Melissa Etheridge to release new CD, ‘The Medicine Show’

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.


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.

Melissa Etheridge The Medicine Show


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.

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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.”


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.


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.”

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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