Melissa Etheridge has a net worth of $25 million as an American rock singer-songwriter and activist. Melissa Etheridge is a singer-songwriter, musician, and outspoken LGBT campaigner who rose to prominence after releasing her self-titled debut album in 1988. “Bring Me Some Water,” “Ain’t It Heavy,” “I’m the Only One,” and “Come to My Window” are among her successful tracks. Over the course of her career, Etheridge has received multiple Grammy Award nominations and has won an Academy Award for her song “I Need to Wake Up,” which was featured in the 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”
Melissa Etheridge Early Life And Career
Melissa Etheridge was born in Leavenworth, Kansas on May 29, 1961, to Elizabeth, a computer consultant, and John, a high school teacher. She began taking guitar lessons at the age of eight, demonstrating an early interest in music. Etheridge was a member of local country music bands as a teenager. She attended Leavenworth High School before going to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she spent her time performing in clubs. After three semesters at Berklee, Etheridge decided to quit to pursue her music career in Los Angeles.
Etheridge got her big break in Pasadena, California, when she performed at Vermie’s bar. She was discovered by soccer player Karla Leopold and introduced to Leopold’s husband, Bill, a music manager. Etheridge was quickly found by Island Records head Chris Blackwell thanks to this link and her performances in lesbian clubs in LA. She then obtained a deal with a publishing house to write songs for films, notably the drama “Weeds.”
Melissa Etheridge’s “I Need to Wake Up”
Etheridge penned the original song “I Need to Wake Up” for the 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” which focused on the effects of climate change and featured Al Gore. The song ultimately took the Oscar for Best Original Song, earning Etheridge a nomination for the prestigious award.
Melissa Etheridge Personal Life & Health Issues
At the Triangle Ball celebration of Bill Clinton‘s first presidential inauguration in 1993, Etheridge revealed her public coming out as a lesbian. Her first long-term relationship was with filmmaker Julie Cypher, with whom she was in a long-term relationship from 1990 to 2000. Cypher gave birth to Bailey and Beckett through artificial insemination throughout their relationship. Beckett later died from the symptoms of opioid addiction at the age of 21. In 2002, Etheridge started dating actress Tammy Lynn Michaels; they wed in 2003 and conceived fraternal twins named Johnnie and Miller from an unidentified sperm donor. In 2012, the couple divorced. Etheridge married actress and writer Linda Wallem two years later, and they share the same birthday.
In 2004, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time. After surgery and chemotherapy, she returned to the stage at the Grammy Awards in 2005 to perform a cover of Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.” Later that year, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Etheridge appeared on “Dateline NBC.”
Melissa Etheridge Real Estate
Melissa purchased a home in Hidden Hills, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, for $5 million in 2008. The 7,000 square-foot property is now estimated to be worth $7-9 million.