Melissa Etheridge: "This is M.E."

Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell, MA Venue Information
Buy Tickets Saturday August 29, 2015 7:30 PM
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Academy Award and GRAMMY winning artist, Melissa Etheridge, will take the stage with her band to perform songs from her new album, This is M.E., as well as some of her greatest hits like "Come to My Window", "I'm The Only One" and "I Want To Come Over". Known for her iconic voice, profound lyrics and riveting stage presence; Melissa will share personal stories about her remarkable journey through life and the inspiration behind some of her most beloved songs.

A billion stars out in an endless sky, and I won't be alone, won't be alone, won't be alone tonight... That resolute yearning, that longing for connection, for contact, for touch. These are the core forces powering Melissa Etheridge's cherished songs throughout her singular career. But as the rousing chorus of "I Won't Be Alone Tonight," the opening song of her album This is M.E., it holds some new meaning, new context.

With this album, her 12th collection of new material, she is not alone as a songwriter. For the vibrant collection she teamed with some of the most creative, inventive figures on the music scene: Jerrod Bettis (Adele, One Republic, Eric Hutchinson, Gavin DeGraw), Jon Levine (Nelly Furtado, K'Naan, Selena Gomez), JerryWonda (Grammy Award-winning producer of the Fugees, Mary J. Blige, Akon) and Roccstar (Usher, Chris Brown) at the forefront. It was a very new way of doing things for the artist, who counts two Grammy Awards and 17 nominations, an Academy Award (for "I Need to Wake Up" from the Al Gore documentary An Inconvenient Truth) and a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame among her many accolades.

Recording the new album proved an inspiring, electrifying experience for her, the best kind of challenge. And the resultant energy is clear in the songs. "I haven't been this excited about making music and creating in ages," Etheridge says. "Song after song was a great experience."

Make no mistake, the album's declarative title is fully fitting - not despite the collaborations, but because of them. The powerful lyrics and incomparable voice, the indelible melodies, the blazing guitars could be from no one else. And same for the soulful joy and unbridled passion powering every note, from the big sing-along pop hooks of "A Little Hard Hearted" and "Do It Again" to the greasy, swampy sounds of "Ain't That Bad" and "Stranger Road."

These are songs right from her heart, the frisky flirtation of "Take My Number" and mystery-trip "Stranger Road" among those drawing on scenes and settings of her Kansas upbringing. And "Who Are You Waiting For" closes the album on the most intimate, emotional, personal, lump-in-the-throat note of her entire career. It's the song she wrote for and debuted at her wedding earlier this year to Linda Wallem. As the album title says, this is all Melissa Etheridge - ME. It also marks the debut of her independent label, ME Records, a venture that gave Etheridge new freedoms to explore creative avenues. The whole process, she says, has been invigorating. "It's a liberating responsibility," she says, noting that it's not a contradiction in terms. "I was liberated to make my own choices, to be in charge of where every dime went, who exactly I wanted to record with. And it was a responsibility to say, "How can I get the best out of me and get the end result I'm looking for."

This is M.E. comes in a very active stretch for Etheridge, even by her seemingly tireless standards. In addition to her steady touring, both with her band and as a solo act, she did a week stint in the role of St. Jimmy in American Idiot on Broadway in 2011, continued her noted activism speaking to the United Nations on LGBT rights as human rights, sang her own "Uprising of Love" and John Lennon's "Imagine" as part of this year's New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square and performed at the opening ceremonies of the WorldPride week in Toronto. But the making of the album was inspired and inspiring, energized and energizing. It's there in every note. The bottom line, she says, simply: "I've made an album I love."


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