Melissa Etheridge

(Melissa Lou Etheridge)

Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge
  • Born: May 29, 1961
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Activist









Melissa Lou Etheridge is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Her self-titled debut album Melissa Etheridge was released in 1988 and became an underground success. The album peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard 200, and its lead single, "Bring Me Some Water", garnered Etheridge her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female. In 1993, Etheridge won her first Grammy award for her single "Ain't It Heavy" from her third album, Never Enough. Later that year, she released what would become her mainstream breakthrough album, Yes I Am. Its tracks "I'm the Only One" and "Come to My Window" both reached the top 30 in the United States, and the latter earned Etheridge her second Grammy award. Yes I Am peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard 200, and spent 138 weeks on the chart, earning a RIAA certification of 6x Platinum, her largest to date.

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All men, and women, and everything in between are created equal. Women
Cancer's like the ultimate excuse. Who's gonna say, 'Oh, no, you have to show up for this one?' 'Hey, I got cancer. I can't be there.' It's the ultimate eraser.
Chemotherapy tests your sanity.
Christmas comes during a season when the Earth is in its darkest time. It's a holiday for the family and for everyone. Time ;Families, Children & Parenting
Don't let anyone tell you that you have to be a certain way. Be unique. Be what you feel.
Gay people are born everyday. You will never legislate that away.
I adopted a healthier diet. I take at least a tablespoon of apple-cider vinegar a day. It's an old wives' tale, but it really is one of the best things you can put in your mouth.
I always tell people I'm grateful for my cancer diagnosis because it was the greatest gift because it completely changed my life. I was able to stop and let my whole life and world just crash over me like a wave. And I stood there and went, 'Wow.' And for the first time, I stopped everything. I had to. Life ;Time
I am a songwriter. I do get to put my personal experiences in song.
I believed in Obama for social issues. I believe he brought our nation together and healed our racial divide. Martin Luther King's dream came true when he was elected. That's huge.
I can be a rock star with a television show and still have a self-esteem problem. So it's nice to have your dad go, 'Hey Melissa, I'm proud of you - you're doing good.' Families, Children & Parenting
I can look at cancer as a disease that picks me out and 'why me,' or I can look at it through love and say, 'This is a wake-up call. This is my body telling me: 'Hey, you're out of balance here. It's time to get in line with yourself.' Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I definitely feel we're moving forward. There's a lot more understanding... there's less fear and we're working on there being less hatred.
I don't have a bucket list because it is my dedication to live every day of my life there. I don't have a bucket list because I'm doing it that day. I don't want to go to bed and say, 'Oh, I wish I had done this.' Life
I don't think anyone masters parenthood.
I feel my heart break to see a nation ripped apart by it's own greatest strength - it's diversity.
I have a very strong opinions about health and our responsibility to our own health, and I will always say what I feel. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I have always loved Broadway.
I have days when I say, 'I'm going to have five chocolate chip cookies today.' I'll have a salad every day but every week I have a cheat day.
I have found that I'm just political just by being who I am.
I kind of thought when I was 30 that you're as good as your going to get. And that's not true.
I stand before you a totally healthy person. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I tell people that anything that could ever happen to you on stage has happened to me. My clothes have fallen off. I've fallen off the stage. I've gotten sick - anything.
I think being a parent is knowing how to love. Sometimes love is discipline, sometimes it's humor, sometimes it's listening. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Humor
I think it has done us more harm believing in the huge differences between left and right, Democrat and Republican.
I think I've been on a path ever since I was born, a path of high stress. I put myself, my career, it was a big old juicy carrot right in front of me for all of my life. Life
I would never say I had a bad childhood at all.
I write songs for people who drive in cars. I really do.
I'm exploring the maturity, the wisdom that just comes from having gone around the sun 50 times. My experience is, 'Oh, I'm never really going to get it right. I'm never going to get it done. But that's not the point here.' The point is the journey.
I'm for gay marriage, because I'm for gay divorce. Families, Children & Parenting
I'm not one for big public displays of affection, anyway. Straight, gay, whatever.
