followed
in 1995 and 1999, respectively. In 2001, Etheridge released her most recent
album, Skin, as well as the New York Times best-selling autobiography,
The Truth Is
My Life and Times, which is now available in paperback.