Melissa Etheridge will release her 18th CD, “The Medicine Show,” April 12.
The pop-rock singer-songwriter announced the release date earlier this week on her Twitter account.
Etheridge, who publicly came out as a lesbian in 1993, will tour four cities in April to promote the CD: New York City; West Wendover, Nevada; Catoosa, Oklahoma; and New Orleans. More dates are expected to be announced.
‘THE MEDICINE SHOW’
Last year, Etheridge told Saratoga Living that “The Medicine Show” would reflect the times.
“It’s an album that’s definitely been influenced by our times, but it’s not full of protests or anything like that,” Etheridge said. “It’s full of experience. It’s full of what we’re going through as a people right now, and even personal experiences.”
Etheridge made headlines earlier this month when she sang the national anthem at AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.
NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE
Etheridge was born and raised in Leavenworth, Kansas, and moved to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music. She relocated to Southern California in the 1980s and lived in Long Beach for a while.
During that time, Etheridge sang at the lesbian bar Que Sera and the queer club Executive Suite.
Etheridge came out publicly as lesbian in January 1993 at the Triangle Ball, an LGBTQ celebration of President Bill Clinton‘s first inauguration. Later that year, Etheridge’s third album proclaimed “Yes I Am.” The CD eventually sold 6 million copies.
Etheridge has had numerous smash singles that spotlight her anthemic and confessional pop-rock style, including “Ain’t It Heavy,” “Come to My Window,” “I’m the Only One.”
GRAMMY, OSCAR WINNER
Etheridge has been 15 Grammy nominated 15 times and won twice, in 1993 and 1995. In 2007, Etheridge won an Oscar for Best Original Song for “I Need to Wake Up” from the documentary feature film “An Inconvenient Truth.”
Etheridge received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 2011.
MOTHER OF TWINS
Etheridge is the mother of 12-year-old twins Johnnie Rose, a daughter, and Miller Steven, a son, from a previous relationship with actress Tammy Lynn Michaels.
Etheridge married TV producer Linda Wallem (“Nurse Jackie”) on May 31, 2014.
Etheridge is on the road for the 25th anniversary tour of “Yes I Am.”