Melissa Etheridge Obituary

Melissa Etheridge, the beloved singer-songwriter and rock icon has died.

Born on May 29, 1961, in Leavenworth, Kansas, Etheridge began her career in music in the 1980s, performing at clubs and coffeehouses in Southern California. She released her debut album, “Melissa Etheridge,” in 1988, which included the hit singles “Bring Me Some Water” and “Like the Way I Do.” The album catapulted her to stardom and earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

Etheridge continued to release a string of critically acclaimed albums throughout her career, including “Yes I Am” in 1993, which featured the hit singles “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One.” She won two Grammy Awards for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, and in 2007, she was inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame.

Beyond her music, Etheridge was also an advocate for social justice and an icon in the LGBTQ+ community. She came out as a lesbian in 1993, and her openness about her sexuality helped to raise awareness and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community.

Throughout her career, Etheridge remained true to herself and her music, and her contributions to the world of rock and roll will continue to inspire generations to come. She leaves behind a legacy of powerful music, unwavering courage, and unapologetic authenticity that will never be forgotten.

Fans and colleagues alike have expressed their sorrow at Etheridge’s passing. Singer-songwriter and longtime friend Sheryl Crow wrote on social media, “Melissa Etheridge was one of the greatest rockers of our time, a true trailblazer and a kind soul. I will miss her voice, her spirit, and her friendship.”

Etheridge’s wife, Linda Wallem, also paid tribute to her on social media, writing, “My heart is broken. Melissa was my soulmate, my partner, and my love. She was a fierce fighter and a beautiful artist, and I will miss her every day.”

Etheridge’s music and legacy will live on forever, and her impact on the world of rock and roll and the LGBTQ+ community will continue to inspire and empower others for years to come.