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Melissa Lou Etheridge was born on the 29th May 1961, in Leavenworth, Kansas USA, and is a rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, probably most famous for her hit singles “Bring Me Some Water”, “Ain’t It Heavy” and “Come to My Window” which have brought her two Grammy Awards.

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this rock star has accumulated so far? How rich Melissa Etheridge is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total amount of Melissa Etheridge’s net worth, as of late 2016, is $25 million, acquired through her music career which has been active since 1985.

Melissa Etheridge Net Worth 25 million

Melissa Etheridge is the second of two daughters to Elizabeth and John Etheridge, a computer consultant and a high school teacher. After attending David Brewer School, she enrolled at Leavenworth High School from which she matriculated in 1979. During her high school days, Melissa was a member of school’s first “Power and Life” musical ensemble; her interest in music, dating from her childhood age when she started playing guitar, led Melissa to perform with various country music bands during her teenage years. In order to pursue her passion, Melissa Etheridge moved to Boston where she enrolled at Berklee College of Music. Although she left college after three semesters, it didn’t stop her from making a successful career in music.

After leaving Berklee, Melissa moved to Los Angeles, California where she started circuiting at lesbian clubs and bars. During one of these gigs, Melissa “caught the ear and the eye” of music manager Bill Leopold, and Bill’s connections and Melissa’s talents led her to her first publishing deal with Island Records – writing the songs for 1987 John D. Hancock’s drama “Weeds”. Her net worth was established.

In 1988, Melissa Etheridge’s self-titled debut album hit the charts, becoming an instant hit while single “Bring Me Some Water” was honored with a Grammy Award nomination. This was followed by her second studio album “Brave and Crazy”, released in 1989, which rose to 22nd on the Billboard charts and was also nominated for a Grammy.

Melissa’s third album was released in 1992, named “Never Enough”, featuring the hit single “Ain’t It Heavy” which brought Melissa her first Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance. It is certain that all these achievements have helped Melissa Etheridge to successfully build her music career as well as to provide the basis for her net worth.

The real breakthrough in Melissa’s music career occurred just a year later in 1993, when she released “Yes I Am”; the album was a huge commercial hit with 138 weeks spent on the Billboard 200, and was rated platinum. The single “Come to My Window” brought Melissa her second Grammy Award. The rapid rise of Melissa’s popularity resulted in massive sales of her previous albums, dramatically increasing her overall net worth.

The next several years were quite dynamic and turbulent for Melissa. She released several studio albums, of which most notable certainly are “Skin”(2001) and “Lucky”(2004), both rewarded with Grammy nominations. Although the professional aspects were quite good, her health was endangered, as in 2004 she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

However, she did not give up, and at the 2005 Grammy Awards she returned at the stage, emboldened from chemotherapy, and performed Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart”. Later that year, her first compilation album hit the charts, named “Greatest Hits: The Road Less Travelled”, and rated gold soon after release. Melissa’s “I Need to Wake Up”, a song from the soundtrack of Davis Guggenheim’s 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”, was rewarded with an Academy Awards Oscar for best original song. Doubtlessly, all these accomplishments have massively increased Melissa Etheridge’s net worth in total.

Melissa Etheridge’s most recent album – “Memphis Rock And Soul” – hit the charts on 7th October 2016.

When it comes to her personal life, Melissa Etheridge was in a long-time relationship with Julie Cypher with whom she has two children, fathered by David Crosby as a sperm donor. However, the partnership ended in 2001. In 2002 Melissa Etheridge began a romance with actress Tammy Lynn. Prior to separating in 2010, Tammy bore twins, fathered by a still anonymous sperm donor. In 2013, Melissa began dating Linda Wallen and in 2014 they married.


