Currently alive, at 59 years of age.
1961 – Born on May 29th in Leavenworth, Kansas. 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.
1969 – Etheridge first picked up the guitar at the age of eight and began penning her own songs shortly thereafter.
1988 – Etheridge’s first recorded work appeared on the forgotten soundtrack to the Nick Nolte prison movie Weeds before her self-titled debut was issued.
1989 – Etheridge managed to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump with Brave and Crazy, which followed the same musical formula as its predecessor and proved to be another gold-certified success.
1992 – Signaled the arrival of "Never Enough", an album that proved to be more musically varied.
1995 – Earned a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocalist.
2002 – Saw the release of Etheridge’s autobiography "The Truth Is: My Life in Love and Music"
2004 – "Lucky" was her celebration of a new romance.
– Etheridge revealed that she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer.
2005 – 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.