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

Melissa Etheridge confirmed for Bluesfest 2016

SUPERSTAR rocker singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge will be stopping by Tyagarah as part of her This Is M.E. Australian tour, in her Bluesfest debut on Sunday, March 27, 2016.

An Academy Award and Grammy winning artist, Etheridge, will take the stage 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,  Bring Me Some Water, Like the Way I Do and I Want To Come Over. 

Known for her iconic raspy, smoky vocals, 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.

Since Melissa Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 with the release of her critically acclaimed 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 renowned documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

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

Early in her recording career, Etheridge acknowledged her sexual orientation when it was considered less than prudent to do so. It gave way not only to the world embracing both Melissa and her music, but an ally and champion for the LGBT community.

In October 2004, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer, a health battle that 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. By doing so she gave hope to many women afflicted with the disease.

This will be Melissa's first visit to Australia since 2012 and she will also be performing at the Enmore theatre in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Bluesfest Byron Bay will be held from Thursday, March 24 to Monday, March 28, 2016. For details visit