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