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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's Ex Shut Down In Court

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Melissa Etheridge's ex, Tammy Lynn Michaels, doesn't need $25,000 immediately since Melissa is footing the bills ... this according to an L.A. County Superior Court judge.Tammy's lawyer wanted the… READ MORE >

Tammy: Melissa Left Me With $4 To My Name

Tammy: Melissa Left Me With $4 To My Name

Melissa Etheridge has left Tammy Lynn Michaels and the two children they have together high and dry ... this according to Tammy’s lawyer Steven Knowles. But Melissa says Tammy is delusional.… READ MORE >

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Melissa Etheridge's former domestic partner, Tammy Lynn Michaels, has filed legal docs asking for full custody of their twin children.TMZ broke the story ... Melissa filed for dissolution of their… READ MORE >

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Melissa Etheridge's Ex 'Blindsided' by Breakup

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The world found out on Friday about Melissa Etheridge filing papers to end her domestic partnership with Tammy Lynn Michaels by reading it here on TMZ -- and apparently so did Tammy Lynn. Tammy… READ MORE >

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Melissa Etheridge Files to End Relationship

Melissa Etheridge
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Savage Goes
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CAA Inks Etheridge-Hating Savage

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Hollywood powerhouse talent pimps, Creative Artists Agency, has signed nationally syndicated homophobic radio host Michael Savage for representation in all areas. Savage, whose real name is… READ MORE >

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