The unsaid truth about Melissa Etheridge, Long before Melissa Etheridge was writing songs like “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One,” she was a Kansas girl playing her guitar. According to Rolling Stone, Etheridge moved to Los Angeles on a dream and has loved it ever since, though she describes herself still as “a Midwestern girl.” In fact, her hometown of Leavenworth “threw a Melissa Etheridge Day last November,” per the outlet, so it’s clear she’s still loved back home.
Despite her humble roots, Etheridge’s career blew up with her songs dominating billboard charts in the 90s and early 2000s, according to Rolling Stone. However, in 2004, Etheridge was sideswiped by a breast cancer diagnosis, according to People. She had to cancel her North American tour at the time but thankfully recovered.
Etheridge has done so much throughout her career, both in terms of musical success but also as an activist who has gotten involved with many groups, specifically with LGBTQ community.