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Melissa Etheridge

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.
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Comments: 5

I just carnt say enought about melissa the woman is amazing,got to love all her songs.

kazza (aussie)
Karen - Newcastle, Australia
yeah, melissa etheridge is awesome, and my mom loved her songs so much that i am stuck with the same name!Mellissa - Wasaga Beach, Canada
Melissa 'married' Tammy Lynn Michaels!Babs - London, England
anyone who thinks melissa ethridge was wrong about anything she ever did in her life is a nutcase who deserves a punch in the nose. she is a talented wonderful life giving soul and i love her.Carin - Rotterdam Junction, Ny
Totally understand the lyrics. Been there and done that only in reverse.Just - Jacksonville, Fl