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru 2016 Documentary performer: "Fearless Love" / writer: "Fearless Love"
Dolezal Backstage 2015 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Voice 2015 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Great Performances TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
After Lately TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2013 music - 1 episode, 2013 performer - 1 episode, 2013
Parenthood TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
Chelsea Lately 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Glee 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Parks and Recreation TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
So You Think You Can Dance 2005-2010 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
American Idol 2002-2010 TV Series writer - 6 episodes
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Cold Case 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Idool 2007 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2007 TV Special performer: "I Need to Wake Up" / writer: "I Need to Wake Up"
Deutschland sucht den Superstar 2003-2007 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Brother Bear 2 2006 Video performer: "Welcome To This Day", "Feels Like Home", "It Will Be Me", "Welcome To This Day Reprise" / writer: "Welcome To This Day", "It Will Be Me", "Welcome To This Day Reprise"
CMT Greatest Moments: Dolly Parton 2006 TV Movie documentary performer: "Jolene"
Canadian Idol 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
An Inconvenient Truth 2006 Documentary music: "I Need to Wake Up" / performer: "I Need to Wake Up" / producer: "I Need to Wake Up"
Idols! 2004-2005 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The 47th Annual Grammy Awards 2005 TV Special performer: "Piece of My Heart"
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2002 - 2004 writer - 1 episode, 2004
CMT Crossroads TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Idool 2003 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Last Party 2000 2001 Documentary performer: "Truth of the Heart" - uncredited / writer: "Truth of the Heart" - uncredited
Night Visions TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
Charmed 1999 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Devil's Own 1997 performer: "This War Is Over" / writer: "This War Is Over"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Money Train 1995 performer: "Dance Without Sleeping" / writer: "Dance Without Sleeping"
Boys on the Side 1995 performer: "I Take You With Me" / writer: "I Take You With Me"
Teresa's Tattoo 1994 performer: "2001", "I Really Must Be Going", "All American Girl", "Do It For The Rush" / writer: "2001", "I Really Must Be Going", "All American Girl", "Do It For The Rush", "Save Myself"
Where the Day Takes You 1991 performer: "PRECIOUS PAIN", "OCCASIONALLY", "ROYAL STATION 4/16", "YOU CAN SLEEP WHILE I DRIVE", "TESTIFY" / producer: "PRECIOUS PAIN", "OCCASIONALLY", "ROYAL STATION 4/16", "YOU CAN SLEEP WHILE I DRIVE", "TESTIFY" / writer: "PRECIOUS PAIN", "OCCASIONALLY", "ROYAL STATION 4/16", "YOU CAN SLEEP WHILE I DRIVE", "TESTIFY"
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael 1990 performer: "Don't Look At Me", "In Roxy's Eyes I Will Never Be The Same" / writer: "Don't Look At Me", "In Roxy's Eyes I Will Never Be The Same"
Scenes from the Goldmine 1987 writer: "Lonely Dancer"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
David v. Goliath: Kucinich Campaign Update 2008 Video short
King of the Hill 2004 TV Series Topaz / Singing Hippie
Frasier 2001 TV Series Cleo
The Sissy Duckling 1999 TV Movie Elmer's mama (voice)
Jackie's Back! 1999 TV Movie Melissa Etheridge
Saturday Night Special 1996 TV Series
Teresa's Tattoo 1994 Hooker
Arduous Moon 1990 Short
Scenes from the Goldmine 1987 Shop Clerk

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unstoppable 2015 Documentary music by
It Was a Wonderful Life 1993 Documentary
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael 1990
Weeds 1987

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
It Was a Wonderful Life 1993 Documentary musician: piano and guitar

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Act Up! 2012 Documentary herself

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Janis: Little Girl Blue 2015 Documentary special thanks
Renegade Live @ the House of Blues 2009 Video documentary special thanks
Last Party 2000 2001 Documentary special thanks
But I'm a Cheerleader 1999 thanks: Island/Polygram Records & WF Leopold Management