I'm one of those people that will say, 'My cancer was a gift.'
I'm so close to Heaven, this Hell cannot be mine.
I'm very fortunate that I have a wonderful family around me and loved ones. Families, Children & Parenting
In country music, there are certain female artists, like Gretchen Wilson, where you're going to find lesbians because they're responding to that more aggressive side. Music, Chants & Rapps
Instead of taking five or six of the prescriptions, I decided to go a natural route and smoke marijuana.
It was tough being a single mom. It was tough being in a divorce with children. Very, very hard.
I've been a rock star since you were very young. But I've never encountered anything as powerful as cancer.
I've sold my soul for freedom. It's lonely but it's sweet. Freedom & Liberty
I've worked since I was 11 years old, playing music and following the dream, and shaking and moving and doing it. And then, you have cancer and it was like 'Ooooohh.' It was like a big eraser. It was the only thing in my life that had ever made me just stop. Life ;Music, Chants & Rapps
Laughing is a medicine. It releases this amazing stuff.
Life happens, and I write about it wherever I am. Life
Love is never wrong. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
My belief is that cancer comes from inside you and so much of it has to do with the environment of your body. It's the stress that will turn that gene on or not.
My friends have always told me that rock stardom was wasted on me.
My kids and I love to listen to Bill Cosby. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
My ultimate joy and happiness is being a wife and mother. Happiness & Unhappiness
My wife works harder than anyone else with the children around the house. I make the money, sure, but she does everything else. Money, Coins & Minting
On the road, as a 'rock star,' there's superficial attention and adulation is thrown at you for a couple of hours - then you're alone in your room and it's lonely.
Once I overcame breast cancer, I wasn't afraid of anything anymore.
Our great Constitution challenges us to grow constantly.
Our society, where we are right now, our minds are junkyards. We watch TV and sit on the computer all day and barely have an original thought. Society
People ask me, 'Is being a parent the be-all, end-all?' And I say, 'Oh, it definitely is up to the person, and it is difficult, it can be very difficult, and it can be extremely healing.' That's what I have found, that the children are mirrors. Everyone is a mirror, but children especially because they're day and night and all day long.
Realizing I was gay was a long sort of waking up.
The songs are inspired by my experiences. Sometimes they are more than my real-life and, conversely, my life is more than just my songs. Life
The subject and the reality of having children came at the height of my career.
There are many plant medicines that are available to us that have a lot of stigma around them that I hope, in the future, our medical community can look at, because I would absolutely go to those alternatives first before I went back to Western medicine. Future ;Hope ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
There is no fear when you choose love. The more you choose love, the more love is in your life. It gets easier and easier. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
There will always be someone else with a different view than you. I appreciate them and would never say that they are wrong. I hope that they would give me that courtesy also. Hope
There's a point when your tape of life runs off the reel and there's this stillness of your own - I got to know myself. Life
There's been so many different types of musicals, and it's a funny genre because there's a fine line between clever and stupid. It really takes a genius to know how to do it. Humor
To be completely stripped bare of any image power or my hair. To step onstage and get the response that I got blew any problems I had about self-image out the door. Power
Video is a funny thing. It's one thing to be an artist, singer-songwriter, and use words and create pictures in people's minds. And then be asked to do video for it, to actually give a certain visual for your song. Humor
We all want to judge; it's an intrinsic part of our society and human nature. I'm not surprised that talent shows are hits, but I'm glad some of them aren't so brutal. Society ;Nature
Weight isn't a factor in nutritional health. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
What I do believe in is other worlds and spirits. There is some other power in control - levels of energy that perhaps we don't see. Power
What people don't get is that hair is such a big part of our identity.
When I grew up, there were no songs about gay people.
When you grow up in one town and your life revolves around it, you are very aware of any darkness on the edge of town. That's because it's scary and it's inviting. Life
When you realize that we're the spirit that's in our bodies and our bodies are like the vehicles that take us around, you realize that you have to take care of that body.
Your own personal health is your own personal choice, all the way down the line. Health, Healthcare & Medicine