Etheridge to bring ‘Yes I Am’ tour to Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege

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WYE MILLS — Melissa Etheridge will cel­e­brate the 25th an­niver­sar y of her Gram­my­win­ning al­bum “Yes I Am” at 8 p.m. Tues­day, Oct. 9, at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege’s Todd Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter.

“We are thrilled to bring this block­buster per­former to the Mid-Shore through our part­ner­ship with Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege,” said Suzy Moore, house man­ager at the Avalon Theatre in Eas­ton. “The Todd Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter’s 904-seat ca­pac­ity makes it pos­si­ble to host such a leg­en­dar y act like Melissa.”

Etheridge hit her com­mer­cial and artis­tic stride in 1993 with her fourth al­bum, “Yes I Am.” The six-time plat­inum re­lease, which spent more than two and half years on the al­bum charts, fea­tured the mas­sive hits “I’m the Only One” and “Come to My Win­dow,” a song of long­ing that brought her a se­cond Grammy (Best Fe­male Rock Vo­cal) ,along with sev­eral ad­di­tional Grammy nom­i­na­tions.

She is known for her raspy, soul­ful vo­cals; hon­est, con­fes­sional lyrics; and pop-based folk-rock. She has re­leased sev­eral top-sell­ing

al­bums in her ca­reer.

Her self-ti­tled de­but al­bum in 1988 was cer­ti­fied dou­ble plat­inum, es­tab­lish­ing her pop­u­lar­ity as a singer­song­writer and gui­tarist with such songs as “Bring Me Some Wa­ter,” “No Sou­venirs” and “Ain’t It Heavy,” for which she won her first

Grammy for Best Fe­male Rock Vo­cal.

Prais­ing her 2016 re­lease “Mem­phis Rock and Soul,” Amer­i­can Song­writer wrote that her “nat­u­rally bois­ter­ous grits and gravy ap­proach is per­fectly suited to tackle songs from the sim­i­larly styled vo­cals of Otis Red­ding, Sam & Dave, Al­bert King, etc., and she sure has the at­ti­tude to blow some new life into the (mostly) es­tab­lished classics she in­ter­prets here.”

In ad­di­tion to winning an Os­car in 2007 for “I Need to Wake Up” (Best Orig­i­nal Song), Etheridge made her Broad­way de­but in 2011 as St. Jimmy in Green Day’s rock opera, “Amer­i­can Id­iot.” In the same year, she was awarded a star on the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame.

Tick­ets range in price start­ing at $75, and are avail­able at the Avalon box of­fice (410-822-7299) and on­line at www.aval­onthe­atre.com.

Melissa Etheridge will per­form Tues­day, Oct. 9, at the Todd Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter of Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege.

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