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article imageMelissa Etheridge talks new 'This Is M.E.' album and tour Special

By Markos Papadatos     May 20, 2015 in Music
Grammy-winning rock star Melissa Etheridge chatted about her latest album "This Is M.E." and her upcoming show at The Paramount.
Regarding the song selection process for her new album, she said, "I usually spend a few months writing all of the songs and taking them to the studio afterwards. This album was more collaborative, and the songs were written in the studio. I had never done much of that, and I was a little skeptical, but it worked and it was so much fun. It has some of the most vibrant, rocking music I have made in a long time."
Etheridge listed the song "Monster" as her favorite tune from the new album to play live. "I am really enjoying it," she said.
Throughout her illustrious career in the music industry, Etheridge won two Grammy awards for "Best Female Rock Vocal Performance" for her hit singles "Come To My Window" and "Ain't It Heavy," and her song "I Need To Wake Up" from the feature film An Inconvenient Truth garnered an Academy Award for "Best Original Song." "I have been so blessed. Singing with Bruce Springsteen, and at the Grammys in 2005, and at Madison Square Garden in 1994 and singing again in 2001 after September 11, were all memorable moments," Etheridge said.
In particular at her September 11 memorial concert, it was an enthralling moment for her, especially since firefighters and police officers were singing the lyrics to "Come To My Window" back to her verbatim, at a time when her microphone would not work. "That really touched me. You never want anything to go wrong on stage, but it could have not turned out better. It was just a big love letter to me, when the audience, filled with firefighters and police officers, sang the song at the top of their lungs. That was a huge memory of mine," she said.
Another proud moment was doing the CMT Crossroads episode with country pioneer Dolly Parton. "That was so much fun. Dolly was amazing. We had so much fun. Her and I had a lot in common in the way we perform on stage," she said.
For Etheridge, a major difference exists when singing in the studio vs. performing live. "I am much better live," she said with a sweet laugh. "The studio is a springboard for playing live. That's what it is all about. When you see me live, the songs come alive and they live and they grow."
Speaking of playing live, Etheridge will be performing at The Paramount in Huntington on June 18. "I am looking forward to The Paramount very much. You can expect a lot of guitars on stage. My solo show is as intimate as you can get with me. It is still very rocking. I have gotten better as a musician. Nothing is pre-recorded. It is all live on stage, and it is really fun and it's one of my favorite things to do," she said.
Each day, Etheridge is motivated by "life and the gratitude for being able to be aware, awake and alive" in this reality. "I am very blessed to know that every day I have to ability to create and interpret and do the things that I love with the people that I love," she said.
On her plans for the future, she revealed that her fans can expect "more music and more love." "I have so many plans, and I am letting them go one by one," she said.
This summer, Etheridge will be sharing the stage with such Rock and Roll Hall of Famers as Blondie and Joan Jett. "I am so excited to do those shows this summer. That is going to be a blast," she said. "Joan Jett is amazing. She rocks."
Her dream duet choice list is quite lengthy, but she listed Steven Tyler from Aerosmith, Roger Daltrey of The Who, Adele and Miley Cyrus as her top choices; moreover, Etheridge complimented Ann and Nancy Wilson from the rock band Heart for being "awesome."
The key to longevity in the music business for Etheridge is "loving what you do."
In her spare time, Etheridge enjoys spending it with her children, as well as doing jigsaw puzzles. "If I have a few minutes, I will sit down and go a jigsaw puzzle in my jigsaw puzzle table," she said.
Etheridge defined the word success as "Waking up and doing what I love every day."
Fans of Etheridge can pre-order her Live DVD A Little Bit of Me: Live in L.A, which will be out on June 9, by clicking here.
For more information on rock queen Melissa Etheridge and her upcoming tour dates, check out her official website.
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