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Big Interview with Dan Rather 2013 TV Series Herself
The 38th Annual Gracie Awards 2013 TV Special Herself
After Lately 2013 TV Series Herself
The Wendy Williams Show 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
Chelsea Lately 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2012 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live 2012 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest / Herself
Piers Morgan Tonight 2012 TV Series Herself
Watch What Happens: Live 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
CBS This Morning 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Love We Make 2011 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2003-2011 TV Series Herself
31st Annual Genie Awards 2011 TV Special Herself - Musical Guest
Cupcake Wars 2010 TV Series Herself
Marijuana: A Chronic History 2010 TV Movie Herself
1 a Minute 2010 Documentary Singer Song Writer / Breast Cancer Survivor
America: The Story of Us 2010 TV Series documentary Herself
Dancing with the Stars 2010 TV Series Herself - Performer
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992-2010 TV Series Herself / Herself - Musical Guest
Dow Live Earth Run for Water 2010 TV Special Herself
Real World 2010 TV Series Herself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2009 TV Special Herself
2009 American Music Awards 2009 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Melissa Etheridge: A New Thought for Christmas 2009 Video Herself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Message of Love 2009 Video Herself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Sweet Emotion 2009 Video Herself
Breast Cancer: The Path of Wellness & Healing 2009 Documentary Herself
VH1 Divas Live 2009 2009 TV Movie Herself
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List 2009 TV Series Herself
The 10th Annual 'A Home for the Holidays' with Faith Hill 2008 TV Movie Herself
The Bonnie Hunt Show 2008 TV Series Herself
Stand Up to Cancer 2008 TV Movie Herself
Melissa Etheridge: The Awakening Live 2008 TV Special
My Night at the Grammys 2007 TV Movie Herself
The Tyra Banks Show 2007 TV Series Herself
Wetten, dass..? 2007 TV Series Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 1993-2007 TV Series Herself / Herself - Musical Guest / Herself - Guest
E! True Hollywood Story 2004-2007 TV Series documentary Herself
The Visible Vote '08- A Presidential Forum 2007 TV Movie Herself
Live Earth 2007 TV Special documentary Herself
Live Earth: The Concerts for a Climate Crisis 2007 TV Special Herself
Star Movies: Live from the Red Carpet 2007 TV Movie Herself
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2007 TV Series Herself
The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2007 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Original Song
The 12th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2007 TV Special Herself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards 2006 TV Special Herself
Celebrity Weddings: In Style 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2005 TV Special Herself - Performer
MTV & Logo Present 'The Out 100' 2005 TV Movie Herself
Queer Edge with Jack E. Jett 2005 TV Series Herself
The 2005 World Music Awards 2005 TV Special Herself - Presenter
React Now: Music & Relief 2005 TV Movie Herself
Sesame Street: All-Star Alphabet 2005 Video Herself
The 47th Annual Grammy Awards 2005 TV Special Herself - Performer of Janis Joplin Memorial
The Daily Show 2004 TV Series Herself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2004 TV Series Herself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2004 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn 2002-2004 TV Series Herself
CMT Crossroads 2003 TV Series Herself - Performer
You Rock with... 2003 TV Series Herself
Totally Gay! 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself
I Love the '80s 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
Melissa Etheridge: Live... and Alone 2002 Documentary Herself
Inside Fame 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Tom Hanks 2002 TV Special Herself
Essence Awards 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
Hollywood Squares 2002 TV Series Herself
The 44th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 TV Special Herself
Melissa Etheridge: RockWalk Induction 2002 Video documentary short Herself
The 29th Annual American Music Awards 2002 TV Special Herself - Presenter
VH1: All Access 2001 TV Series Herself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1999-2001 TV Series Herself
Last Party 2000 2001 Documentary Herself
The Concert for New York City 2001 TV Special documentary Performer
The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards 2001 TV Special Herself
The 28th Annual American Music Awards 2001 TV Special Herself
Big Sound 2001 TV Series Herself
Women Rock! Girls and Guitars 2000 TV Movie Herself
Equality Rocks 2000 TV Movie Herself - Host
My Generation 2000 Documentary Herself
Arista Records' 25th Anniversary Celebration 2000 TV Special documentary Herself
1999 ALMA Awards 1999 TV Special Herself
