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Etheridge, Melissa Lou

Born: 1961 AD
Currently alive, at 59 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Singer, Songwriter

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.