Melissa Ethridge readies to rock at Visalia Fox
Catch the electrifying performance of American artist Melissa Ethridge as she brings her timeless hits to the Visalia Fox Theatre
VISALIA – Get ready to “rock-n-roll” your way to the Visalia Fox Theatre as Melissa Etheridge prepares to take the stage this upcoming spring, proving that her music, like fine wine, only gets better with time.
The Visalia Fox is proud to announce Melissa Etheridge will be performing live at The Fox on Friday, March 29. The show doors will open up at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m.
Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Etheridge has remained one of America’s favorite female singers for more than two decades. In February 2007, Etheridge celebrated a career milestone with a victory in the “Best Song” category at the Academy Award for “I Need to Wake Up,” written for the Al Gore documentary on global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth.”
As a performer and songwriter, Etheridge has shown herself to be an artist who has never allowed “inconvenient truths” to keep her down. Earlier in her recording career, Etheridge acknowledged her sexual orientation when it was considered less than prudent to do so. In October 2004, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, a health battle that, with her typical tenacity, she won.
Despite losing her hair from chemotherapy, Etheridge appeared on the 2005 Grammy telecast to sing “Piece of My Heart” in tribute to Janis Joplin – giving hope to many women afflicted with the disease, as noted by various biographies on her story.
A venue presale for Ethridge’s performance at the Visalia Fox Theatre will be on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. exclusively for Fox Pass Members. Tickets will be on sale to the general public the day after on Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. Tickets for the showing can be purchased at www.foxvisalia.org or www.etix.com.
For her story, Etheridge first stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which led to an appearance on the 1989 Grammy Awards show. For several years, her popularity grew around such memorable originals as “Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs” and “Ain’t It Heavy,” for which she won a Grammy in 1992.
However, it was with her fourth album “Yes I Am” (1993) that Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride. The collection featured the massive hits, “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Window,” a searing song of longing that brought Etheridge her second Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Performance. In 1995, Etheridge issued her highest charting album, “Your Little Secret,” which was distinguished by the hit single, “I Want to Come Over.”
Her astounding success that year led to Etheridge receiving the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Pop Awards in 1996.
On Oct. 7, 2016 Etheridge released Memphis Rock & Soul, her first album since 2014’s critically lauded “This Is M.E.” Recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis, the album received stellar reviews from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Parade, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and more.
She followed that up with the release of “The Medicine Show” in April, 2019. For “The Medicine Show,” Ethridge reunited with celebrated producer John Shanks and sounds as rousing as ever, bringing a new level of artistry to her 15th studio recording. “The Medicine Show” deals with universal themes of renewal, reconciliation, reckoning, compassion and, most profoundly, healing.
In June of 2020, Etheridge launched her own live streaming subscription and single ticket concert platform, Etheridge TV and has done over 200 live streams in 2020. On Sept. 17, 2021, she released a new album called “One Way Out,” a nine-track album is a collection of songs Etheridge wrote in the late ’80s and early ’90s that didn’t make the cut at the time.
More recently, in October 2022, saw Ethridge’s return to the theater with her one woman show, “My Window — A Journey Through Life.” The critically acclaimed, sold-out run premiered at New World Stages on Oct. 13 and opened at Circle In the Square Theatre on Broadway in September.