The Panel 1999 TV Series Herself
Beyond Chance 1999 TV Series Host
100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll 1999 TV Movie documentary Herself - Commentator
After Stonewall 1999 Documentary Herself - Narrator (voice)
Intimate Portrait 1999 TV Series documentary Herself
The X-Files Movie Special 1998 TV Special documentary Herself
Hard Rock Live 1997 TV Series
Ellen 1997 TV Series Herself
Dennis Miller Live 1996 TV Series Herself
Woodstock '94 1995 Video documentary Herself
Later... With Jools Holland 1995 TV Series Herself
The Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1995 TV Special documentary Herself
In a New Light: Sex Unplugged 1995 TV Movie Herself
Live at the Joint 1995 TV Special Herself
Elvis: The Tribute 1994 TV Movie documentary Herself - Performer
The 1994 Billboard Music Awards 1994 TV Special Herself
MTV Video Music Awards 1994 1994 TV Special Herself
VH1 Honors 1994 TV Special Herself
The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1994 TV Special Herself - Presenter
R.A.D.D.: Drive My Car 1994 TV Short Herself - Musician
The 21st Annual American Music Awards 1994 TV Special Herself
For Our Children: The Concert 1993 TV Movie documentary Herself
Out There 1993 TV Special Herself
Camp Christmas 1993 TV Movie Herself - Host
The 35th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 TV Special Herself
An American Reunion: The People's Inaugural Celebration 1993 TV Movie Herself
In a New Light: A Call to Action in the War Against AIDS 1992 TV Movie documentary Herself
Hangin' w/MTV 1992 TV Series Herself
The 34th Annual Grammy Awards 1992 TV Special Herself
Grammy Legends 1990 TV Special Herself
The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards 1990 TV Special Herself
¡1990! 1990 TV Movie Herself - Performer
Late Night with David Letterman 1988-1989 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989 TV Series Herself
The 31st Annual Grammy Awards 1989 TV Special Herself
Late Night with David Letterman: 7th Anniversary Special 1989 TV Movie Herself
For Which WE Stand (One Queer Music Nation in the Visible) Documentary Herself
Out Here in Kansas 2016 Documentary short completed Herself
The 2015 CLIO Awards 2016 TV Special post-production
Live with Kelly and Michael 1995-2016 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest / Herself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2016 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Today 2016 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Traveling the Stars: Action Bronson and Friends Watch Ancient Aliens 2016 TV Mini-Series Herself
American Masters 2016 TV Series documentary Herself
Hollywood Game Night 2016 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Player
Janis: Little Girl Blue 2015 Documentary Herself
You Can Thrive! 2015 TV Series Herself
Melissa Etheridge This Is M.E Live in LA 2015 TV Movie Herself
Who Do You Think You Are? 2015 TV Series documentary Herself
Cancer, it's in the System 2015 Documentary Herself
Tavis Smiley 2010-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Performer / Herself
Larry King Now 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight 2007-2014 TV Series Herself / Herself - Musical Guest
The Queen Latifah Show 2014 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Huckabee 2014 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
The Meredith Vieira Show 2014 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
The View 2008-2014 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest / Herself - Guest Co-Host / Herself
Good Morning America 2014 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Great Performances 2014 TV Series Herself - Singer
In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul 2014 TV Movie Herself
Legalize It 2014 Documentary Herself
Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014 2013 TV Movie Herself - Performer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2014-2016 TV Series Herself
Dolezal Backstage 2015 TV Series documentary Herself
Extra 2014-2015 TV Series Herself
The Big Interview with Dan Rather 2014 TV Series Herself
Convention 2009 Documentary Herself
I Love the New Millennium 2008 TV Mini-Series Herself
Hillary! Uncensored: Banned by the Media 2008 Video documentary Herself
CMT Greatest Moments: Dolly Parton 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
CMT Crossroads 2006 TV Series Herself
Sex 'n' Pop 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien: 10th Anniversary Special 2003 TV Special Herself
101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself - #98 Melissa Etheridge Delivers Baby Shocker
Eminem: Behind the Mask 2001 Video documentary Herself
Sesame Street 1998 TV Series Herself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994 TV Series Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording Awarded on September 27, 2011 at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard
2007 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
2006 Stephen F. Kolzak Award GLAAD Media Awards
1999 Stephen F. Kolzak Award GLAAD Media Awards · Julie Cypher

