American singer Melissa Etheridge is coming to Bluesfest 2016.
American singer Melissa Etheridge is coming to Bluesfest 2016. Contributed

Melissa Etheridge brings 27 years of experience to Bluesfest

ACADEMY Award and Grammy winning artist Melissa Etheridge will take to the Bluesfest stage for the first time in 2016 with 27 years of rock under her belt.

Since Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her self-titled debut album, she has been nominated for 17 Grammys and won two, as well as an Academy Award for Best Original Song for I Need to Wake Up, from Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth (2006).

In October 2004 Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer, and underwent surgery and chemotherapy.

At the 2005 Grammy Awards she made a return to the stage and, although bald from chemotherapy, performed a tribute to Janis Joplin with the song, Piece of My Heart.

Among her many accolades, Etheridge even has her own star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.

Speaking from the US, Etheridge said she was working on a special show for her Bluesfest debut.

"When it comes to something like Bluesfest, I am going to lean pretty heavily on the hits, the songs that people know and love," she said.

"For something like Bluesfest, when people really go to hear rock 'n' roll and guitar-driven music, I'm going to give them a lot of that.

"It will be music from the first and second albums (Melissa Etheridge, 1988, and Brave and Crazy, 1989) and maybe a couple of new songs from my latest album This Is M.E. (2014).

"What I want to do is I want to leave people shocked that they didn't know how well I can play guitar," she said.

Etheridge said she had introduced a more emotional style of songwriting in rock.

At Tyagarah, Byron Bay, on Sunday, March 27, 2016. For details visit www.bluesfest.com.au.



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