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Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Lou Etheridge (born May 29, 1961) is an American rock singer-songwriter and activist. Etheridge is known for her mixture of confessional lyrics, pop-based folk-rock, and raspy, smoky vocals. She has also been an iconic gay and lesbian activist since her public coming out in January 1993. Born in Leavenworth, Kansas, the younger of two girls, to John Etheridge, a psychology teacher at Leavenworth High School, and Elizabeth Williamson, a computer consultant. She attended David Brewer School, which is still located at 17th and Osage Streets. She graduated in 1979 from Leavenworth High School (LHS), 10th Avenue and Halderman. Etheridge was a member of the first "Power and Life" musical/dance group at LHS. Her childhood home was at 1902 Miami Street. Etheridge's interest in music began early; she picked up her first guitar at 8. She began to play in all-men country music groups throughout her teenage years, until she moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. While in Berklee, Etheridge played the club circuit around Boston. After three semesters, Etheridge decided to drop out of Berklee and head to Los Angeles to attempt a career in music. Etheridge was discovered in a

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Melissa Etheridge Defeats Ex -- Kids CAN Go on Tour ... Boobs & Weed for Everyone!

Melissa Etheridge Defeats Ex
Kids Can Go On Tour Boobs & Weed for Everyone!

Melissa Etheridge's twins are free to hang with as many breast-baring, weed-smoking groupies as their 6-year-old hearts desire -- a judge just gave Melissa the thumbs-up to take her kids on… READ MORE >

Melissa Etheridge's Ex Tammy Lynn Michaels -- No Boobs and No Pot for Our Kids

Melissa Etheridge's Ex
No Boobs and No Weed When Our Kids Go on Tour

Melissa Etheridge's ex GF doesn't want their kids going on tour, living the rock 'n roll lifestyle -- specifically exposure to topless groupies and marijuana ... according to court documents.Tammy… READ MORE >

- 407 days ago
Melissa Etheridge to Tammy Lynn: The Settlement Sticks, Baby!

Melissa to Tammy Lynn
The Settlement Sticks, Baby!

Melissa Etheridge just scored a legal victory against her former domestic partner Tammy Lynn Michaels, who was trying to get their settlement tossed out the window.The judge in the legal war has… READ MORE >

- 596 days ago
Melissa Etheridge/Tammy Lynn Michaels Settlement Agreement

Melissa Etheridge/Tammy Lynn
I Write the Songs ... You Get a Cut

We've just obtained the settlement agreement between former domestic partners Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels, and get this ... Tammy has a piece of Melissa's music.Under the agreement,… READ MORE >

- 809 days ago
Melissa Etheridge Domestic Partnership War -- SETTLED

Melissa Etheridge Domestic Partnership War
SETTLED!!!!

Melissa Etheridge has FINALLY settled her 2 year war with domestic partner Tammy Lynn Michaels ... TMZ has learned.The former couple hashed out an agreement last night as part of court-ordered… READ MORE >

- 823 days ago
Melissa Etheridge -- Tammy Burned Our Kid with a Cigarette

Melissa Etheridge
Tammy Burned Our Kid With a Cigarette

Melissa Etheridge has just filed legal docs, claiming her former domestic partner, Tammy Lynn Michaels, accidentally burned one of their kids with a cigarette.Melissa, who is in an epic battle… READ MORE >

- 865 days ago
Melissa Etheridge's Ex-GF -- I Can't Live on $23,000 a Month!

Melissa Etheridge's Ex-GF
I Can't Live on $23,000 a Month!

Melissa Etheridge's ex-GF Tammy Lynn Michaels claims she's barely scraping by on the $23,000 a month Melissa currently pays her in partner and child support -- and now, she wants a massive raise… READ MORE >

- 866 days ago
Melissa Etheridge & Ex-GF -- We Hide Our HATRED for the Sake of the Kids

Melissa Etheridge
We Hide Our HATRED ... for the Sake of the Kids

Melissa Etheridge reunited with her ex-GF Tammy Lynn Michaels for a mommy & mommy meal with their 5-year-old twins this week ... but afterward, Tammy let the world know they still DESPISE each… READ MORE >

- 946 days ago
Melissa Etheridge Fighting Ex Lover Over EVERYTHING

Melissa Etheridge
Fighting Ex Lover Over EVERYTHING

If Melissa Etheridge says tomato, Tammy Lynn Michaels says tomato -- well, this probably has more impact when you say it ... but the two former lovebirds are about to engage in a lesbian battle… READ MORE >

- 1065 days ago
Melissa Etheridge's Post-Breakup Outing

Melissa Etheridge's Post-Breakup Outing

For the first time since filing legal documents to end her domestic partnership with Tammy Lynn Michaels two weeks ago, Melissa Etheridge emerged in Manhattan on Friday.Earlier this week, an L.A.… READ MORE >

- 1498 days ago

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