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Song An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
2007 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Original Song An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
2007 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
2007 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Original Song An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
2007 World Soundtrack Award World Soundtrack Awards Best Original Song Written for Film An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
2005 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Rock Vocal Solo Performance For the song "Breathe."


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#Fact
1 Grew up in southern Arkansas.
2 Became interested in music when she picked up her first guitar at age 8.
3 Attended and graduated from Leavenworth High School in Leavenworth, Kansas.
4 Received an honorary degree (Doctor of Music) from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts on May 13, 2006.
5 Used her pool to teach her friend, Brad Pitt, how to fly-fish, for his role as Paul Maclean in A River Runs Through It (1992).
6 She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 27, 2011.
7 Formally ended her nearly nine-year relationship with Tammy Lynn Michaels. She filed for "Dissolution of Domestic Partnership" at LA County Superior Court and cited irreconcilable differences as the cause of their separation. She also asked that the court offer Michaels no financial support. [July 2010]
8 Thanked by Paula Cole in the liner notes of her album "This Fire" (1996).
9 Won two Grammy Awards for "Best Female Rock Performance" in 1992 and 1994.
10 Although being famous for her smoky voice, she has never smoked and does not like whiskey.
11 Her father, John Etheridge, a high school teacher, died from cancer in 1992.
12 Gay rights and environmental activist.
13 Her former partner Tammy Lynn Michaels gave birth to a girl, Johnnie Rose, and a boy, Miller Steven, on October 17, 2006.
14 In 2006, she announced that her then long-time partner Tammy Lynn Michaels was pregnant and expecting twins.
15 In late 2005, she announced that she is cancer-free and that she and then partner Tammy Lynn Michaels were planning to have a child.
16 Made headlines when she gave a noteworthy performance at the 2005 Grammy Awards for the first time since being diagnosed with cancer; showing up bald from her chemotherapy treatments.
17 Was diagnosed with breast cancer. [October 2004]
18 She and her former girlfriend Tammy Lynn Michaels considered themselves as married since they exchanged vows in a secret ceremony in September 2003. Their marriage was not legally confirmed, because gay weddings are not legally binding in their then home state of California.
19 Sang at Brad Pitt's and Jennifer Aniston's wedding
20 Ex-lover Julie Cypher left Lou Diamond Phillips to be with her.
21 Ranked #49 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
22 A close friend of Brad Pitt, two of his former girlfriends and his ex-wife appeared in her music videos: Juliette Lewis in "Come to My Window", Gwyneth Paltrow in "I Want to Come Over", and Jennifer Aniston in "I Want to Be in Love".
23 On September 19, 2000, she announced she that is separating from long-time partner Julie Cypher.
24 Publicly revealed that David Crosby is the biological father of her two children with partner Julie Cypher, who gave birth to their children conceived through artificial insemination. [January 2000]
25 Close friends with Brad Pitt.
26 Is a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen and the Dave Matthews Band.
27 Her former partner Julie Cypher gave birth to two children, Bailey Jean (born 1997) and Beckett (born November 1998), which were adopted by Melissa.

#Quote
1 [her advice to young musicians] You have to do it because you love it, and then love it enough to be smart about what you do. See where it takes you, but know there is no destination. There is no place where you say, "I did it". So even if you don't think you are succeeding, you are doing exactly as you are supposed to do, and learning what you are supposed to learn, because it is all about the journey.
2 It's super important to be in the union because we are in a business where people would do what we do for free. We have rights and benefits because of the union. We went from wandering minstrels to a legitimate business in about a hundred years.
3 [observation, 2014] I developed a rhythmic way of playing that was very percussive and striving, and I really took a lot from Richie Havens, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, and all those sorts of guitar players. It wasn't until recently, the last ten years, that I started branching out and playing more lead.
4 I'm proud that I can stand up and say that every choice I have made I have made with the best intentions and that I've done my best. And that's just about the most you can say as you go along in life. By God, just do your best.
5 I love playing with a symphony and along the line of doing new challenging things. It's fun to have three or four people make music together, but when you get seventy-five people concentrating on one piece of music, that's a whole lot of energy streaming into the musical blanket we are weaving. It's gorgeous, it's amazing. With my band, if I make a mistake, I can just correct it in the next measure, but when you are playing with a symphony and you make a mistake, seventy-five of you are going down.
6 [on life after chemotherapy] It's a daily chore, but I've learned how to do it. It gets easier every day. You need to believe that fear is a perception, is a choice, that anything you fear will draw you to it and you will have to go through that eye of a needle some day. Might as well do it now because it will only get bigger and harder if you don't. Once you do, you get on the other side and you're like "Well, that wasn't so hard. That didn't hurt that bad.".
7 [on 2/25/07, speaking to the media at The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) on her win for Best Song, "I Need to Wake Up" for the documentary An Inconvenient Truth (2006)] This is the only naked man that will ever be in my bedroom.
8 [2000, on right-wing radio host Laura Schlessinger's views on homosexuality] She has her own opinion. If people want to listen to it, that's fine... I don't believe in shutting anybody up.
9 Be strong, speak true and spread the peace.

#Trademark
1 Raspy, smoky vocals

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