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American rock singer-songwriter Melissa Lou Etheridge was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, on May 29, 1961. When Etheridge was 21 years old, she moved to Los Angeles to try her luck in the music industry. Melissa Etheridge started off by playing some small gigs at local bars and The Candy Store on the Sunset Strip. A fan from her early days got her demo tape to Bill Leopold, founder of Leopold Management. Leopold was impressed by Etheridge and decided he would represent her on the spot. She continued performing in bars and small venues while Leopold had record execs come out to see her play. Melissa Etheridge was eventually offered a job with A&M Records as a staff songwriter. In 1986, she was offered a recording contract with Island Records.
Etheridge released her self-titled debut album, Melissa Etheridge, on May 2, 1988. Over the years that followed she would continue to record and release albums including: Brave and Crazy (1989), Never Enough (1992), Yes I Am (1993), Your Little Secret (1995), Breakdown (1999), Skin (2001), Lucky (2004), Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled (2005), and The Awakening (2007).
Out of the ten albums released by Melissa Etheridge, several have gone platinum, with three out of the ten going multi-platinum and two more going gold.
Etheridge is a famous gay rights activist as well as an advocate for environmental issues. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2004 and since her recovery she has taken back to the stage. Among her first performances since her recovery was at the 2005 Grammy Awards, where she performed a cover of Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart." Melissa Etheridge has performed at many festivals and benefit concerts and is a supporter of the charities Dream Foundation and Love Our Children USA.