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May 29, 1961
Artistfacts for Melissa Etheridge
Melissa is openly gay. Starting in 2001, she was in a relationship with Tammy Lynn Michaels, an actress who appeared on the television show Popular. Michaels gave birth to twins in 2006. The couple split up in 2010.
Etheridge was signed by Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records. He also signed U2 and Bob Marley.
She has defended Eminem and appreciates him as an artist, despite his antigay comments. She has also claimed to be a Britney Spears fan.
She has two children with ex-partner, Julie Cypher, and they were both fathered by David Crosby. Cypher was married to actor Lou Diamond Phillips before leaving him for Etheridge.
She got her first guitar at 8 years old and was performing in bands by the time she was twelve.
Melissa attended the Berklee College of Music.
Her first recorded songs appear on the soundtrack to the film Weeds.
She helped a male fan propose by addressing his girlfriend at a concert and saying, "Your boyfriend's got a ring with him and wants to know if you'll marry him." The answer was "yes."
She has established a scholarship for performing arts at her Leavenworth, Kansas high school.
One of the first artists to sell tickets through VH1. She made $1.8 million by selling 40,000 tickets in two-and-a-half hours.