On This Day

Melissa Etheridge

Singer-Songwriter Melissa Etheridge

Profession: Singer-Songwriter

United States of America

Why Famous: Melissa Etheridge is know for the rasy style of her singing. Her confessional rock n roll pop-influenced style has often been compared to Janis Joplin or Bruce Springsteen.

Etheridge released her debut self-titled album "Melissa Etheridge" in 1988 and went on to be nominated for a Grammy for the single "Bring Me Some Water". In 1993 she won her first Grammy for the single "Ain't it Heavy" before achieving mainstream success with her fourth album "Yes I Am".

Etheridge publicly came out as lesbian in 1993 after much speculation. In 2004 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She memorably performed on stage at the 2015 Grammys bald while undergoing chemotherapy in a tribute to Janis Joplin.

Born: May 29, 1961
Birthplace: Leavenworth, Kansas, USA
Age: 60 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Gemini

Married Life

  • 2014-05-31 American rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge (53) weds American TV actress Linda Wallem (53) at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California

Historical Events

  • 1993-09-21 Melissa Etheridge releases her break-through second album "Yes I Am", featuring the single "I'm the Only One"