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Melissa Etheridge: Fighter of the Life

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Melissa Etheridge is an American rock singer. She was born in Leavenworth, KS on May 29th, 1961. She started her musical career in 1987 when she signed to Island Records. Since that year Melissa has released 9 records; 3 of those records have achieved multi platinum status (Melissa Etheridge in 1988, Yes I Am in 1993 and Your Little Secret in 1996). Other two discs were platinum and two more gold statuses. In 1992 and 1994 she won the Grammy Award for the category Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the songs “Ain’t It Heavy” and “Come to My Window”.

Etheridge says that she is the number one fan of Bruce Springsteen and actually she had sung some of their songs in live shows. Despite her limited acting knowledge some TV producers are interested in introducing her in a sitcom where she would be the star. The show will be about a lesbian (interpreted by Melissa) who lives with a heterosexual male friend.

By 2004 doctors diagnosed her with breast cancer, but they also hope her recovery with the help of the chemotherapy. The next year she got back to the stage on the Grammy Awards and she sung a song dedicated as tribute to Janis Joplin. The same year (2005) Etheridge participated in the ReAct Now: Music & Relief, which was a telethon with the purpose of raising funds to help the people damaged by the Hurricane Katrina and also for the Salvation Army, the Red Cross and the America’s Second Harvest.

Melissa is not recognized by her music only, she is also known as a gay rights activist after her divorce with Julie Cypher who after being several time with Melissa decided to reconsider his sexuality preferences. After this (on 2001) Etheridge included this in her biography entitled “The Truth Is…My Life in Love and music”.

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