May 29 – Happy Birthday, Melissa Etheridge

Posted May 29, 2015

Today we celebrate a talented rock singer-songwriter, Melissa Etheridge. Born on this date in 1961, in Kansas, her first album was an underground hit but made it all the way to #22 on the Billboard 200. She earned her first Grammy Award nomination for the lead single of that album – but it took her another half decade before she won her first Grammy award and had a mainstream breakthrough hit.

She has now earned 2 Grammys and 15 nominations! She has also won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Etheridge is famous for two other things, aside from her music: 

1. She is a breast cancer survivor, and she was brave enough to perform a tribute to Janis Joplin even though she was bald from chemotherapy! Another song writer praised her courage with a song called “I Am Not My Hair.” 

2. Also, Etheridge is also an activist for LGBT rights.

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